Monthly Archives: March 2014

Check Out These 7 Trends Spicing Up Kitchen Designs

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Wood flooring and glass backsplashes are expected to show up in more kitchens this year. Those were among two findings from the latest trend report from the National Kitchen & Bath Association, which surveyed … Continue reading

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Your Current Housing Trend Newsletter – March 2014

MAR-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 home, thinking … Continue reading

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Proposed Rule Issued on AMCs

On March 24, 2014, six federal agencies issued a joint proposed rule to implement minimum requirements for state registration and supervision of appraisal management companies (AMCs). States will not be required to establish an AMC registration and supervision program, and … Continue reading

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President Signs Flood Rate Bill

In 2012, REALTORS worked together to obtain a five-year extension of the National Flood Insurance Program. Afterwards, REALTORS heard from clients about exorbitant rate hikes and wildely inaccurate rate quotes in the program. REALTORS were first to report the problems … Continue reading

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2014 Cost vs. Value: 5 Mid-Range Remodeling Projects That Offer the Biggest Returns

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Traditional Entry by West Palm Beach Paint & Wall Coverings D’Avco Painting Contractors Inc. Just replacing that front door may offer some of the biggest bang for a remodelers’ buck, according to the 2014 … Continue reading

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President Obama Signs Flood Insurance Bill Into Law

On March 21, 2014, President Obama signed the “Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act” into law. This law repeals FEMA’s authority to increase premium rates at time of sale or new flood map, and refunds the excessive premium to those who … Continue reading

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MSA Calculations Affect Loan Limits

On March 19, 2014, President Steve Brown wrote a letter to the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) about the significant drops in loan limits in some areas with revised Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) determinations. While MSAs are determined by the Office … Continue reading

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NAR Submits Comments On Loan Limits

On March 20, 2014, NAR President Steve Brown submitted comments on the Federal Housing Finance Agencies (FHFA) request for information on lowering the loan purchase limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises). Former FHFA Acting Director DeMarco published … Continue reading

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Staging to Sell: Transforming Small and Large Properties To Sell in Today’s Market

By Patti Stern, guest contributor Getting clients to consider staging their home to sell is a major challenge many real estate professionals encounter. Some sellers think their home is either too small or too big to be staged or that … Continue reading

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Help Passed on Flood Insurance Rates

In this short video, NAR Senior Legislative Analyst Austin Perez explains how the bill will impact the flood insurance rates paid by homeowners. He also answers the pressing question: "What should I tell a buyer if they ask about insurance … Continue reading

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