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Call for Volunteers – REfresh Expo

Why would I want to participate?   YOU will join a group of passionate real estate professionals and help build a brand new conference & expo experience for our industry.     What is the REfresh Expo?   It's a new extraordinary experience for real estate professionals, in collaboration with key partners in the real estate industry (Xcel Energy, REcolorado, FirstBank, Colorado Association of REALTORS® to name a few)....

Home Sales Expected to Expand Modestly in 2017

WASHINGTON (December 14, 2016) — Existing-home sales are forecast to muster only a small gain in 2017 because of increasing mortgage rates and shrinking consumer confidence that now is a good time to buy a home, according to new consumer survey findings and a 2017 housing forecast update from the National Association of Realtors®. In NAR's fourth quarter Housing Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) survey 1,...

Scam Alert: Emails with Fraudulent Wire Transfer Instructions

    Cybercriminals are targeting home buyers and sellers nationwide. DORA offers tips on how to protect yourself. DENVER --- The Colorado Division of Real Estate at the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) warns Colorado consumers to beware of a national cyber-scam currently taking place that steals money directly from home buyers and sellers. The Division continues to receive information about this cyber scam in which cybercriminals hack...

Real Estate Transaction Scam/Fraud Alert

Criminals Hack Broker Emails to Scam Closing or Earnest Funds In the past two weeks, CTM Software and the Colorado Association of REALTORS® (CAR) has been made aware of several attempts to deceive real-estate agents and title company employees into wiring earnest money and/or closing funds into a fraudulent account. In a small number of cases, these criminals have been successful...

Colorado Ranks 8th in Down Payment Programs

Colorado ranks 8th in the nation among states with the most down payment programs, according to Q2 data released by Down Payment Resource. With 68 programs available, Colorado programs offer closing cost assistance grants, mortgage credit certificates, first mortgage loans, and other programs such as employer assisted housing programs. Down Payment Resource has increased to include three percent more programs; 87%...

Down Payment Program A “Gold Mine”

Featured in Inman News on May 20th, the Down Payment Resource program is capturing the attention of real estate professionals and consumers alike. To see the full article in Inman News, click here. Although 87 percent of homes qualify for down payment assistance, many potential homebuyers have no idea that they may be eligible for programs that could save them thousands...

87% Qualify for Down Payment Help

More than 68 million single-family and condo households, about 87 percent, would qualify for down payment assistance available in the county where they are located. That's why CAR, in partnership with Down Payment Resource, has made available a portal through which both members and prospective homeowners can research their eligibility for various down payment assistance program based on property information, household...

E&O Coverage More Important Than You Think

We all know insurance is important. There’s a reason we have coverage on our health, homes and lives. We understand why brokers in Colorado are required to carry errors and omissions (E&O) insurance.  The total paid claims against REALTORS® in Colorado annually is well into the millions of dollars. This includes all fees and legal expenses incurred defending claims.   So if...

Get Your Client’s Mortgage Closed On Time

How Finding the Right Lender Can Get Your Client’s Mortgage Closed On Time By Todd Crowley   Picture this: You’ve been working with your clients for months—putting in additional hours, working late nights and weekends—trying to find them the perfect house. The home is found, the purchase contract is signed, you have worked through the transaction details, and you are ready to close. ...

Reach150 Prize Drawing Winner Announced

Sue Carmony, of Carmony Realty in Boulder, won the Reach150 prize drawing for $500 through random selection of participating members that have reached 3 or more recommendations. Congratulations Sue!   Have you had a chance to check out Reach150? CAR has partnered with Reach150 to help our members build a stellar online reputation through client testimonials. Setting up a free, new account and...