When you’re buying or selling a home, REALTORS® have the experience to guide you through the process of homeownership. We can help you find your part of the American dream. The top two reasons why you should use a REALTOR®, and not just a real estate agent, are price negotiation and negotiating the terms of the sale. We have over 1,500 local REALTORS® who are ready to help you. So when you hire a REALTOR®, you have actually hired 1.2 million REALTORS®, who are all members of the National Association of REALTORS®. They are defined by a strict code of ethics and stand on over 100 years of education and training. So before buying or selling a home, look for the REALTOR® trademark, because REALTORS® are the best in the business.

The Clerk’s office is currently conducting recruitments for the following positions:

Planning Commission – Ward 5 (applicants must complete supplemental questionnaire)
Press Release

Keep Bakersfield Beautiful – Ward 5 Regular member and Alternate Member Youth Commission – 8 positions
Keep Bakersfield Beautiful Press Realease
Keep Bakersfield Beauiful Information
Youth Commission Press Release
Youth Commission Application

The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 2, 2017.

We anticipate making these appointments at the Council meeting scheduled for August 16, 2017.

Please see attached Press releases, Data sheets, Applications and Supplemental questionnaire.

Home Prices Jump 6.2 Percent in Second Quarter; Eclipse 2016 High

The headstrong supply and demand imbalances in much of the country slightly tempered the pace of sales and caused home prices to maintain their robust growth in the second quarter, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of Realtors®. The national median existing single-family home price in the second quarter was $255,600, which is up 6.2 percent from the second quarter of 2016.

House Financial Services Committee Reach Agreement to Move Key Flood Insurance Legislation Forward

The National Association of Realtors® today said that significant improvements to the “21st Century Flood Reform Act,” key legislation aimed at strengthening and reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program, have cleared the way for endorsement of the bill. Among the changes, Realtors® support the House Financial Services Committee’s commitment to retaining “grandfathering” – a policy that protects homeowners from significant rate increases when a flood map changes.

84 Percent of Americans See Homeownership as Good Investment, Affordability a Growing Concern


According to the National Association of Realtors®’ 2017 National Housing Pulse Survey, concerns over housing affordability show clear demographic divides especially among unmarried and non-white Americans. More than five out of 10 unmarried and non-white Americans view the lack of available affordable housing as a big problem, compared to only 40 percent of married and white Americans.



Perhaps you need to sell your home and relocate because you're changing jobs. Or, maybe you need a larger home to accommodate a growing family or a smaller home since your children have moved out on their own. There are myriad reasons why people sell their homes, but no matter the circumstances, it's in your best interest to approach the transaction armed with information and assisted by the expertise of a REALTOR®.