Regional Government Affairs Update March 26, 2021 🌺

Monday March 22nd was a painful day for Coloradoans as we learned of another mass shooting in our state. Those of us from Boulder were especially upset. I grew up on Gillespie Drive, just across the street from King Soopers. It was just a field back then where we played as kids. Now it will beContinue reading “Regional Government Affairs Update March 26, 2021 🌺”

Regional Government Affairs Update March 12, 2021 🌷

Elected and appointed officials bemoan the lack of attainable housing but seem to be blind to the decisions they make that add to the problem. For example, the City of Loveland just approved new raw water fees that will increase the cost to build a new single-family home by about $300 in 2021, with the amountContinue reading “Regional Government Affairs Update March 12, 2021 🌷”

Government Affairs Update10-24-2019

October 24, 2019 In this issue… LOCAL Boulder County Boulder Additional Height Approved as Community Benefit Longmont Partnership Creates Longmont Mobile Home Co-op City Adopting New Flood Maps Council Adopts Sustainability Evaluation System Larimer County Loveland Fierros Withdraws From Council Race 402 Plan Adopted Weld County Greeley Energy Plan Approved COLORADO ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® CARContinue reading “Government Affairs Update10-24-2019”

Government Affairs Update: Colorado

January 11, 2019 Governor Lists Priorities Governor Jared Polis was formally sworn into office this week and gave his first State of the State speech on Thursday. He spent most of that speech focusing on his legislative agenda, including full-day kindergarten for all children, lowering the cost of health care, creating good-paying jobs in theContinue reading “Government Affairs Update: Colorado”

Governmental Affairs National Update: NAR Participates in BCFP Round Table; FHFA Ends Single Family Rental Program

NATION NAR Participates in BCFP Roundtable Earlier this month, NAR participated in an Industry Roundtable Discussion at the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP) with Acting Director Mick Mulvaney, newly named Deputy Director Brian Johnson, and other high-level Bureau staff. NAR joined other consumer, banking, and lending trade associations in discussing the recent Requests forContinue reading “Governmental Affairs National Update: NAR Participates in BCFP Round Table; FHFA Ends Single Family Rental Program”

National Update: USDA Proposes Tech Fee for Lenders

On July 13, 2018, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service (RHS) put out a notice for comment on a proposed guarantee underwriting user fee to be charged to lenders for use of the RHS automated guaranteed loan system. The fee would be used to improve USDA and RHS technology for the loanContinue reading “National Update: USDA Proposes Tech Fee for Lenders”

National Update: Endangered Species Act Reforms

Members of the Congressional Western Caucus in the House of Representatives unveiled an Endangered Species Act (ESA) modernization package that will provide important reforms to some of the problematic components of the Act. The ESA needs to be modernized in order to better protect species, and to treat property owners, states, and localities as partnersContinue reading “National Update: Endangered Species Act Reforms”

National Update: House Passes Flood Insurance Extension

On July 25 The House passed a bill to extend the National Flood Insurance Program through November 30, 366 to 52.  The bill now moves to the Senate; with the actual vote date and time to be determined. None of our associations have met the 20 percent Call For Action participation rate. Please respond to theContinue reading “National Update: House Passes Flood Insurance Extension”

Passes Water Infrastructure Bill

A water infrastructure bill – H.R. 8, the Water Resources Development Act – easily passed the House on Wednesday, June 6, on a 408-2 vote. This legislation, known as WRDA, ensures the viability of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works programs, including navigation, water resources management, recreation, infrastructure, flood control, mitigation and environmentalContinue reading “Passes Water Infrastructure Bill”

NAR Position on Internet Sales Tax

Last week the Supreme Court announced its holding in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., a case on internet sales tax fairness – and their ruling is a win for NAR’s position that states should be able to require online sellers to collect/remit sales tax on purchases.  The Court held that the South Dakota law may stand, and thatContinue reading “NAR Position on Internet Sales Tax”