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Capitol Connection – April 2, 2021

Government Affairs Update Earlier this week the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced its extension of the nationwide eviction moratorium through June 20, 2021. Under the terms of the CDC order, residents must declare that they have pursued all appropriate government assistance, met certain income and employment requirements and are using best efforts to make timely partial payments, among other qualifications. This...

Fox 31: How Much Will a Second-Home Cost You in Colorado’s Mountain Towns?

Fox 31 spoke to Boulder-area REALTOR Kelly Moye about the lack of housing inventory and the increasing popularity of second-home purchases in Colorado's mountain towns. “The second home market really, really went crazy because of the pandemic,” Moye said. “When our market wasn’t quite as brisk as it is now, a lot of people sold their second homes because they...

Office of Consumer Counsel advises Colorado Natural Gas Customers of Potential Bill Increases and Encourages the Public to Participate in the Regulatory Proceeding

DENVER - The Colorado Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC) is advising Colorado Natural Gas (CNG) customers of CNG’s filing with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) seeking approval to implement a System Safety and Integrity Rider, or SSIR.  If approved, the SSIR would allow CNG to recover the costs of specific pipeline safety and integrity projects, through a separate rider on...

Staggeringly Low Housing Inventory Across Colorado

Tom Brady has more than 2X as many Super Bowl rings as there are houses for sale in southeast Boulder County ENGLEWOOD, CO – Feb. 10, 2021 – While early February spotlights Groundhog Day and the annual prediction of spring’s arrival, the Colorado housing market just keeps reliving its long-term storyline of low inventory and high demand with no predictable change...

Colorado Association of REALTORS® Names 2020 Legislators of the Year

ENGLEWOOD, CO – The Colorado Association of REALTORS® (CAR), the state's largest real estate trade association representing more than 26,500 members statewide, has identified four Colorado policymakers as “Legislators of the Year” for 2020. Senator Jeff Bridges, Senator Joann Ginal, Representative Bri Buentello, and Representative Kevin Van Winkle have all been recognized by CAR for their efforts to support the American dream of homeownership, including work...

Bipartisan American Dream Down Payment Act of 2020 Supported by CAR, NAR

Bipartisan bill would create savings accounts to allow prospective homebuyers to more easily save for down payments and other eligible costs associated with buying a home  Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Doug Jones (D-AL) today introduced the American Dream Down Payment Act of 2020. As Americans face unprecedented challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, the bipartisan legislation would help...

CAR Opposes HUD Action to to Rescind the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule

The Colorado Association of REALTORS® (CAR) is opposed to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s decision to rescind the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule, a 2015 regulation implementing the 1968 Fair Housing Act’s mandate that governments take affirmative steps to address segregation. In step with the National Association of REALTORS®, CAR agrees that eliminating this rule strips away a vital tool for fulfilling the original...

Governor’s Office Releases FAQ About Mask Order

Governor Polis' recently-released FAQ clarifies that his statewide mask order includes cubicles in the workplace and has also called on employers to continue to allow employees work remotely as much as possible. Gov. Polis’ office has issued an FAQ to clarify the state’s mandatory mask order, including rules on when masks are required in the workplace. The FAQ document says employees can remove...

Colorado resort towns see flood of home buyers, burst in school enrollment

By Jason Blevins, The Colorado Sun Urbanites fleeing cities for homes in the hills are pulling mountain resort real estate out of a pandemic slump. Inventories are dwindling, prices are soaring and resort-town schools are seeing enrollment climb as second-home owners and newcomers settle in places like Steamboat Springs, Vail, Crested Butte, Telluride and Aspen. Telluride REALTOR® George Harvey is working with more...

Remote Notarization During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Colorado Secretary of State’s Office Implements Remote Notarization After working closely with the Governor’s office, stakeholders, and the legal community, the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office has implemented a remote notarization process.  “We are committed to maintaining important services for Coloradans during this national health crisis,” said Secretary of State Jena Griswold.  “Remote notarization will enable Coloradans and businesses continued access...