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Welcome to the official blog site of The Iwaniw Team at Avalar Atlantic Properties, real estate marketers. Visit often to read our entries pertaining to the current housing market, the growth of our business, special promotions, and properties that we currently market. We will be adding commentary and articles that we feel are of interest to current home owners and buyers.


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NAR Opposes USDA Reorganization

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has provided a report to Congress proposing their reorganization. The new plan creates an Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agriculture Affairs. However, it also eliminates the Under Secretary of Rural Development, a department which includes rural housing programs. Instead, rural development agencies will report directly to the USDA Secretary.

While the USDA report calls this move an "elevation" of the program, NAR is concerned that it will undermine the importance of these programs, which provide valuable access to housing… Read More
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Hearing Held on PHH v. CFPB

On May 24, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard oral arguments in the case of PHH Corp. v. CFPB. The court examined whether the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) single director structure is unconstitutional and whether the CFPB exceeded their authority when interpreting the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). The bulk of the oral arguments focused on the constitutionality argument, rather than the RESPA concerns.

Initial reports indicate the court is unlikely to rule the CFPB is unconstitutionally structured (… Read More
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House Releases Flood Insurance Bill

On May 25, 2017, the House Financial Services Committee released portions of draft legislation to reauthorize and reform the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The program is up for reauthorization on September 30.

The committee has released six sections spanning 161 pages, addressing NFIP affordability, flood mapping, mitigation incentives, taxpayer protections, claims process, and private flood insurance. The release of the discussion drafts comes in advance of an expected legislative hearing and markup expected in early June. NAR staff is currently reviewing the bill text… Read More
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May 2017 GAD Briefing

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These are the presentation slides from the GAD Briefing on May 16, 2017 at the 2017 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, DC. 


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Monday Minute – Week of May 22, 2017

Both the Senate and House are in session this week, but the focus will be in the House where a few issues of importance to REALTORS® will be discussed. The Financial Services Committee has a hearing tentatively scheduled for May 25 on flood insurance. The Science, Space, & Technology Committee will discuss expanding the role of States in EPA rulemaking.  The Energy & Commerce Committee will discuss how new technologies (i.e. drones) have impacted delivery services available to consumers  and  businesses, and regulatory challenges at the federal, state, and local… Read More
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Infographic: How to Stage a Home on a Budget

Provided by Principal Homebuyers

Staging your home on a budget for a fast sale

 

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Internal News Service Special Report

NAR Reaffirms Support of Project Upstream

The NAR Board of Directors voted to continue its support of Upstream, the technology developed to give brokers and agents a better way to manage their listing data and direct its distribution to MLSs, vendors, and third-party listing aggregators. 

Spearheaded by the broker-run UpstreamRE LLC, the technology has been successfully demonstrated by RMLS, a REALTOR® owned MLS operating in the Portland, Ore., area. Several other demonstrations are planned for this summer with brokers and MLSs around the country. … Read More
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Is Mortgage-Interest Deduction the Best Way?

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Regarding your editorial “Houses of Lobbyists” (May 6): Buying a home isn’t the only way to build a nest egg, but middle-class families can’t get a $200,000 bank loan to invest in stocks. They can, however, get a loan to buy a house. Unfortunately, eviscerating the mortgage-interest deduction (MID) would undermine households that have taken this step. Household ownership in real estate currently stands at $23.1 trillion, and even a 5% drop in home values could destroy $1 trillion in household wealth.

What… Read More
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HUD Secretary Carson Highlights Possible Improvements to Homeownership Programs

HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson speaks at the Regulatory Issues Forum at the 2017 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, DC.

WASHINGTON (May 16, 2017) — Potential homebuyers have a lot to contend with from tight credit and low inventory to rising prices. But for buyers who are able to muscle past these hurdles, Realtors® know that tough-to… Read More
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HUD Secretary Carson Highlights 3 Possible Improvements to Homeownership Programs

HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson speaks at the Regulatory Issues Forum at the 2017 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, DC.

WASHINGTON (May 16, 2017) — Potential homebuyers have a lot to contend with from tight credit and low inventory to rising prices. But for buyers who are able to muscle past these hurdles, Realtors® know that tough-to… Read More
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