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Colorado Association of REALTORS® Names 2020 Legislators of the Year

ENGLEWOOD, CO – The Colorado Association of REALTORS® (CAR), the state's largest real estate trade association representing more than 26,500 members statewide, has identified four Colorado policymakers as “Legislators of the Year” for 2020. Senator Jeff Bridges, Senator Joann Ginal, Representative Bri Buentello, and Representative Kevin Van Winkle have all been recognized by CAR for their efforts to support the American dream of homeownership, including work...

Bipartisan American Dream Down Payment Act of 2020 Supported by CAR, NAR

Bipartisan bill would create savings accounts to allow prospective homebuyers to more easily save for down payments and other eligible costs associated with buying a home  Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Doug Jones (D-AL) today introduced the American Dream Down Payment Act of 2020. As Americans face unprecedented challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, the bipartisan legislation would help...

REALTORS gathered in front of the Capitol for NAR Midyear Meetings

APPLY TODAY: Legislative Policy Committee and CAR Political Action Committee

Are you looking for new ways to represent your community and industry in important legislative and political decisions? Apply today to serve as a volunteer on CAR’s Legislative Policy Committee or CAR Political Action Committee and represent your industry in statewide matters critical to the future of real estate and property owners. Applications are now being accepted through September 14,...

Colorado State Capitol. Capitol Building in Denver Colorado USA.

CAR Continues to Be Vigilant at the Capitol

By Liz Peetz, CAR VP of Government Affairs In these unconventional times when we are facing enormous obstacles to our daily lives to pursue our businesses, support our families, or try to have honest conversations about what is happening around the country, I am reminded of the powerful words of historian Doris Kerns Goodwin; “Progress goes up and down throughout history, but the most...

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Capitol Connections – June 19, 2020

Government Affairs Update And That's a Wrap, Legislative Session Adjourns Sine Die The final gavel of the 2020 legislative session came down late in the afternoon on Monday.  Looking back to January, many would not have imagined discussions through plexiglass and debates on various legislative proposals carrying on through mid-June. Although stay-at-home orders and social distancing requirements paused the work of the...

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Capitol Connections – June 12, 2020

Government Affairs Update 2020 Legislative Session Nears the Finish Line The Colorado General Assembly is likely to adjourn this weekend if they complete their work. Despite a global pandemic, more than 700 bills were introduced in the 2020 legislative session. The Colorado Association of REALTORS® tracked 89 pieces of legislation and took a position on 49 bills with the direction of CAR's...

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Capitol Connection – June 5, 2020

Government Affairs Update CAR Advocates for Colorado REALTORS® The legislative session is back on and rolling quickly with fast moving Covid-19 relief packages coming to the table for discussion. We expect the pace to continue at a high speed as our state legislators even plan to work over the weekend. Over the past week, CAR's Government Affairs...

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Capitol Connection – May 29, 2020

The Latest from NAR Houses Passes Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the "Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act," which makes several amendments to the CARES Act to make PPP loans more helpful to small businesses by increasing flexibility. The changes include: Extending the program sunset to December 31, 2020; Extending the length of time businesses...

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Capitol Connection – May 9, 2020

The Latest from NAR FHFA Responds to NAR's Letter Requesting Support for Mortgage Liquidity NAR received a letter from the FHFA in response to NAR's letter send to the Treasury, Federal Reserve Board, and FHFA on March 27th requesting their support to improve liquidity in the mortgage market. IRS Grants 1031 Deadline Relief The 45-day and the 180-day deadlines under Section...

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Capitol Connections – April 25, 2020

An Inspirational Note from Elizabeth Peetz, VP of Government Affairs Elizabeth Peetz Covid-19 really makes us all challenge many assumptions that we have held. Can I stay in my home on a regular basis without going stir crazy? Do I cook well enough to take the time to enjoy slowing down to eat with my family or quarantine companion? Can I be...