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REALTORS® Announce $2 million relief grant for victims of Boulder County fires

Application process now open to displaced residents ENGLEWOOD, CO – The Colorado Association of REALTORS® Foundation has been awarded a $2 million grant from the REALTORS® Relief Foundation to be distributed to victims of the December 2021 fires that ravaged Boulder County, destroying more than 1,000 residential properties. Funded through donations from REALTORS® and REALTOR® organizations and administered by the Colorado Association of...

REALTORS® Start Community Housing Facebook Page for Marshall Fire

More than 3,000 people have joined the Facebook page, Marshall Fire Housing Needs and Availability, created by REALTORS® Susan Schliep and Amanda DiVito Parle. Schliep got the idea while driving home and remembering what her parents experienced after losing their home in Grand County’s East Troublesome fire in Oct. 2020. “Fourteen months after the East Troublesome and only two homeowners have rebuilt. And they got after...

Colorado Springs Fire Victims Remember Aftermath, Rebuilding

Colorado Springs REALTOR® Eddie Hurt remembers his home being destroyed in the 2012 Waldo Canyon: “In 2012, Colorado Springs home prices had been declining but leveled off by 2012 so that helped folks have sufficient insurance coverage,” he recalled. Fast-forward to 2022, and real estate in both the Colorado Spring and Boulder areas have seen home prices increase by about...

Northern Colorado Wildfire Homeowners Face Many Challenges to Rebuild

In addition to the historic low inventory in housing in Colorado, homeowners affected by the fire cannot rebuild quickly enough. “It’s going to take forever,” said Kelly Moye, CAR spokesperson and Boulder REALTOR®.  A home in the Denver metro area that once took 5 months to build now takes 10 months. In what the Associated Press is calling “Pandemic-era challenges,” the obstacles to rebuilding include labor...

REPORT: REALTORS® Help Fire Victims Find Shelter

Colorado REALTORS® and disaster relief organizations worked swiftly in the early hours of the disaster to find housing for those displaced by the fire. REALTORS® Amanda DiVito Parle and Shannon Schliep launched the Marshall Fire Housing Needs and Availability Facebook page. Knowing that Boulder’s real estate inventory only had less than 2,000 homes and rental units available, they knew they needed to act fast: “I think initially...

Support Boulder County Wildfire Victims

CAR Family – Although the Marshall and Middle Fork fires continue to burn across Boulder County and the surrounding communities, our leadership team has been working with local association leaders and your CAR Foundation to take some initial steps in support of the thousands of wildfire victims. Beginning immediately, you can make financial contributions to the CAR Foundation using the link below. This is...

To our CAR Family and friends

We are all horrified to watch the catastrophic wildfire destruction that is taking place across Boulder County and the surrounding communities. It’s no surprise that we’ve already heard from so many of our members asking how they can help. In these earliest hours/days of this tragedy, we’re working to gather information, talk with local association leaders, community partners and emergency management officials to define the...

New Aspects of Wildfires Endanger Housing; REALTORS® Can Help

The saga to build much-needed housing inventory in our mountain communities continues with some new challenges. According to a report from Community Wildfire Planning Center, the number of units built in the wildland-urban interface in Colorado increased 74% since 2010. This also includes an acreage increase of 300% from 2010-2030. Some mountain towns that are unable to sustain these increases are turning down development due...

REALTOR® Disaster Relief for Communities Devastated by Tornadoes

REALTORS® know how important a home is to a family, and what is at stake when a home is damaged or lost. We also know the importance of community support. It is in our nature to step in and step up to help those affected by misfortune.  Our hearts are with the many communities across Kentucky, Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, Mississippi, and Tennessee that were devastated by...