Monthly Archives: May 2014

EPA Publishes "Framework" for Possible Lead Rule

EPA is seeking public comment on the “Framework for Identifying and Evaluating Lead-Based Paint Hazards from Renovation, Repair, and Painting Activities in Public and Commercial Buildings.” The Framework describes a tailored approach for identifying and evaluating potential hazards created by … Continue reading

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CFPB issues $500,000 RESPA Fine

On May 28, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a consent agreement and $500,000 fine to a real estate firm for inadequate disclosure language in an affiliated business disclosure. Under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) affiliate … Continue reading

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Realtors® Back HUD and OMB Nominees Julian Castro and Shaun Donovan

WASHINGTON (May 27, 2014) – The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Steve Brown: "The National Association of Realtors® applauds the administration for nominating San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to serve as the next secretary for … Continue reading

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MAY-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 about selling your home, or … Continue reading

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3 Myths About Home Staging

By Audra Slinkey, Home Staging Resource There’s been a lot of talk about staging a home to sell these days because for the first time in a long time, sellers are getting above asking price offers! Making the most money … Continue reading

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Patent Litigation Reform Dies in the Senate

On May 21, Senate Judiciary Chairman, Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced that he would pull the patent litigation bill that has been under discussion for the past several months from the committee’s agenda. This action effectively kills the legislation for this … Continue reading

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FCC Propose New Net Neutrality Rules

On May 15, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 to open for public debate new rules meant to guarantee an open Internet. While the rules are meant to prevent Internet providers from knowingly slowing data, they would allow content … Continue reading

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NAR Urges Support on Rural Loans

NAR President Steve Brown sent letters to both the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture last week, urging support for Rural Housing Service (RHS) loans.  Programs such as the Section 502 loan program are instrumental in providing opportunities for … Continue reading

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Outdoor Cooking Buyer’s Guide

Want to make sellers’ home the one buyers remember — and drool over? Brand, print, and hand-deliver five free articles from the REALTOR® Content Resource to help sellers create a deliciously enticing outdoor cooking station, starting with: “Outdoor Appliance Buying … Continue reading

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Middle-Class Home Ownership Must Be a Bipartisan Priority

Published in Roll Call In recent years, the dialogue on Capitol Hill has been dominated by a debate about the economic well being of the middle class. Years of sluggish growth, widening inequality and a deep sense that the nation’s … Continue reading

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