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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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5 Residential HVAC-Related Resolutions for the New Year

Article Provided by Xcel Energy.   When heading into a new year, many people make resolutions to get themselves or their finances in tip-top shape. Why not set some resolutions to get your house in better shape this year? Here are five HVAC-related resolutions for you to consider in 2019.   Schedule an annual preventive maintenance tune-up A check up on your furnace...

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How to Make 2019 Your Best Real Estate Year Yet: Five Unexpected Ways To Grow Your Business

According to figures provided by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, there are 44,000 licensed real estate agents in the state – and 37,000 homes listed on the MLS – meaning agents greatly outnumber the homes they’re trying to sell. What’s more, 87 percent of real estate agents leave the business in their first several years.   Couple that with rising interest...

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Technology is an Opportunity, Not a Disruption

An Interview with 8z Real Estate CEO and zavvie co-founder Lane Hornung    A study conducted by the Pew Research Center shared that 89% of adults in the United States were using the internet in 2018. With such a high percentage of internet users and technology allowing for more and more of a real estate transaction to be completed in a digital...

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The Very Real Threat of Mortgage Fraud

How to Protect Yourself, Your Business, and Your Clients from this Growing Threat   If we look at this past year’s cybersecurity statistics, we see compelling evidence that mortgage fraud deriving from cybersecurity incidents is an attractive landscape for cyber criminals.  Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigative Report (DBIR2018), tells us that 76 percent of last year’s attacks were financially motivated.   This...

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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...

NAR Email SPAM / Phishing Attempts Reported

IT ALERT   SPAM ALERT: Email SPAM / Phishing Attempt Reported   WARNING: If you receive an email appearing to be under the REALTOR® Party banner, asking for credentials it is not from NAR.  The email will start with “Signature Requested By”.  NAR will never ask for credentials from any member.   If you receive this fraudulent email, please notify NAR Member Support at ContactNAR@realtors.org and then...

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Zillow branching out from real estate data, providing home estimates, to flipping property in Denver

Zillow, a company best known for real estate listings and home worth estimates, is trying to lessen the stress for sellers by getting into the home buying business. It's called Zillow Offers. The idea is to make it as convenient as possible for the seller.   "They're a terrific choice for some people, but we've heard they're not buying every house," said...

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NAR Seeks REALTORS® who volunteer to apply for the 2019 Good Neighbor Awards

Many REALTORS®, members of the National Association of REALTORS®, go beyond helping consumers buy and sell homes by giving back to their communities through volunteer work. In fact, according to NAR's Community Aid and Real Estate report, nearly 70 percent of REALTORS® volunteer in their community each month. To recognize that commitment by REALTORS® across the country, NAR is currently accepting applications for the...

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Housing markets off peak as sales dip in Pueblo, elsewhere

Another busy year for home purchases in Pueblo County lost some steam in the second half as higher prices and tight inventory slowed buyers, according to 2018 sales data released by local and state REALTORS® groups. The trend matches one reported in many communities in Colorado and the nation.   Last year “was a good year for the Pueblo market!” David Anderson,...