Proposition 90 – El Dorado County

People are moving to El Dorado County – Good Move!

I was one of a small group of Realtors from the El Dorado County Association of Realtors that lead the crusade…and finally were successful in bringing Prop 90 to our fine County! What a difference it is making for many Retirees…

Housing prices are fabulous, and interest rates are too! Call me for an application-today, and get ready to move! Like I said-Because of Proposition 90-it is just one more reason People are moving to El Dorado County!

Update November 2017-Prop 90 will Sunset on November 7, 2018. Supervisors Hidal, Frentzen, Rinali and Veerkamp voted to end it, Supervisor Novasel was the only one who understood the need to continue for 2 more years and was the only one to vote no. We thank Supervisor Novasel for her efforts. State Propositions are 5 year Propositions for a reason…unfortunately the Board just doesn’t understand all the benefits that Prop 90 offer to our County, they only see the costs. Truly a shame…HOWEVER, you can still take advantage of the Tax Savings-as we have been given a 1 year grace period…if you would like more information on Prop 90, please do not hesitate to call. For a copy of the Application, you may and Email or call for a sample version.

See my Blog Post for additional information.

Update July 2016-The Board of Supervisors extended the expiration date until September 30, 2021!

This is great news for many-I am currently helping 4 families in their move from the Bay Area-and they are all going to save a bundle! One question I am asked regularly-is “can my son or daughter be on title with me? and/or on the loan?” The answer is YES! details are in section 69.5 of the Proposition.

I will continue to lobby for Prop. 90! Check in here, or call me for the latest-530-676-4447 or 916-616-0874…I am here to be a resource to you…the only place you need to go for all your questions on Prop 90-or any other topic in the field of Real Estate!

Since its passage, Proposition 13 prohibits property tax increases until property ownership is changed.

If either spouse is over age 55 (when the old home is sold), PROP 60 allows replacement of a primary residence with a new home of equal or lesser value (but see below) within the same county and transfer of the Prop 13 assessed valuation from the old home to the new property. This is allowed once in your lifetime, and a spouse who has done it before ‘taints’ both spouses.

PROP 90 allows counties to elect to accept transfers of Prop 13 values for moves from other counties when a primary residence is replaced with a less expensive (but see below) home. If you are over 55 and move into a county which accepts Prop 90, you may take your old, lower Prop 13 value, regardless of from which county you move.

Using Prop 90, you can sell your $400,000 San Francisco home [assessed value $80,000] and move to a new $300,000 home in San Mateo; the new San Mateo assessed value will be $80,000!

7 COUNTIES WHICH ACCEPT PROP 90 (Current as of 6/1/2014)
Alameda, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Ventura. [Contra Costa, Inyo, Kern, Riverside, Modoc, Monterey, and Marin have dropped out of the Prop 90 program.]

Props 60 and 90 apply if you “trade down” (i.e. the new home costs less than the sales price of the old home).

– If you buy New Home 1st; then sell the Old Home, you must go down in price.

– If you sell the Old Home1st; then buy the New Home:

  • In 1st 365 days after the sale of Old Home, you may go up 5% in the purchase price of New Home.
  • If you buy New Home more than 1 year from the sale of Old Home, but less than 2 years, you may go up 10%.

Saving on Property Taxes   Retired Couple just bought using Prop 90 width=

Some buyers can pay the commission outside of escrow to lower to sales price. Example: I sold for $100,000 and then want to buy next week for $120,000. The seller will owe a commission of $7,200. The seller will owe $2,800 of other expenses.

I sold 1st so I must buy for no more than $105,000. If I pay the seller’s expenses of $10,000, the price is down to $110,000. Hmm. If I buy the stove, refrigerator, and lawn furniture for $6,000, it looks like I qualify. WARNING: I do not suggest this is a valid idea.

Our Board of Supervisors, here in El Dorado County adopted the Proposition February of 2011.  This will change the outlook in our County in a very positive way.  When real estate prices began to fall and property owners began their requests for reassessments-of course to lower values-this of course resulted in lower tax revenues to the County. How does EDC put a stop to the continued reduction of RE values/revenue? Prop 90 is just the answer.

Check out the official website for El Dorado County-for more information-
County Assessor Information on Prop 90