HDAOR March 2016 General Meeting
The High Desert Association of Realtors (HDAOR) held their monthly meeting at the Green Tree Inn. The organization recently had to move into a temporary office in Victorville after their Hesperia office received some damage.
The membership discussed the damaged building and whether to repair it or go ahead with a remodel that has been under discussion for several years.
HDAOR President Serena Whyte asked the crowd what they thought, and consensus appeared to lean towards doing the full remodel, as the building is quite old and the association has the money saved to cover the cost. Bids are being accepted for the construction work.
New Realtor members were recognized, along with new Affiliate members.
Speaker CPA Jim Quinn talked about taxes, after telling a few jokes about the boring personality of a CPA. His main focus was on deductions, and specifically pointed out that travel, transportation, meals and lodging is the one area where people have to be particularly careful about recordkeeping. He said the IRS will not allow the deductions for these items if you do not keep good records. He also said tax on long-term capital gains may increase, and could spur real estate sales. He also talked about tax-free property exchanges in California requiring a new form to be filed (Form 3840).
The HDAOR is helping get the word out about Hesperia’s new landlord ordinance, and meetings are scheduled throughout the year to help educate people, and also promote the Neighborhood Watch program.
A cake and cookie raffle ended the meeting on a “sweet” note, and was lots of fun, with Linda West dressed as a hobo acting as the auctioneer.
If you are interested in joining the HDAOR, visit their temporary office at 14281 Seventh St., Victorville, or call (760) 244-8841.
Public Outreach – Making Neighborhoods Safer
The HDAOR is participating in an information spreading campaign to get the word out about two programs.
Any rental property within the city limits of Hesperia is now required to participate in the Crime Free Rental Housing Program. This new ordinance covers property owners/management companies of residential single-family or multi-family rental property, and tenants who occupy rental properties.
For questions, contact Karen Hunt at (760) 947-1500, or attend a free meeting on March 23 at 3 & 6pm.
Neighborhood Watch (NW): With assistance from the Crime Prevention staff at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s, HDAOR provides information and resources on how to start and maintain a NW group. Crime prevention is the best way to help keep our homes and our neighborhoods safe.
One of the most effective crime prevention tools is NW. It is simply an organized group of citizens devoted to crime and vandalism prevention within a neighborhood.
The HDAOR is hosting a FREE, public meeting on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 at 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. at their office at 14281 7th Street, Victorville. Call (760) 244-8841 for information. and we invite you to come and receive information and resources to start and maintain a healthy Neighborhood Watch program.
The HDAOR Office Relocated!
14281 7th Street Victorville, CA 92395
Due to heavy rains that we have been experiencing this year and intrusion of water into the building, an investigation was undertaken by professional environmental consultants, and their report found organisms traditionally associated with mold may be present in the walls of the building. The Association has committed to remediating any potential mold condition, and until environmental consultants certify the building has met remediation standards, the employees will be relocated and membership and public events will not be hosted in the building.