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Capitol Connection – February 8, 2019

CAR Economic Summit and REALTOR® Day at the Capitol Focus on the Importance of Homeownership   Thank you to all our members and colleagues who attended CAR's Economic Summit and REALTOR® Day at the Capitol.  We had a busy two-day event with over 250 REALTORS® attending from across the state. At Tuesday's Economic Summit, members had the opportunity to hear from keynote...

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Capitol Connection: February 1, 2019

House Bill 19-1167: Remote Notaries Protect Privacy   HB19-1167 sponsored by Representative Monica Duran (D-Wheat Ridge), Representative Terri Carver (R-Colorado Springs) and Senator Robert Rodriguez (D-Denver), authorizes notaries public to perform a notarial act through use of audio-visual communication, such as technology similar to Skype or FaceTime. It's commonly referred to as "remote notarization." Existing law requires an individual to appear in-person in...

50-state research aims to identify nation’s most innovative housing solutions

The Colorado Association of REALTORS® (CAR) has completed a 50-state research analysis designed to identify the most innovative and successful programs being implemented to address the full spectrum of housing issues facing communities across the United States.   From affordability and product type to inventory needs, CAR’s research set out to help identify what state and local governments, public and private businesses,...

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Capitol Connection: January 25, 2019

Senate Bill 19-051: Increase General Fund Funding for Transportation   SB19-051 sponsored by Senator John Cooke (R-Greeley) and Senator Ray Scott (R-Grand Junction), authorizes the state to transfer additional general fund money to fund the state's transportation needs as enacted by Senate Bill 18-001 in 2018. Under Senate Bill 18-001, the state now dedicates $105 million to the state highway fund, $22.5 million to...

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FirstBank’s Assistance Program Helps Federal Workers Skip Payments

In response to government shutdown, FirstBank offers 0 percent interest   Like Americans across the country, Coloradans are feeling the pinch of the government shutdown. Paychecks are on hold for more than 800,000 people nationwide and an estimated 15,000 federal workers in Colorado have been forced to go on unpaid leave or have been working without pay since December.   As one of the...

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Waves of uncertainty rise from seasonal factors and government shutdown

By Matthew Leprino January 2019   There is little that markets like less than uncertainty, be it real estate, or otherwise. So when a segment of the population isn’t working, and worse, when they aren’t spending money, uncertainty grows and creates a ripple effect throughout our economy. As the partial government shutdown nears ever closer to a month, the likelihood that it will...

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Capitol Connection: January 18, 2019

House Bill 19-1075: Tax Credit Employer-assisted Housing Pilot Program   HB19-1075, sponsored by Representative James Wilson (R-Salida), creates a pilot program to increase employer-assisted housing projects in rural areas of the state from 2019 to 2023 tax years. It creates a state income tax credit to any taxpayer that donates to a state housing authority, Colorado and Housing Finance Authority (CHFA), a...

What a Government Shutdown Means for REALTORS®

(As of January 10, 2019)   As of midnight on December 21, 2018, the President and Congress were unable to agree on the provisions of a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the federal government. As a result, a partial shutdown of some government operations has occurred. This partial shutdown includes some federal housing, mortgage, and other programs of interest to the real...

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Capitol Connection: January 11, 2019

The First Regular Session of the 72nd General Assembly Opened on January 4         The first gavel of the first regular session of the 72nd General Assembly came down on Friday, January 4th under the new leadership of Senate President Leroy Garcia and Speaker of the House KC Becker. As of this morning, 160 bills have been introduced since the start of...

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Colorado REALTORS Laud Legislators of the Year

The Colorado Association of REALTORS® has named it's Legislators of the Year.   They are Sen. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs, and Reps. Matt Gray, D-Broomfield; Mike Weissman, D-Aurora; and Terri Carver, R-Colorado Springs its legislators of the year.   “Our legislative policy committee, comprised of members throughout the state of Colorado, has carefully considered this decision and believes that a legislator whose approachability and...