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Government Affairs

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...

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...

Brian Urdiales, Metro District Chair-Elect for CAR, Running for Fort Morgan City Council Seat

REALTOR and Metro District Chair-elect for CAR, Brian Urdiales is seeking the Fort Morgan City Council District #1 seat in next month's election. The Fort Morgan Times recently profiled Urdiales. Brian Urdiales sees his candidacy for the Ward 1 Fort Morgan City Council seat as a natural progression from his involvement in politics, particularly his time on the city’s...

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...

FHA Condo Rule Change Could Help More Buyers Break into Boulder Market

On Oct. 15, new rules will go into effect that will reduce regulatory barriers, making purchasing a condo in more expensive markets a bit easier. For example, the new rule will allow certain individual condominium units to be eligible for FHA mortgage insurance even if the condominium project is not FHA approved. (The condo unit needs to be in a...

REALTORS® a Voice for Property Owners as Colorado Advances Broadband

Elizabeth Peetz, Vice President of Government Affairs from the Colorado Association of REALTORS®, stops in to interview with Christopher for a Community Broadband Bits Podcast. In this discussion, Peetz discusses the effect broadband has had on the Colorado real estate market and how CAR becomes involved in related legislation. She talks about recent changes in state law and the Association's opinions...

Unsung Hero Housing Legislation 2019

By CAR's Government Affairs Vice President Elizabeth Peetz Happy Summer! The USA Women’s team won the World Cup in France and we are post all-star break, with half the season left to go in baseball. And before you know it, we will be talking about the preparation for the 2020 legislative session. But first let’s take stock of where we are...