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Statement: NAR Applauds Rule Making REALTORS® Eligible to Participate in Association Health Plans

NAR Applauds Rule Making REALTORS® Eligible to Participate in Association Health Plans   WASHINGTON (June 19, 2018) – The U.S Department of Labor today finalized its rule to expand the definition of “employer” to include “working owners,” allowing real estate professionals and other self-employed individuals to participate in association health plans. The ruling also makes AHPs available to independent contractors who are offered...

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NAR Call For Action: Reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program

Click here to take action and urge Congress to extend the NFIP and pass meaningful reforms to ensure long-term viability of the program.   The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will expire on July 31, denying necessary insurance coverage to homeowners and buyers in more than 20,000 communities nationwide. Congress must act now to reform and extend the NFIP.   Standard homeowners insurance policies cover wind...

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Economic Impact of Restricting Housing Growth to No More Than 1% in Colorado

A Closer Look at the Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Initiative 66 and Why Housing Matters For the State’s Economic Future   Based upon the projected household growth and recent housing development history, the 10-county front range region covering Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer and Weld, is projected to add an average of around 35,000 and 43,200...

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CFRR Exec Committee Told 1% Growth Limitation a Non-Starter

Hill poll shows ballot Initiative 66 starting off at only 36%   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   JUNE 6, 2018 (Denver) – The leadership committee for the campaign organized to defeat a filed ballot measure received a briefing from its pollster indicating that concern over a proposed 1% growth limitation along the Front Range may in fact be short-lived. The measure starts off with only...

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Two Huge Wins for Colorado’s Conservation Future

By KEN SALAZAR and TOM GOUGEON   We live in a state where three in four residents consider themselves conservationists, and 87% understand that Colorado’s open lands and outdoor lifestyle give the state an economic advantage.   That’s why we hope every Coloradan will take a moment to recognize two huge legislative wins achieved this month for conservation in our state – and what together these wins...

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2018 Colo. Legislature REALTOR Win with Squatters Bill

Author: Dan Njegomir - May 22, 2018 - Updated: May 22, 2018   Builders, developers and real-estate agents as well as affordable-housing advocates, among others, closely watched a number of bills that stood to affect the housing market along with basic property rights. You guessed it: Two legislative chambers run by opposing parties put the kibosh on some proposals those stakeholders opposed while forging compromise...

Squatter Prevention Bill on its Way to Hickenlooper

A Colorado legislative measure born out of frustration with the process of evicting those who illegally take over someone’s home is on its way to Gov. John Hickenlooper for signing.   Senate Bill 15 (SB18-015) will set up a faster process for getting “squatters” — people who move into a home without homeowner authorization — evicted from the premises. The new law will...

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Capitol Connection – May 11, 2018

Sine Die! Wednesday, May 9th, the final gavel came down on the second session of the 71st General Assembly.  In total, 784 bills were introduced.  The Colorado Association of RELATORS® (CAR) tracked 80 bills this year and the Legislative Policy Committee (LPC) took a position on 46 of them.  The split legislature this year with Republicans controlling the Senate and Democrats...

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Capitol Connection – May 4, 2018

House Bill 18-1195: Tax Credit Contributions Organizations Affordable Housing HB18-1195, sponsored by Representative Pabon (D-Denver) and Senator Tate (R-Centennial), provides a state income tax credit for contributions to nonprofit organizations and Housing Authorities engaged in the new construction of affordable housing for homeownership of at least 120% Average Median Income. The donation by an individual or organization must be tied to...

June is RPAC Month!

  37% of Colorado REALTORS® invested in RPAC last year to protect your business and the real estate industry. Don't let the 37% carry the burden this year.     What business risks does RPAC help you mitigate?   PRESERVING INCENTIVES FOR HOMEOWNERSHIP Your RPAC dollars go towards preserving incentives for homeownership, as well as defeating bills that would be harmful to REALTORS®, homeowners, and the economy.   [no_button button_hover_animation="disable_animation"...