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Government Affairs

Report: Adapting Colorado Water Systems

The Common Sense Institute released its report on “Adapting Colorado’s Water Systems for a 21st Century Economy and Water Supply.” “Water has been and remains an important issue that will affect housing development,” said CAR’s VP of Public Policy Liz Peetz, who also serves on the Board of Directors for the Common Sense Institute. “We need more than one approach to...

Common Sense Institute Releases Home Affordability Report

A recent Home Affordability report from Common Sense Institute showed that the affordability of purchasing a home in Colorado is at its lowest point since 1989. “Due in large part to the cost of housing, Colorado is an increasingly expensive place to live,” said Dr. Steven Byers, CSI Senior Economist. “With increased prices and rising interest rates, the affordability of purchasing...

Statement on the death of Colorado State Representative Hugh McKean

Today, a great public servant will lay in state in Colorado. Representative Hugh McKean was a hard worker who always brought common sense and logic to a building and conversations that can be very challenging at times. Foremost in his mind were his constituents and the people of Colorado. As a minority leader of the Republican House caucus, he faced internal adversity...

CAR’s Government Affairs Talks Trends in Colorado Real Estate

Liz Peetz, CAR’s Vice President of Government Affairs, was interviewed on the Rocky Mountain Mechanical Contractors Association (RMMCA)’s podcast Tradeswork in November. She spoke about attainable housing, workforce housing, and how the housing market is an economic indicator for builders. “The cost of regulatory compliance is rising. It is taking two years to get a permit approved,” said Peetz. She said...

CAR Announce Legislators of the Year for 2022

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Colorado Association of REALTORS® (CAR), the state’s largest real estate trade association representing more than 30,000 members statewide, has announced Representative Shannon Bird (D-Westminster), and Representative Marc Snyder (D-Manitou Springs) as its “Legislators of the Year” for 2022. As a part of its annual recognition program, CAR extended thanks to Governor Jared Polis and honored Eleni...

Coloradoans to Vote on Affordable Housing November ‘22

If approved by Colorado voters, the fund would provide grants to local governments and loans to nonprofits for developing land for affordable housing; create homeownership programs that provide down-payment assistance; create grants for local governments to fully capacitate applications for zoning and land use permits; and much more. As of Aug. 19, the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office announced that the...

2023 Chair-Elect Jason Witt Touts ‘Who We R®’

Cortez REALTOR® and 2023 CAR Chair-Elect Jason Witt (who will serve as CAR Chair in 2024) noted some interesting facts about his community and the role of REALTORS® in their own communities, as well as his role as an incoming leader for the Association. Witt says REALTORS® can play an important role in building health and sustainable communities, and he hopes...

LPC and CARPAC Accepting Member Applications through Sept. 15

REALTORS® need a voice in state legislation to ensure that public policy is supportive of a healthy real estate market for today and tomorrow. We encourage you to apply for CAR’s Political Action Committee (CARPAC) and Legislative Policy Committee (LPC) for 2023. The deadline to send applications is Thursday, September 15. More details about the individual committees can be found at...

HB 1282 Means Affordable Housing

Gov. Polis signed HB22-1282 on May 20, which allows for building high-quality, attainable modular and 3-D printed homes. “When Colorado leads the nation in driving innovative policy that creates new affordable housing units across the housing continuum but also brings new jobs to our state it’s a win-win for Colorado and the Colorado Association of REALTORS® are proud to see...

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Capitol Connection – May 12, 2022

Legislative Advocacy this Week at the State Capitol Latest News on Green Energy Legislation HB 1362: Building Greenhouse Gas Emissions: (LPC Position: Amend) Sponsored by Reps. Tracey Bernett, Alex Valdez, and Sens. Chris Hansen, & Faith Winter STATUS: sent to Governor Polis Summary and Background: The original bill granted the Colorado Energy Office rulemaking authority to create statewide green building codes for electrification and solar capacity,...