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New rules governing title insurance in Colorado are taking effect May 1, the state Division of Insurance announced Wednesday.  The rules are intended “to ensure consumer interests are protected in real estate transactions,” officials said. Here is the text of a news release issued Wednesday by the Division of Insurance, a unit of the state’s Department of Regulatory Agencies:

NEW RULES FOR TITLE INSURANCE TAKE EFFECT MAY 1, 2010

Although many homebuyers are not educated in the intricacies of title insurance, the Division of Insurance is working to update title rules and regulations to ensure consumer interests are protected in real estate transactions.

Effective May 1, 2010, there’s a newly adopted version of Division of Insurance Regulation 3-5-1, which governs the title insurance industry in Colorado.

“When purchasing a home, having title insurance in good order helps buyers be sure that there are no problems with the home’s title and that the seller really owns the property,” said Colorado Insurance Commissioner Marcy Morrison. “The recent update to our regulation recognizes the inherent value in services provided by title insurance companies and agencies, and moves to ensure these entities are compensated for valuable services, rather than passing hidden costs back to consumers in the form of higher premiums and closing fees.”

While much of the regulation has remained the same as past versions, there are a number of important changes in the way title insurance entities must now conduct business:

• Free property reports – title insurance companies and agencies are no longer permitted to issue property reports (known as ownership and encumbrance reports, or O&Es) without charge. Also included in this prohibition is the issuance of preliminary title commitments (known as TBD commitments) without charge. These products represent a considerable expense for the title industry, expenses that are passed back to consumers in the form of higher premiums and closing fees.

• Free classes for real estate agents – while title entities may still teach classes relating to title insurance without charge to the attendees, but any costs associated for classes not primarily related to the business of title insurance must be passed back to the attendees. Classes such as internet marketing for real estate brokers, or how to prepare a real estate contract, may not be provided without charge.

• Title commitments and disclosures – a number of updates affect the internal operation of title entities, including clarifications on what is considered a reasonable search and exam, disclosure requirements on the title commitments regarding true ownership of properties, and prohibitions against overly broad coverage exceptions.

• Consumer funds – title entities are no longer permitted to invest the funds they hold for other parties without first receiving written approval from necessary parties. Additionally, a title entity that earns interest on fiduciary funds must now give disclosure that interest is or was earned, and give consumers the opportunity to receive payment for any interest over certain administrative fees.

The updated regulation can be viewed at: http://www.dora.state.co.us/insurance/regs/F3-5-1_030510.pdf

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Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), which was created by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 to address the problems that can be created to foreclosure-ridden neighborhoods.

According to U.S. Housing and Urban Development, "The NSP Program also seeks to prevent future foreclosures by requiring housing counseling for families receiving homebuyer assistance. In addition, the Agency seeks to protect future homebuyers by requiring States and local grantees to ensure that new homebuyers under this program obtain a mortgage loan from a lender who agrees to comply with sound lending practices."

Some highlights…

Energy Efficient Housing Tax Credits & Grants
— homeowners will be able to claim a 30% tax credit for purchases of new furnaces, windows and insulation through 2010.

Broadband Deploymen
t – Why should you care? A 2006 Commerce Department report determined that property values are 6% higher in communities where broadband is available.

Other provisions funded Rural Housing Service, Transportation Investments, Low Income Housing Grants, Tax-Exempt Housing Bonds, all of which benefit our communities by increasing or helping to stabilize housing values throughout the country.

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…Remember! The next time you are in a conversation with someone who is thinking about a move – IN ANY CITY OR STATE IN THE US OR CANADA – call me first! I can help make sure your friends, family members and work associates are very well taken care of.

Lauren Sherman, 03.30.09, 04:00 PM EST

U.S. migration may be down overall, but these vibrant metro areas are still attracting newcomers.

Unemployment is on the rise, credit is tight, and consumers aren’t spending–which means they aren’t picking up and moving much either. Very few places in America saw significant population growth in 2008.

But the buzzing metropolitan area of Denver bucked that trend. Its population increased by 2.17% in 2008. In 2007, it increased by 2.09%. In 2008, Denver was the 10th-fastest growing metro area in the U.S.

What’s Denver got that other places don’t? 

Click below or copy and paste this link in your internet browser for the complete article:

http://www.forbes.com/2009/03/30/americans-moving-cities-lifestyle-real-estate-relocating.html?partner=email

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This is a great time to buy a home, condo or townhouse with the new $8,000 housing tax credit. This is available for first time home buyers, if you buy before December 1, 2009. If you ever wanted to buy a home, now is the time.  Ask yourself the questions below to see if you should take advantage of this great opportunity. 

  • Time frame to buy? – By December 1, 2009
  • First-time home buyer? – A buyer who has not owned a home for three years.
  • Married first-time buyer? – Both buyers have not owned a home for three years.
  • Claim tax credit? – Claim the tax credit on your federal income tax return.
  • Other form or forms? – No other form except your federal income tax return.
  • Credit limits? – Single $75,000, Married $150,000.
  • Building a custom home? – You qualify, but you have to occupy the home by Dec. 1, 2009.
  • Buying a new home? – You qualify, but the settlement day has to be by Dec. 1, 2009.
  • Tax credit pay back? – You are not required to repay except for certain conditions.
  • Access the tax credit now? – Change your withholding numbers.
  • Mortgage Revenue Bonds? – Allow tax credit home buyers to participate.
  • Loan credit? – State housing finance agencies to help buyers at closing by  advancing the credit amount as a loan.

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