top of page

Navigating California's SB 9

As California grapples with its housing crisis, the introduction of Senate Bill 9 (SB 9) in 2021 marked a significant shift in the state's housing landscape. As a seasoned realtor, I, Michael Forkas, am here to decode SB 9 and its impact on homeowners and potential buyers in the Golden State.

Understanding SB 9: The Basics

SB 9, which came into effect in 2021, fundamentally changes what can be done with single-family parcels. Under SB 9, homeowners have the opportunity to split their lot, potentially transforming a single-family home into two. This landmark law was envisioned to significantly increase California’s housing stock by facilitating the construction of over 700,000 new homes.

Assessing SB 9's Real Impact

While the goal of SB 9 was noble – to alleviate the housing shortage and reduce homelessness – its real-world impact has been a different story. As I've explored in my series, the actual effect of SB 9 has been minimal. Cities like Los Angeles and San Diego have seen a relatively low uptake in applications for lot splits or new units. High construction costs, lack of expertise, and restrictive local ordinances have all contributed to this limited impact.

Challenges and Implications of SB 9

The complexity of SB 9 extends beyond its potential for creating new housing. Municipalities are grappling with the possible doubling of homes and populations in their communities, which raises concerns about infrastructure, including roads, sewer systems, water, fire safety, and schools. Moreover, cities are using various methods, including extensive red tape and high fees, to combat the rapid changes brought by SB 9, further complicating its implementation.

Conclusion: Your Trusted Guide in a Changing Market

In this evolving housing market, understanding the nuances of laws like SB 9 could be crucial to your property decisions. As your dedicated real estate expert, I'm here to guide you through these complexities. Whether you're a homeowner looking to explore SB 9's possibilities or a buyer navigating this dynamic market, I offer the assurance of my unique promise: your home sold guaranteed, or I'll buy it.

For personalized advice and insights into the California real estate market, don't hesitate to contact me, Michael Forkas, at 925-351-4924. Let’s navigate these changes together and find the best solutions for your real estate needs.

Do you think SB 9 is working?

  • Yes

  • No

headshot of Michael Forkas

About Michael Forkas: Michael Forkas is not your typical real estate agent. After building a successful real estate development company, he pivoted his career to provide unmatched service to homeowners. Michael stands by his promise: "Your Home SOLD Guaranteed or I'll Buy it at a Price YOU Agree to!" He won't sell you a home he wouldn't buy himself, ensuring a trademarked approach that guarantees satisfaction and success.

Recent Posts

See All


Content by Forkas Home Team Walnut Creek Realtors

bottom of page