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Capitol Connection: April 12, 2019

House Bill 19-1257 & House Bill 19-1258: TABOR Debrucing Bills   HB19-1257 and HB19-1258, sponsored by Speaker KC Becker (D-Boulder), Sen. Kevin Priola (R-Henderson) and Sen. Lois Court (D-Denver) refers a measure to the 2019 statewide ballot that would let voters decide whether we authorize the state to retain state revenues in excess of the TABOR cap (the constitutional limitation on state fiscal...

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WOTUS Comment Period Open Through April 15, 2019

On December 11, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army proposed a new definition of the Waters of the United States rule (WOTUS). This proposal is now available for public comment.   The REALTORS® Land Institute and National Association of REALTORS® have been strong supporters of the review of the original WOTUS rule, as laid out by President Trump’s Executive...

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NAR Plan Seeks to Protect Mortgage Market

To protect 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should be given new charters that turn them into utilities with private shareholders and federal backing for catastrophic losses, NAR says. The association's proposal was introduced at a policy forum it hosted in early February. Also, using automated texts as part of your marketing could violate do-not-call laws. ### If you have...

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NAR’s Rural Outreach Initiative

NAR's Rural Outreach Initiative serves REALTOR® Associations in communities with less than 30,000 population and rural in character.  The Initiative has a two-fold strategy: (1) Identify and disseminate information and resources on the issues and challenges facing rural communities impacting real estate and (2) provide one-on-one assistance to small associations to help them take advantage of the REALTOR® Party Community...

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Remembering and Honoring Former CAR President, Jim Gale

It is with great sorrow that we share the news of the passing of Jim Gale.     Jim was a valued member of the CAR family serving as President in 1978.  Jim’s service to the Real Estate community as the broker of Gale & Co., a REALTOR® for over 50 years, Past President of the Grand Junction Area REALTORS®, board member of...

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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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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The Economic Impact of a Typical Home Sale in Colorado

The National Association of REALTORS® released state-by-state reports outlining the total economic impact of real estate related industries on the state economy, as well as the expenditures that result from a single home sale, including aspects like home construction costs, real estate brokerage, mortgage lending and title insurance.   The real estate industry accounted for $70,517 million or 20.4% of the gross state product...