IRES, REcolorado Announce Comprehensive Data Sharing Agreement

IRES MLS and REcolorado Data Share Agreement

The arrangement empowers subscribers of IRES and REcolorado to access listings in both MLS systems with a subscription to either service

LOVELAND, Colo. — (June 09, 2020) — Information and Real Estate Services (IRES), a Loveland-based regional multiple listing service (MLS) that serves Boulder, Weld, Larimer, Logan and Morgan Counties, today entered into a data-sharing partnership with REcolorado that integrates listing data into each organization’s MLS system.

“Consolidation, in some form or another, is on trend in the MLS industry and this partnership is a terrific step forward in making real estate industry tools more effective for everyone — from homebuyers and sellers to REALTORS® and brokers across Colorado’s Front Range and beyond,” said Chris Hardy, IRES chair. “This agreement helps to remove fragmentation that has plagued our state’s real estate space for many years and signals both organizations’ commitment to meeting broker demand for MLS collaboration.”

Exchanged data is in the process of being integrated into both MLS systems — REcolorado’s Matrix™ listing database by CoreLogic and IRES’ custom in-house system — which will allow users to access available listings across both systems once the integration is complete. The shared data encompasses listings that include up to 40 photos for each listed residential property, townhome and condo, multifamily property and parcels of land. Property statuses include “active,” “coming soon,” “under contract” and “sold,” which can include up to three years of sold inventory history.

“Our agreement utilizing Realtors Property Resource (RPR) was a good first step, but it was only available to REALTOR® members,” said Lauren Hansen, CEO of IRES. “With this more comprehensive arrangement, the shared data is fully integrated within each organization’s MLS system, seamlessly enabling cooperation and compensation on the transactions throughout much of Colorado’s Front Range.”

Data implementation has already begun, and subscribers of each organization will be advised when the process is complete and shared listing information is available. Additionally, data mapping is also underway to make the collaboration as seamless and accurate as possible for end-users once the systems go live with data sharing.

“This partnership is one of the ways we are working to erase the artificial boundaries that have limited the full set of listing data brokers, agents and appraisers need to serve their clients as the expert advisors they rely on for buying, selling and renting properties,” said Alan Smith, Chairman of the Board at REcolorado.

In addition to this agreement, IRES also has a data-sharing agreement with Pikes Peak Realtor Services Corp. (PPRSC) which serves southern Colorado and has nearly 4,000 subscribers. With the addition of REcolorado’s data, IRES subscribers are able to access listings from the entire Front Range, from Weld County to Colorado Springs, from the IRES system.

For more information on IRES or REcolorado, please visit ires-net.com or recolorado.com.

About IRES MLS

Information and Real Estate Services, LLC (IRES) was formed in 1996 as the regional Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for northern Colorado by five Boards and Associations of REALTORS® in Boulder, Fort Collins, Greeley, Longmont and Loveland/Berthoud. In addition to these five Boards and Associations, IRES is the MLS provider for the Estes Park Board of REALTORS® and Logan County Board of REALTORS®. ColoProperty.com® for consumers is owned and operated by IRES. Its office is centrally located in Loveland, Colo.

About REcolorado

Since 1984, REcolorado has been focused on providing the most accurate and up-to-date real estate information for professionals and consumers. REcolorado is the largest Multiple Listing Service (MLS) in Colorado with more than 25,000 professional subscribers who operate throughout the state. It is REALTOR® owned and serves Aurora Association of REALTORS®, Denver Metro Association of REALTORS®, Mountain Metro Association of REALTORS®, REALTORS® of Central Colorado, South Metro Denver REALTOR® Association, and Steamboat Springs Board of REALTORS®.

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What Everyone Should Know About Equal Opportunity Housing

Republished from NAR’s Fair Housing Resources.

The sale and purchase of a home is one of the most significant events that any person will experience in his or her lifetime. It is more that the simple purchase of housing, for it includes the hopes, dreams, aspirations, and economic destiny of those involved.

The Law

Civil Rights Act of 1866: The Civil Rights Act of 1866 prohibits all racial discrimination in the sale or rental of property.

Fair Housing Act: The Fair Housing Act declares a national policy of fair housing throughout the United States. The law makes illegal any discrimination in the sale, lease or rental of housing, or making housing otherwise unavailable, because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.

Americans with Disabilities Act: Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in places of public accommodations and commercial facilities.

Equal Credit Opportunity Act: The Equal Credit Opportunity Act makes discrimination unlawful with respect to any aspect of a credit application on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age or because all or part of the applicant’s income derives from any public assistance program.

State and Local Laws: State and local laws often provide broader coverage and prohibit discrimination based on additional classes not covered by federal law.

Responsibilities

The home seller, the home seeker, and the real estate professional all have rights and responsibilities under the law.

For the Home Seller: As a home seller or landlord you have a responsibility and a requirement under the law not to discriminate in the sale, rental and financing of property on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. You cannot instruct the licensed broker or salesperson acting as your agent to convey for you any limitations in the sale or rental because the real estate professional is also bound by law not to discriminate. Under the law, a home seller or landlord cannot establish discriminatory terms or conditions in the purchase or rental; deny that housing is available, or advertise that the property is available only to persons of a certain race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.

For the Home Seeker: You have the right to expect that housing will be available to you without discrimination or other limitations based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin

This includes the right to expect:

  • Housing in your price range made available to you without discrimination
  • Equal professional service
  • The opportunity to consider a broad range of housing choices
  • No discriminatory limitations on communities or locations of housing
  • No discrimination in the financing, appraising, or insuring of housing
  • Reasonable accommodations in rules, practices and procedures for persons with disabilities
  • Non-discriminatory terms and conditions for the sale, rental, financing, or insuring of a dwelling
  • To be free from harassment or intimidation for exercising your fair housing rights.

For the Real Estate Professional: Agents in a real estate transaction are prohibited by law from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. A request from the home seller or landlord to act in a discriminatory manner in the sale, lease or rental cannot legally be fulfilled by the real estate professional.

The REALTOR® Fair Housing Program

The National Association of REALTORS® has developed a Fair Housing Program to provide resources and guidance to REALTORS® in ensuring equal professional services for all people. The term REALTOR® identifies a licensed professional in real estate who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®. Not all licensed real estate brokers and salespersons are members of the National Association, and only those who are may identify themselves as REALTORS®. They conduct their business and activities in accordance with a strict Code of Ethics.

The Code of EthicsArticle 10 of the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics provides that, “REALTORS® shall not deny equal professional services to any person for reasons of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. REALTORS® shall not be parties to any plan or agreement to discriminate against a person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. REALTORS®, in their real estate employment practices, shall not discriminate against any person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity.”

A REALTOR® pledges to conduct business in keeping with the spirit and letter of the Code of Ethics. Article 10 imposes obligations upon REALTORS® and is also a firm statement of support for equal opportunity in housing.

If You Suspect Discrimination

Call the Local Board of REALTORS®: Local Boards of REALTORS® will accept complaints alleging violations of the Code of Ethics filed by a home seeker who alleges discriminatory treatment in the availability, purchase or rental of housing. Local Boards of REALTORS® have a responsibility to enforce the Code of Ethics through professional standards procedures and corrective action in cases where a violation of the Code of Ethics is proven to have occurred.

Call the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Complaints alleging discrimination in housing may be filed with the nearest office of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or by contacting them at http://www.hud.gov.

Fair Housing: Showings Verbiage Tips

We are breathing a sigh of relief at the easing of restrictions on our industry, especially in regard to the ability to show property again. With it have come necessary safety protocols and knowing how to communicate these changes with our clients professionally is our duty.

In Fair Housing legislature, the basic rule is to describe the property, not who lives or should live there.  It is paramount to always be aware of protected classes at the federal, state and local levels.

During the pandemic restricting who may attend showings should be handled carefully.  The state association suggests using “Only principals to the buy/sell agreement are allowed for initial showings.” in lieu of prohibiting certain protected classes from attending.

If you have any questions about HUD’s Fair Housing Guidelines, we recommend visiting www.hud.gov.  Additional Fair Housing Resources may be found on NAR’s website.

IRES Releases Hopeful Data for Residential Real Estate Agents and Prospective Home Buyers

As impacts of the historic pandemic are becoming only slightly clearer, national economists are attempting to crystal-ball short- and long-term forecasts regarding both commercial and residential real estate markets.  Since mid-March, IRES has been gathering statistics on a weekly basis to monitor activity through Colorado’s Stay-at-Home orders and Safer-at-Home recommendations. The statistics focus on residential, single-family properties which represent the majority of available inventory in northern Colorado.

“Housing sales and purchases are one important barometer for considering the health of the economy, and the frenzy to decipher the latest data has reached peak levels nationally,” said Lauren Hansen, IRES CEO. “The IRES data seems to offer hope to agents, brokers, and potential home buyers as it points to increasing inventory.”

Hansen has over 35 years in the real estate industry and has been at the helm of IRES since it was formed in 1996.   In addition to presenting data depicting an uptick of homes being put on the market, she noted that data comparing March, April and May of 2020 to the same time frame a year ago showed consistency between the two years despite the COVID-19 impact this year. “The data is nearly identical comparing 2019 to 2020 for DTO (Days to Offer) and DTS (Days to Sale),” said Hansen.

According to the IRES data, the average Days to Offer (DTO) is at 31 in 2020 compared to 32 days in 2019. The timeframe when the property listed to closing— Days to Sale (DTS) —is 77 days in 2020, while it was 74 in 2019.

Pending properties saw their lowest tallies throughout April 2020, roughly half of the activity recorded during the same time in 2019, but have picked up noticeably in May.

“Under Contract or Pending properties signal closings in the pipeline for weeks and months to come. Seeing these numbers rebound is a sign of a healthier market,” said Hansen.

New listings took a dip during early and mid-April, parallel to the Stay at Home orders when in-person showings were restricted. Since then, for the past 2 weeks, new listings have surged upward, increasing available inventory for prospective buyers.

“Have we reached the lowest point?  Recent numbers seem to point toward ‘yes’ but as the circumstances around us continue to shift as never before, the market will undoubtedly continue to respond, and IRES will continue to monitor and analyze the situation,” said Hansen.

IRES MLS Is Here For You During This Crisis

IRES MLS IS HERE FOR YOU

It’s been a waterfall of news and information for all of us recently.  This is a quick rewind to remind subscribers what IRES has implemented to support brokers during the pandemic:

COVID Addendum added to IRES Contracts Module

Subscribers can conveniently access the COVID-19 addendum directly from the contracts system.

Uploaded Documents: New COVID Disclosures Label

Subscribers can upload relevant information during the Add/Edit listing process by choosing this new option from the drop-down menu.

All IRES classes became virtual.

Choose from a variety of topics and join on a webinar.  Remote learning at its best. News sessions have been added about Coming Soon and a “Did you Know?” class.

Waived Fines and Reinstatement Fees

In these uncertain times, everyone can use some good news. IRES is waiving late entry fees and Reinstatement fees during March & April.

Find Listings that Feature Virtual Tours – on the MLS System and ColoProperty.com® 

In response to our Stay at Home order, IRES has added a search option for virtual tours on IRESis.com for brokers, and more recently, on our public site, ColoProperty.com for consumers.  Consider including these properties on any MySite you have set up for clients.

New COVID Resource section on IRES-net.com

With information changing almost daily, a collection of links and resources from the State and National Associations, DORA, and the Governor’s office is conveniently curated in one spot.

For more info on online tools visit: IRESis Learning Center or call (970) 593-9002

 

Coming Soon Has Landed

Coming Soon Has LandedComing Soon Listings                                        

In November 2019 NAR approved MLS Policy 8.0 – Clear Cooperation.  IRES MLS implemented this policy with a new Coming Soon status.  This status, used when creating a listing, can be seen anywhere listings are displayed in IRESis.com, MySite, and ColoProperty.com®.

IRES MLS rules and regulations require a listing which is publicly marketed (as defined by NAR’s Policy 8.0) must be submitted to the MLS within 1 business day.  The listing can be added as either an Active listing or a Coming Soon listing.

When selecting Coming Soon as the status, the listing will auto-update to an Active status on a date specified known as the Go Active Date.  This date is any time within 7 calendar days of entering the listing into the system.

These listings are searchable inside the system as well as through Prospects & MySite, and on ColoProperty.com®.  Coming Soon listings do not syndicate to other listing sites until they convert to Active.

Coming Soon and Inventory Report & My Listings

  • Coming Soon listings are included in Inventory Reports and My Listings.  It is visually represented with the color purple and abbreviated to CS.

Coming Soon and Listing Search

  • Coming Soon listings only apply to IRES MLS at this time.  We do not capture Coming Soon listings for data share.    This is available any place the Basic Criteria tab appears for a search (Listing Search, Prospects, Hotsheets, Inventory, and Stats-Custom).

Coming Soon and Listing Details

  • Easily identify the Go Active Date on Listing Details for My Listings, Cart Manager, Report Window, and MySite.

  • Showings cannot be scheduled while a listing is in Coming Soon status.   Showing instructions will not display until the listing is Active.

  • Open houses will only show on or after the Go Active Date.

Coming Soon and Prospects

  • Coming Soon listings are available for Prospect searches and will send to MySite.    The status will need to be intentionally included in the search for Coming Soon listings to be sent to clients.

Coming Soon and Add/Edit Listings

  • When entering a listing for the first time, the Coming Soon status will be available for Residential Detached, Residential Attached, Vacant and Income properties.
  • Coming Soon listings are eligible to go directly to Active, Pending, Sold, or Withdrawn statuses.  NOTE:  Listings cannot revert back to a Coming Soon status.  Use caution when withdrawing or manually activating Coming Soon listings.  They cannot be Coming Soon again with the same office and same agent for 30 days.
  • While showing information is required when entering a Coming Soon listing, that information will not display until the listing is in an Active Status.
  • Open houses can only be scheduled after the Go Active Date.
  • Syndication options are required to be specified when entering a Coming Soon listing; however, the listing will not appear on the specified syndication sites until the listing is Active.  Coming Soon listings will appear on ColoProperty.com®.

Coming Soon Resources:

Webinar Resources:

Regional Government Affairs Update March 31, 2020 🌸🌷

 

In this issue…

LOCAL
County Shelter in Place Orders
Key Issues Postponed
COLORADO Association of REALTORS®
CAR COVID-19 Portal 
STATE
State Order
NATION
President Signs CARES Act
Information from NAR

LOCAL
County Shelter in Place Orders: Last week Boulder and Larimer Counties issued Shelter in Place orders for all residents. Local orders that are more restrictive than the State order (see below) supersede the State order. County orders are in effect until April 17, while the State’s order is in effect until April 11 although it can be extended.

Association executives and I fielded many questions from members. The situation was chaotic, needless to say. Boulder and Larimer Counties eventually designated real estate as an essential business. We received questions such as, “Will I be pulled over by law enforcement if I am out conducting business?” or “Is it ok to hold open houses or showings?”

Some members wanted specific guidance on these topics. Rumors flew fast and furiously. By now you will have received information from your associations. I urge you to follow their recommendations. They will keep you informed. It would be best not to overwhelm government officials with questions during this time; they have enough to do without answering the same questions over and over again.

While county health departments have not prohibited showings, for example, they are asking all of us to follow their recommendations regarding avoiding interactions with non-family members and social distancing. County representatives with whom I spoke voiced reluctance to issue more specific prohibitions related to real estate activities. They said they were waiting to see if the State would issue additional guidelines or restrictions.

Key Issues Postponed: Although local governments are meeting virtually, they have postponed controversial issues until this crisis is past. For one thing, they are busy considering emergency issues in their communities. For another, they want to avoid any perception that they are trying to “slide things through” while the public is preoccupied.

COLORADO ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
CAR COVID-19 Portal: The Colorado Association of REALTORS® has a COVID-19 portal for members. It includes current information, updates and guidance you’ll find helpful.
https://www.coloradorealtors.com/colorado-realtor-coronavirus-information-portal/

STATE
State Order: Governor Polis announced a Shelter in Place order on March 25. The order went into effect on March 26. The order will last until at least April 11 , but this will depend on the course of the pandemic, so the date may change. Initially, the State order did not designate real estate as an essential business, however, Colorado Association of REALTORS® lobbyists and staff worked quickly to have that order amended.

At this time the State has not issued additional restrictions relevant to our industry. The Division of Real Estate has a page related to COVID-19 information. That information is available here – https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/covid-19-updates-licensees-and-consumers. Open House concerns are addressed here – https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/CODORA/bulletins/2832cb0.

NATION
President Signs CARES Act: On March 27 Congress passed 1,000-page, $2 trillion economic relief package which was signed by the President. It provides mortgage forbearance, a moratorium on eviction filings, Section 8 voucher rental assistance, unemployment benefits for self-employed individuals and independent contractors and more. Note that unemployment benefits will be administered by the State of Colorado.

Read more here: https://www.nar.realtor/political-advocacy/coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act

Information from NAR: Here’s a link to NAR’s COVID-19 clearinghouse for members –https://www.nar.realtor/coronavirus

IRES MLS COVID-19 RESOURCES

To ensure the safety of our staff and subscribers, the IRES office is closed at this time.  That doesn’t mean that IRES MLS isn’t available to meet your needs.

Employees are working from home.  In today’s digital age, we are able to continue to take calls (although, please be patient when calling in) and continue to be available for live chat during business hours (Monday through Friday 8am-5pm MST).

Our classes continue in webinar format.  Please refer to our training calendar for learning opportunities.

This page is to provide resources for our subscribers.    Information is changing daily; we will strive to keep this page current as it relates to your business.  The following information may be sourced from REALTOR® organizations, but the information is applicable to all real estate professionals, regardless of REALTOR® affiliation.

Be well.  Stay distanced.  We’re here for you.


09/02/2020:  Eviction Moratorium Executive Order Issued:

Colorado Association of REALTORS® Communique on the Eviction Moratorium Executive Order

As everyone is aware, the CDC has released an Executive Order placing a moratorium on all evictions through the end of 2020 (see the Executive Order Here).  In short, this moratorium creates a number of issues and questions that NAR and coalition partners are working to find answers to.

As of now, NAR has released a statement explaining the chaos the Order will cause and calling on Congress to take swift action regarding emergency rental assistance programs for housing providers.  See NAR’s Statement Here

Because this is a Federal issue, members should direct their questions to NAR at this time. CAR will continue to share additional information as it becomes available.


04/23/2020:  Boulder County Extends Stay At Home Order through May 8, 2020

Pursuant to the statutory authority granted the Executive Director of BCPH, the following is ordered:

1. All persons and businesses in Boulder County are ordered to continue abiding by the requirements of Colorado’s Stay-At-Home Orders through midnight on May 8, 2020, even though those orders as issued by the State would otherwise expire on April 26, 2020. By this Order, I hereby adopt all terms and conditions of Colorado’s Stay-At-Home Orders, Executive Order D 2020-024 and Public Health Order 20-24 as updated, as set forth therein, with one limited exception as noted in Paragraph 2 below.

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04/21/2020 CAR Legal Counsel Speaks to Safer At Home

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04/09/2020

Department of Regulatory Agencies Division of Real Estate Guidance: Practicing Real Estate During a Pandemic

The Department of Regulatory Agencies, specifically the Division of Real Estate, and the Department of Law have received inquiries regarding the ability of real estate brokers to show property during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. We want to provide guidance on what a real estate broker can and cannot do during this time.

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04/07/2020

CAR COVID-19 Update: Stay at Home Order and Essential Services Interpretation

CAR has been in communication with the Attorney General’s office and has learned that the Third Updated Public Health Order 20-24 that was issued in conjunction with the Stay at Home order (Executive Order D 2020 017) does not consider in-person showings and open houses to be a critical business/service.  According to the Attorney General’s office, only real estate transactions that actually transfer real property ownership (Closings) are permissible and even they must comply with the Social Distancing Requirements set forth in the Health Order.


03/31/2020

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.

For the Notice of Temporary Adoption for the Colorado Notary Program Rules (8 CCR 1505-11), please click here. The notice includes the adopted rules, a statement of basis, and statement of justification. For an unofficial copy of the notary rules as adopted and effective 3/30/2020, please click here. If you have any questions concerning these rules please email notary@sos.state.co.us or sos.rulemaking@sos.state.co.us.

For more information, please visit www.sos.state.co.us.

https://www.coloradorealtors.com/2020/03/30/remote-notarization-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/


Colorado state-wide stay-at-home order Issued:

Effective 6:00am Thursday March 26, 2020 through Sunday April 26, 2020.


FIRST AND FOREMOST:  Please speak with your managing broker for office guidelines and policies related to COVID-19.  

The following information may be sourced from REALTOR® organizations, but the information is applicable to all real estate professionals, regardless of REALTOR® affiliation.


National Association of REALTORS® Resources:

Coronavirus: A Guide for REALTORS®  This page is available for all real estate professionals, not just REALTORS®.

The coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the real estate industry. Everything, from brokerage operations to how listings are being marketed and the ability to close transactions, is requiring REALTORS® to adapt to these extraordinary circumstances. The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) understands that these unprecedented circumstances are impacting our members’ ability to conduct their businesses. Our members’ success and ability to navigate these uncertain times are paramount to NAR, and we are providing this guidance to help address some of the common transactional issues we are hearing about.

This guidance will be continually updated based on current directives from the WHO, the CDC and the White House, and we encourage all members to stay informed by regularly visiting the CDC’s website(link is external), and to comply with local and state government orders regarding coronavirus-related restrictions.

As always, we are here to support you and see you through this crisis. Thank you for your membership, and we are stronger together!


Colorado Association of REALTORS® Resources:

Colorado REALTOR® COVID-19 Information Portal  This page is available for all real estate professionals, not just REALTORS®.

Emergency Covid-19 Contract Addendum  This form is currently available on the start screen of IRESis.com; we’re working quickly to get it incorporated into our contracts module, as well.

CAR has worked with the Colorado Bar Association in the creation of an approved addendum to the Commission-approved Contract to Buy and Sell Real Estate to address the practical implications of Covid-19. The addendum addresses real estate transactions that are impacted and/or delayed by shutdowns of title offices, government agencies, lenders and/or appraisers; and real estate transactions that are impacted and/or delayed by mandatory or voluntary quarantines.

Small Business Resources:

Colorado small businesses impacted by COVID-19 can seek individual small business loans up to $2M as part of the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Small businesses throughout all 64 counties may seek SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Governor Jared Polis announced that Colorado’s application for federal disaster area designation has been approved.

To learn more about the application process, please visit the SBA website. If you need support in navigating the application process, please visit the Colorado Small Business Development Center COVID-19 website. We also have a hotline for small business owners to call with questions about how to apply: (303) 860-5881.

CO HELP: COVID-19 Hotline

For answers in many languages including English, Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more:

If you have symptoms and think you have been exposed, call a health care provider.

Sources for Public Health Information

To review the facts, please see the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) Fact Sheet.

For public health management:


State of Colorado Resources:

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our Local Public Health Agencies (LPHA) and our communities to provide updated information about COVID-19.
Division of Real Estate:

The Division of Real Estate has received numerous inquiries from real estate brokers and homeowners concerning the showing of homes and conducting open houses at this time while COVID-19 is spreading. We have seen state-wide Public Health Order 20-23 limiting mass gatherings to no more than ten (10) people, Executive Order D 2020 013  mandating the reduction of in-person work requirements by at least 50 percent for non-essential businesses, and “Stay-at-Home” orders in Denver, Boulder, and other counties further limiting the ability of parties, including notaries, to appear in person for closings.

There are many resources available for you and your clients to consider before showing a home, and prior to having a conversation about conducting an open house at this time.

Many other Colorado cities and counties may be considering placing similar restrictions on businesses and residents in the near future.

Real estate professionals and homeowners should follow any emergency rules or orders in effect for the county and city where they are contemplating holding an open house. Real estate brokers have an obligation to exercise reasonable skill and care and should adhere to best practices to protect the general public, their clients, and themselves during this time of uncertainty


IRES, ROCC Announce Data-Sharing Agreement through RPR VIEW®

Partnership continues to expand broker access to MLS data throughout much of Colorado, improving information collaboration and customer satisfaction

 

LOVELAND, Colo.—  Information and Real Estate Services (IRES), a Loveland-based regional multiple listing service (MLS) that serves Boulder, Weld, Larimer, Logan and Morgan Counties and also holds partnerships with other regional MLSs to expand access across the state, today announced a data-sharing agreement between IRES and REALTORS® of Central Colorado utilizing RPR. A similar agreement with Pikes Peak REALTOR® Services Corp. (PPRSC) has been in place since December 2017 and with REcolorado as of January 2020.

“Increased collaboration is the future of real estate, and we are excited to work with other like-minded MLSs to offer a wide range of benefits to real estate professionals across the Centennial State,” said Lauren Hansen, CEO of IRES. “This partnership was designed to bring more value to brokers and consumers by creating a solution that empowers real estate professionals and facilitates seamless transactions.”

Facilitated by Realtors Property Resource (RPR), the partnership provides REALTORS® of all four organizations with access to more listing data and a larger audience to help clients find and sell their dream homes.


About IRES MLS:
Information and Real Estate Services, LLC (IRES) was formed in 1996 as the regional Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for Northern Colorado by five Boards and Associations of REALTORS® in Boulder, Fort Collins, Greeley, Longmont and Loveland/Berthoud. In addition to these five Boards and Associations, IRES is the MLS provider for the Estes Park Board of REALTORS® and Logan County Board of REALTORS®. ColoProperty.com® for consumers is owned and operated by IRES. Its office is centrally located in Loveland, Colo.
About REALTORS® of Central Colorado (ROCC)
As a chartered local association through the National Association of REALTORS, Realtors of Central Colorado brings the power of NAR and the Colorado Association of REALTORS to local REALTORS and Affiliates. ROCC provides resources to create growth and enrichment to members in Salida, Buena Vista, Leadville, Fairplay, Westcliffe, Alamosa, Monte Vista, and South Fork. The Upper Arkansas and San Luis Valleys are home to ROCC and its members.

REALTOR® is a federally registered collective membership mark which identifies a real estate professional who is member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.

Ensuring a future of MLS collaboration and hallmark service

Ensuring a future of MLS collaboration and hallmark service
By Lauren Hansen, CEO of IRES

lauren hansenDuring my tenure with Information and Real Estate Services (IRES), our growth has been exponential: we have more than tripled in size, our regional footprint stretches from Denver to the Wyoming border and we have grown from five associations to seven.

How did we do this? By providing exceptional products and services to brokers and REALTORS®.

Rather than using a national MLS vendor, we stepped up our game to develop our own custom system in response to the needs of real estate professionals across the state and to meet consumer demand. IRES created solid integration services while maintaining a low cost for subscribers. We knew it was important to control our own destiny, so we enlisted our own development team — we are essentially our own custom builder.

The IRES MLS database, IRESis, currently provides extensive property listing and sales information to more than 7,000 brokers, appraisers and their support staff along the Front Range of Colorado. As a company we’ve embraced innovation to improve our services to our customers. Additionally, ColoProperty.com (we launched in 1998) features brokers and their listings directly to the public. The website displays detailed listing information, multiple photos, maps and virtual tours to thousands of unique visitors each day.

Now, as technology and real estate services in Colorado evolve and grow, a new wave of leadership is emerging. I’m excited to work with these individuals to continue to shape the future of real estate in our Centennial State. At this juncture, it is very important to be transparent about the exciting opportunities ahead in our industry and the agreement reached with our Board of Managers.

I have signed a two-year contract to remain with our team, providing leadership and the institutional knowledge necessary to create a solid plan for succession to move IRES forward. This agreement was reached in light of my passion for IRES, those we serve and their clients.

It has been a privilege to dedicate nearly 40 years of my professional life to the real estate sector. As an industry, we now have an exciting opportunity to creatively collaborate on new solutions aimed at better serving our subscribers and their customers — Colorado home buyers and sellers — and I’m excited to do precisely that.

I am thankful for the support of the dedicated IRES staff, developer team, our Board of Managers and the brokers who have all made the IRES MLS what it is today.