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Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests Selected to Provide the 2020 Capitol Christmas Tree

Media Contacts: Kimberlee Phillips (970) 874-6717 kim.phillips@usda.gov Dylan Peters (970) 874-6625 dylan.peters@usda.gov Coloradans will contribute 10,000 handmade ornaments to be created throughout 2020 capturing Colorado’s colorful scenery and culturally rich and diverse populations   Delta, Colorado, November 22, 2019 – Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests’ officials and partners today announced that the GMUG would provide the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree next year....

REALTORS® Commend HUD for Moving to Limit Companion Animal Policy Abuse

On Nov. 11, 2019, National Association of REALTORS® President John Smaby thanked Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Saturday for taking action to curb the practice of bogus online-generated documentation for service and companion animals. REALTORS® and other housing industry groups have long expressed concerns about how property owners and managers can honor legitimate tenant needs...

iBuyers: What REALTORS® Should Be Doing Now

You could say that iBuyers and their effect on the real estate industry is this year's hot topic. A panel comprised of industry experts discussed the iBuyer phenomenon at this month’s Fall Forum in Beaver Creek, CO, and offered insight into ways REALTORS® can survive in an ever increasingly competitive industry. Brandon Wells, President of The Group, Inc., explained that REAL-TORS®...

Peterson: Why I Hate Transaction Brokerage!

by Scott Peterson, CAR General Counsel In the July issue of the Colorado REALTOR® magazine, I wrote “Be Afraid! Your Misuse of the Transaction Brokerage Relationship” describing some of the changes that were being proposed to the Colorado Real Estate Commission rules regarding brokerage relationships. At its August 5, 2019 meeting, the Real Estate Commission did, in fact, adopt the...

CAR Government Affairs Staff Examines How Communities Are Tackling Housing Affordability

CAR Vice President of Government Affairs Elizabeth Peetz and Government Affairs Manager Bridget Garcia authored an article for the November 2019 issue of Colorado Lawyer in which they discuss how states, including Colorado, are addressing the challenges of affordable housing. As Peetz and Garcia note, states have used a variety of innovative funding sources for affordable housing, which include: Marijuana revenue: the...

CAR’s Liz Peetz Participates in Denver Business Journal’s Health Care Forum

CAR Vice President of Government Affairs Liz Peetz joined local business and industry leaders for the Denver Business Journal's "Health Care Forum" earlier this month. In regards to state officials considering a new public option for Coloradans, Peetz stated, "They seem to be moving fast but this is a really big idea and a huge sector of our economy....

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ELECTION DAY IS AROUND THE CORNER – BALLOTS DUE NOVEMBER 5

Please remember to participate in the voting process as this is a big year for local elections. If you have questions regarding their voter registration, you can visit GoVoteColorado.com. Colorado voters will also decide on two statewide ballot measures: Proposition CC: Referred by the Colorado legislature to the 2019 ballot, Proposition CC would remove revenue caps and allow the state to keep annual...

As Illinois Legalizes Marijuana, CAR’s Scott Peterson and Liz Peetz Discuss Its Impact on Colorado Real Estate

On Jan. 1, 2020, Illinois will join a growing list of U.S. states where it is now legal to sell and consume marijuana. As the state moves towards implementation, REALTORS® in Illinois have been asking how legalization will affect the real estate industry in Illinois. CAR's General Counsel Scott Peterson and VP of Government Affairs Liz Peetz recently spoke with...

New Study Assesses Economic Impact of State Health Care Option

A new study just released by the REMI Partnership (Regional Economic Models, Inc.), of which the Colorado Association of REALTORS® is a member, has found that if Colorado were to offer residents a public health care option, it could negatively impact the state’s economy. HB 19-1004 passed during the last legislative session of the Colorado General Assembly and directed the...

Study Shows Short-Term Rentals Have Little Effect on Cost of Homes

9News recently reported on a study conducted by Denver's Economic Development department showing that short-term rentals, such as AirBNB, have little impact on the cost of homes. Short-term rentals make up about 1% (306,714 units) in Denver. According to the report, “Short term rentals in Denver do not appear to have an impact on housing costs at the citywide level....