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Lakewood Voters Approve Measure Restricting Development

Lakewood residents voted for a measure aimed at limiting development Tuesday. Ballot question 200 was approved by approximately 53 percent of voters, with the remainder voting against it. The ordinance seeks to limit development in the city by capping new housing projects at 1 percent of the city's current housing stock. "As REALTORS®, it’s our job to ensure housing remains as attainable as...

Habitat for Humanity’s Legislative Build Day

CAR was excited this year to be a sponsor of the Habitat for Humanity Legislative Build Day that sponsored building across the state on June 27, 2019. “CAR is thrilled to partner with Habitat for Humanity to build affordable housing,” says Vice President of Government Affairs, Elizabeth Peetz. “We know that 1 in 7 households spend more than half...

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U.S. Supreme Court Makes Big Property Rights Decision

Landowners shouldn't have to jump through state-level hoops before heading to federal court to accuse the government of taking their property, the Supreme Court ruled today in a decision that overturns a decades-old precedent.   In a 5-4 opinion(link is external), the justices sided with Pennsylvania resident Rose Mary Knick on a property rights issue likely to have ripple effects on land use...

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Lakewood Growth Initiative Will Be Costly to Taxpayers, Says Business Group’s Study

A new study supported by a metro Denver business partnership says Lakewood's July 2 ballot question to limit growth to 1% a year will lead to higher property taxes to pay for city services.   “The research speaks for itself,” said Elizabeth Peetz, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Colorado Association of REALTORS®, in a statement Monday.   Ballot Question 200, a citizen-initiated...

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Affordable Housing in San Miguel County Gets State Boost

A lack of affordable housing doesn’t just bedevil Telluride, it challenges communities across the state, so much so that last October a bipartisan group of state senators and representatives sat down with diverse stakeholders ranging from the Colorado Association of REALTORS® to Habitat for Humanity to Ski Country USA, plus local government representatives, to examine the issue.   Town of Telluride Program...

Flood Insurance Extension Update: June 7, 2019

On June 6, 2019, the National Flood Insurance Program was extended to September 30, 2019. The extension was attached to a broader disaster aid package, HR 2157   In addition, House Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Ranking Member Patrick McHenry (R-NC) unveiled long-term reauthorization and reform legislation, and scheduled a mark up for Tuesday, June 11, 2019. In the links listed...

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REMI Partnership Study Explores Impact of Growth Cap on the Lakewood Ballot

Higher property taxes, more stress on transportation infrastructure will result from imposed growth caps according to new study   On June 10, 2019, the REMI Partnership released “Building Gated Cities – Policy Brief Understanding the Impacts of 1% Growth in Lakewood.”   Next month, Lakewood voters will face Initiative 200, a proposal that seeks to impose a 1% cap on the growth of the city’s housing....

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Colorado REALTORS® Go to Washington

Nearly 150 Colorado REALTORS® joined thousands of their colleagues for the National Association of REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo held in Washington, DC, May 13-18, 2019.   [caption id="attachment_30931" align="aligncenter" width="300"] REALTORS® gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol for NAR Midyear Meetings.[/caption]   The week’s agenda included committee meetings, updates on public policy issues, and training sessions. However, the most important component...

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Leadership Academy Applications Now Open

Applications to become part of CAR's Leadership Academy are now open!   CAR Leadership Academy is an exclusive four-month training and development program designed to nurture future association leaders. It is focused on developing participants’ industry and association knowledge.   As a member of the Leadership Academy, you will experience: ### Small Group Meetings With Past And Current CAR Leadership To Give You Inside Knowledge...

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Governor Polis Signs Affordable Housing Bills

Affordable housing concerns tops the list of priority issues for many Coloradans. Colorado REALTORS® collaborated with diverse stakeholders throughout the 2019 legislative session to make significant strides that focused on short- and long-term housing solutions for communities across our state. ### ### On May 17, 2019, with Colorado REALTORS® in attendance, Governor Jared Polis signed a series of affordable housing bills. Descriptions of each bill...