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FCBR’s REALTOR & Consumer Advocacy Department helps to ensure the success of our members via the 4 “I’s”- Involvement, Investment, Information, & Influence. Our Advocacy efforts are predicated on meaningful Community Involvement, Investment in key organizations, trustworthy local real estate Information, and effective Influence on local public policy.

Key committees/task forces of this department include Government Affairs, REALTOR® Political Action Committee, Community Outreach, CARHOF, Linda Norton Good Neighbor Scholarship Fund, Public Relations, & Monthly Market Information.

To learn more about this department and its related activities please contact Department Director Clint Skutchan at 970-402-0852 or clint@fcbr.org.

REALTOR & CONSUMER ADVOCACY DEPARTMENT INFO

What is Advocacy Anyway?

The Fort Collins Board of REALTORS® (FCBR) recently restructured the way we do business, allowing us to focus on delivering those services that most empower our members to be successful via three core service areas. Our Networking & Events along with our Education & Professionalism departments are self-evident in purpose and function. However, our third department, REALTOR® & Consumer Advocacy, may not be as well understood solely by name, but can be easily explained by 4 “I’s.”

August 2015 Housing Report

New Listings were up 9.5 percent for single family homes but decreased 30.2 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Pending sales clocked in at 320 for single family homes and 65 for townhouse-condo properties.

City Seeks Input On Vacation Rental Home-Short Term Rentals

The City of Fort Collins is seeking the public’s input on Vacation Rentals or Short Term-Rentals (STRs) with a new online survey available at fcgov.com/vrbo.STRs are rentals typically listed online through sites such as Vacation Rental by Owner (VRBO) and Airbnb. Some rentals are whole house rentals and some are rooms in an owner-occupied house.Short term rental activity has come to the City’s attention through a variety of means including inquiries on permitting the use, concern regarding sales and lodging tax collection, and neighbor complaints.

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August 2015: Government Affairs Update

Government Affairs Update August 2015Written By: Barbara Koelzer, Regional Government Affairs DirectorLarimer CountyLovelandREALTORS Strengthen Relationship with City Officials: Using local issues mobilization funds, the Loveland-Berthoud Association of REALTORS held a reception for the City Council and key staff on June 23. Chair Bob Skillman provided a brief report on the local real estate market. This led to a wide-ranging discussion of affordable housing policies, capital expansion fees and funding for I-25. LBAR was invited to attend the July meeting of the Construction Advisory Committee to discuss the possibility of a municipal construction defects ordinance, something City staff has briefly discussed but not pursued. City Manager Bill Cahill invited LBAR to participate in the revamping of the City’s capital expansion fee policy. The purpose of the reception was to encourage a closer relationship between LBAR and City decision makers and the dialog is already bearing fruit

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Stop the Patent Trolls: NAR Launches Patent Troll Call to Action

A Call to Action was launched on July 13 asking members to urge their members of Congress to support H.R. 9 – The Innovation Act. This legislation would close loopholes in the legal system that currently allow Patent Trolls to target REALTORS for using common business technologies like dropdown menus and search functions on websites or scan-to-email technologies found in every office scanner.Patent trolls exist solely to purchase old patents and to use the threat of expensive lawsuits to extort money from legitimate businesses.Use this link to participate: Patent Troll Call to Action

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Have You Invested in Our Housing Future Yet? Annual Investment Campaign Underway

Have you invested in our Housing Future Yet? By investing $25 or more in the REALTOR® Political Action Committee (RPAC) not only will you be supporting important REALTOR® & Consumer Advocacy efforts that protect your business, but once again this year you will be given a shot at a Tablet + over $2,500 in other prizes. Plus invest $50 or more and you will be invited to our recognition celebration where you will enjoy networking, beverages, & light food. Be sure to ask us about your $5 credit!

June 2015 Housing Report: Numbers Continue to Show Challenges

New Listings were down 1.4 percent for single family homes and 16.3 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Pending sales clocked in at 339 for single family homes and 67 for townhouse-condo properties. The Median Sales Price was up 13.6 percent to $325,000 for single familyhomes and 32.3 percent to $231,500 for townhouse-condo properties. Days on Market decreased 1.3 percent for single family homes but increased 25.0 percent for condo properties.

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Boulder or Fort Collins: What City is More Affordable?

Think you know what city is more affordable? You may be surprised to see how these two hot real estate markets stack up using a Housing Affordability Index. Read on to see the results….

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Announcing the New Colorado REALTOR® Foundation

We are excited to announce the newly re-structured Colorado REALTOR® Foundation. The Colorado REALTOR® Foundation’s expanded mission is: To aid individuals by funding Colorado Nonprofits that ensure safe and affordable housing, to educate on home ownership, and support national disaster relief.

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