Denver Realtors joined the Colorado Association of Realtors 100 Year Celebration and Fall Conference last week at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. Dozens of meetings perused various topics effecting home buyers, sellers and Realtors such as the MLS, multiple listing service. I was excited to attend these meetings which included our statewide Board of Directors Meeting.
The Denver MLS Home Search System
The Strategic Think Tank discussed how the Realtor MLS system benefits consumers as well real estate professional in forming an efficient market place open to all. Larry Kendall was the founder of The Group, Fort Collins largest real estate brokerage. He also has taught at Colorado State University and his own Ninja Selling.
That organization teaches professional education and development of Colorado Realtors. He explained the value of MLS services.
The MLS system is under investigation by various government agencies for non-competitive practices and possibly acting as a coordinated conglomerate. In addition, dozens of other meetings touched various aspects real estate transactions and practices.
The MLS Forum also discussed progress with Clear Cooperation. That’s the new requirement to place all “coming soon” listings in the Denver MLS within one business day of any other marketing. Other marketing might include a for sale sign, internet posting, print advertising or even brochure distribution.
Legislative Policy Meetings
For example, the legislative Policy Committee discussed how to better advance attainable housing. Rising home prices in Colorado contribute the lack of affordability. This committee is looking for ways to advance attainable housing at the local and state levels. One colorful developer talked about how all he needs is some relaxing of red tape and regulations to produce quality, attainably priced homes.
Evidently, “attainable housing” often includes homes for sale at price points at least 25% below average market prices. “Affordable homes” often includes homes where is substantially below other market rent prices.
Other legislative priorities include issues defending private property rights throughout the state.
Colorado Realtors Diversity and Inclusion
Also, our Diversity and Inclusion Committee discussed topics effecting low-income housing as well as fair housing issues. That new committee at the Colorado Association of Realtors was recently founded due to the efforts of Milford Adams, now President of the Metro Denver Association and Scott Grossman.
Natalie Davis, Chair-elect of the Colorado Association of Realtors moderated the program at this meeting . This committee is always seeking new ways to make ensure all segments of our society are included in fair housing and professional real estate practices. The committee intends to bring action items to the Board of Directors as it investigates possible ways to reach more diverse communities.
The Conference concluded with Colorado Association of Realtors Board of Directors Meeting. We discussed our recent accomplishments at the state level and the challenges that lay ahead. Motions were generally of a housekeeping nature at this meeting.
All and all, this 100 Year Celebration of the Colorado Association of Realtors was a huge success.