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Government Affairs

Eighth Amended Public Health Order 20-28 “Safer at Home” Allows for Open Houses Under Strict Guidelines

The new amended order, dated June 30, 2020, states: “All Field Services , including real estate, may resume operations, in accordance with the requirements of this Order including Appendix B . Real estate includes in-person real estate showings and marketing services which must adhere to Social Distancing Requirements with cleaning and disinfection between each showing. Open houses must follow the Indoor Event requirements in Section...

Secretary of State Jena Griswold Applauds Signing of Remote Notary Legislation into Law

On Friday, June 26, Gov. Jared Polis signed the Remote Notary legislation into law. Colorado Secretary of State issued the following statement: DENVER, Colo.- Today, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold applauded the signing of the Remote Notaries Protect Privacy bill into law after it passed the House and Senate unanimously. Following an Executive Order by Governor Polis in March, the...

NAR Advocacy Wins in CFPB Decision

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the single-director structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is unconstitutional. With this decision, the bureau’s director can no longer be removed from the position only for cause but instead will serve at the discretion of the president at will. For REALTORS®, the most notable outcome is that the decision does not invalidate...

CAR Sends Letter to Governor Polis Requesting Allowance to Resume Responsible Open Houses

As with other marketing activities currently allowed, we believe that REALTORS® will be able to host open houses under specific health and safety guidelines that would allow an important element of real estate marketing to return to Colorado for the summer selling season and could be managed safely and responsibility by our industry participants. We hope that our industry has...

Industry Stakeholders Ask Governor Polis to Sign SB20-096

On June 22, CAR signed onto an industry stakeholder letter that asks Governor Polis to sign SB20-096 as a necessary replacement for remote notarizations. SB20-096 permits a notary public to perform a notarial act remotely on electronic documents. A notary public may notarize electronic documents for a remotely located individual so long as the notarial act occurs using an electronic...

2020 Census: REALTOR® Participation Is Key

This year marks the 24th Census count since its inception in 1790. As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the United States is required to count every person living, regardless of age, in the United States and five U.S. territories every 10 years. The data collected provides policymakers, business owners, school systems, and REALTORS®, with information that fuels economic prosperity across the country. Critical federal funding for...

Liz Peetz: Pandemic Will Shift Focus of State Legislature When It Reconvenes this Month

Elizabeth Peetz, Vice President of Government Affairs I always say that my job is never boring and that CAR is always there to fight for our industry. It's no different during this remote social distancing period. Here are a few updates on what is happening in the Government Affairs arena. The Colorado General Assembly is reconvening on May 18th and legislators really have...

Updated REALTOR® Guidance – April 27, 2020

A lot of you are asking, can I show property in my area? The answer to that question depends on the county in which you live and work. While the state Order has transitioned to a Safer at Home policy that provides guidance for real estate showings (see the full Public Health Order 20-28), some counties have opted to extend their stay-at-home orders that may impact your ability to provide showings. These local...

Clarity on Real Estate as Essential Business – April 8, 2020

We understand that the last 36 hours has resulted in a lot of confusion for real estate practitioners in Colorado regarding exactly which functions of a transaction are permitted under the state’s interpretation of essential services. The Colorado Association of REALTORS® continues to actively work to obtain clarification based not only on recent guidance issued by the Attorney General’s office, but also on statements made...

CAR COVID-19 Update: Stay at Home Order and Essential Services Interpretation

With the continually evolving COVID-19 circumstances that are impacting all of our personal and professional lives, the Colorado Association of REALTORS® staff and leadership team are committed to providing you with timely, factual information throughout this crisis. CAR has been in communication with the Attorney General’s office and has learned that the Third Updated Public Health Order 20-24 that was issued in conjunction with the Stay...