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Did you know? Home inspectors not regulated by state of Colorado

When it comes to home inspectors, the amount of government oversight varies between states. Colorado is one state that chooses not to regulate home inspectors, meaning it's up to buyers and sellers to do their homework.   There are buyers themselves, facing fierce competition and skipping inspections altogether in Colorado.   "Unfortunately, I have seen that happen," said Matthew Leprino with the Colorado Association...

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6 Trends to Know about Fire Season in the Western U.S.

Lately, it feels like we’re hearing about wildfires erupting in the western United States more often. But how have wildfire occurrences changed over the decades?   Researchers with the NASA-funded Rehabilitation Capability Convergence for Ecosystem Recovery (RECOVER) have analyzed more than 40,000 fires from Colorado to California between 1950 to 2017 to learn how wildfire frequency, size, location, and a few other traits have...

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Homes with no energy bills are catching on — even in Pueblo — and the extra cost isn’t as high as you’d think

A study that found building net-zero homes costs not much more than standard homes changed the trajectory of a Pueblo housing project. Now, more than 5,000 net-zero ready homes are proposed for Colorado.   Pueblo has seen an uptick in new residents moving in from the Front Range looking for a home that’s “a little less expensive,” said Scott Hobson, an assistant...

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An Interview with 2019 CAR Chair Justin Knoll

How long have you been in real estate and why did you decide to make this your career?    I am a 4th generation REALTOR®, a story that began with my great grandfather, then my grandmother, to my mom, and now me. My mom is still an agent after 45 years in the business. I always joked that it’s like the mob:...

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Colorado REALTORS Laud Legislators of the Year

The Colorado Association of REALTORS® has named it's Legislators of the Year.   They are Sen. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs, and Reps. Matt Gray, D-Broomfield; Mike Weissman, D-Aurora; and Terri Carver, R-Colorado Springs its legislators of the year.   “Our legislative policy committee, comprised of members throughout the state of Colorado, has carefully considered this decision and believes that a legislator whose approachability and...

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Half of Coloradans Now Live in Areas at Risk to Wildfires

As of 2017, approximately 2.9 million people live in Colorado’s wildland-urban interface (WUI) – the area where human improvements are built close to, or within, natural terrain and flammable vegetation – compared to 2 million people just five years earlier. The new figure represents approximately half of the state’s total population.   To read this article in full, please visit the Colorado...

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California Wildfire, CAR Foundation Disaster Relief Request 11/26/18

California Wildfire CAR Foundation Disaster Relief Request 11/26/18   [caption id="attachment_29023" align="aligncenter" width="488"] Charred truck in front of home burned to the ground in the recent wildfire fire storm in Redding, California. Smoke and ash in the air as the fire continues to burn several miles away.[/caption]   Dear REALTOR® Family,   The wildfires in California have caused massive destruction and destroyed the lives of many people. ...

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Affordability Index Retrospect

Affordability Index Retrospect Index Over Time Shows a Complex Story Behind Affordability Issues in Colorado   By Matthew Leprino   You aren’t wrong. Living in Colorado isn’t exactly ‘affordable’ these days. Our incredible State has been evolving for some time now and the potency of that change is no clearer than in the lack of affordability of our real estate market. A relatively new statistic...

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Housing affordability hits lowest point for Colorado markets

The Housing Affordability Index across Colorado is at its lowest point since the Colorado Association of REALTORS® started the measurement in January 2010, according to a Monday press release from the organization.   Looking at both the seven-county metro area and statewide markets, affordability is down 18 percent from this time last year for single-family homes and 20 percent for condos/townhomes, the...

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Colorado Gives Day: Tuesday, December 4th

COLORADO GIVES DAY ### Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. We invite you to join us on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 and donate to the Colorado Association of REALTORS® Foundation. Over the span of 25 years, The CAR Foundation has invested $7.7 million to support Colorado nonprofits that encourage safe and...