Public Affairs Update

Public Affairs Update………………………………………………….…….August 31, 2016

  • The Yo-Yo Housing Market: Outlook Remains Cloudy

  • Feds Launch Internet of Things Inquiry

  • NAR Talks Drones at White House Event

  • Colorado REALTORS® Saying No to Amendment 69

  • How High Will City of Boulder Development Fees Go?

  • Pizza & Public Affairs Wednesday, September 7 noon to 1:00PM at BARA

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    The Yo-Yo Housing Market: Outlook Remains Cloudy

    Housing market fundamentals were a mixed bag in Q2 will likely remain an uneven piece of the economy for the rest of the year, according to Fannie Mae.
    READ MORE [Source: DSNews.com 08-19-2016]

     

    Feds Launch Internet of Things Inquiry
    NAR expects to participate in a process to be launched this fall by the U.S. Commerce Department to explore Internet of Things security and upgradeability. IOT is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet or other devices. [Source: NARenews 08-18-2016]

     

    NAR Talks Drones at White House Event
    NAR was the only real estate-related group invited to participate in a White House workshop on the future of drones and aviation. Watch a recording to hear government and industry experts share their insights on the opportunities and challenges drones pose. [Source: NARenews 08-18-2016]

     

    Colorado REALTORS® Saying NO to Amendment 69

    Amendment 69 is a $25 billion dollar tax - a double tax on your livelihood. Small business owners and LLC's will pay both sides of the proposed tax for a total of a 10% tax increase. Business owners will also pay the full 10% on all profits, even if those dollars are not withdrawn from the business. There is no direct voter oversight for potential tax increases to cover increased costs. If passed, Colorado would immediately have the highest state taxes in the country. Companies and individuals saying NO to Colorado means fewer clients looking for a home. Protect your state. Protect your clients. Protect your business. Vote no on Amendment 69. Read more

     

    How High Will City of Boulder Development Fees Go?

    Boulder City Council is considering significant increases in impact fees charged on new development. At its September 20th meeting, Council will discuss raising the Affordable Housing Linkage Fee on commercial development from the current $9.53 per square foot of new development to as much as $30 per square foot. Read the recent Daily Camera story, or visit the city's website for more details. [Source: BEC Update 08-26-2016]

     

    Pizza & Public Affairs Wednesday, September 7, 2016 noon to 1:00PM at BARA

    Guest Speaker: Kurt Firnhaber, Deputy Director of Housing, City of Boulder

    What he will present:

     

    Kurt will update us on policies and strategies being developed as part of the City’s Comprehensive Housing initiative. Addressing housing issues in Boulder has been a top priority for City council since late 2015. Strategies are being considered to address: jobs/housing mix; land use map adjustments (rezoning); diversifying housing product types; preservation of existing affordable housing; commercial linkage fees; affordable housing funding options; and review progress of the Middle Income Housing Strategy Working Group. The working group has been meeting throughout the summer and is expected to report their findings and recommendations to City council this fall. Use this link to learn more about the Middle Income Housing Strategy Working Group. If you want to know more about the City’s 2016 housing initiatives go to Housing Boulder.

     

    Save the Date. You Don’t Want to Miss This Important Discussion.

     

    Kurt Firnhaber has been the Chief Operations Officer for “Right to Care,” a large health services NGO in South Africa for the past ten years. He has held leadership roles with Habitat for Humanity in both South Africa and here in Boulder, and served as a project manager and construction manager with Boulder’s Affordable Housing Alliance, Boulder Housing Authority, and Wonderland Development Company. Kurt has been the Deputy Director of Housing since April 2016.

     

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