Monthly Archives: February 2014

Analysis of Camp Tax Reform Draft

On Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released his long-awaited discussion draft for comprehensive reform of the tax code. The draft includes dozens of provisions that would affect real estate, and they are … Continue reading

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Senate Hearing on TRIA Reauthorization

On Feb. 25, the Senate Banking Committee held Part II in a series of hearings to examine the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) of 2002, which sunsets on December 31, 2014. TRIA was passed in the aftermath of the September 11, … Continue reading

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Senate Introduces Patent Demand Letter Legislation

On Feb. 26, Senators McCaskill (D-MO) and Rockefeller (D-WV) introduced legislation that will better equip the nation’s top consumer protection agency with the tools needed to crack down on “patent trolls”—companies that buy patents, but then fail to actually produce … Continue reading

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For Your Unrealistic Sellers…

Sure, sellers know potential buyers must be willing to invest much-needed TLC in their home after the purchase. The tough part is getting them to price their home properly, based on the true cost of necessary fixes. You can help … Continue reading

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FEB-2014 Newsletter Housing Trends eNewsletter

  FEB-2014 Newsletter Housing Trends eNewsletter   Welcome to the most current Housing Trends eNewsletter. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a … Continue reading

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Realtors® Oppose Tax Plan to Limit Mortgage Interest Deduction, Real Estate Provisions

WASHINGTON (February 26, 2014) – The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Steve Brown: “NAR supports reforms that promote economic growth, but we strongly oppose severely altering the rules that govern ownership and investment in real … Continue reading

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House to Vote on Flood Insurance

On Wednesday, Feb. 26, the House is scheduled to vote up-or-down on an amended version of H.R. 3370, the Flood Insurance Affordability Act. The original bill text has been stripped and replaced by substitute language that considerably strengthens the bill. … Continue reading

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7 Bathroom Remodeling Trends

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine What’s trending in bathroom remodels? Houzz recently released its 2014 Winter Bathroom Trends Study showing the top bathroom remodel preferences of more than 7,500 home owners in the U.S. and Canada. The report shows … Continue reading

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NAR Addresses Possible Lead Rule

On Feb. 4, the broad-based “Commercial Properties Coalition,” which includes NAR and many other real estate and development groups, sent the latest in a series of comment letters to EPA regarding lead paint issues.  This letter addresses a nationwide questionnaire … Continue reading

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FCC to Propose New Net Neutrality Rules

On Feb. 19, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it would propose new net neutrality rules after a Federal Appeals court struck down the commission’s rules adopted in 2010. The proposal, unveiled by the FCC on Wednesday, is part of … Continue reading

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