Monthly Archives: August 2014

FEMA Issues New Flood Insurance Manual

FEMA has updated THE manual which insurance companies use to write flood insurance policies.  The comprehensive manual provides answers to just about any question a REALTOR® or REALTOR® Association staffer may have regarding flood insurance, ranging from how condos are … Continue reading

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Elimination of FHA “Prepayment Penalty”

On August 26, 2014, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) issued its final rule to eliminate post-payment interest charges on FHA-insured single family mortgages.  NAR has urged FHA and Ginnie Mae to remove this prepayment penalty for years as the policy … Continue reading

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Guiding Principles for Reforming Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae

One of the biggest public policy issues facing the real estate industry is the future of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. NAR has been closely involved in discussions on their reform since it will have a direct impact on our … Continue reading

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August Recess Isn't Slowing Down NAR

Congress has adjourned for the rest of the summer, but that isn’t stopping REALTORS® from staying in touch with our representatives. Go to Source The Iwaniw Team Residential Marketing Specialists @Avalar Atlantic Properties Direct: 856-318-9098 Cell: 856-404-5635 http://www.iwaniw.com/ Like Us … Continue reading

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4 Tips for Furniture Arrangement

You step into a room and you know something is off but you can’t pinpoint it. Could it be the furniture arrangement? Home design writer Fred Albert with the Houzz editorial staff offers up several tips on proper furniture arrangement. … Continue reading

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FHFA Releases GSE Strategic Plan

On August 15, 2014,The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released a Request for Input on its Strategic Plan for 2015-2019.  The plan outlines the direction that FHFA will guide the GSEs while in conservatorship. Highlights: Goal 1: Ensure Safe and … Continue reading

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FEMA Redesigns Map Service Center

FEMA has announced a redesign of their Map Service Center (MSC). In addition to a streamlined and intuitive user interface, the upgraded MSC provides a number of new features and benefits to the public.  For a summary of changes, please … Continue reading

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Free e-Newsletter Info Shows Owners TLC for the Home

Help home owners make their home the “youngest” on the block. Add to your e-newsletter a free article, “Is Your Home Older Than Its Years?,” from the REALTOR® Content Resource. It’s one of five free articles now available in the … Continue reading

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The Chic, New Neutral Color Backdrop

Photo credit: Jeff Kaufmann, PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating, pjhomestyling.com By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Move over, beige. Shades of whites and grays are becoming the trendy wall color choice nowadays. For contemporary, sophisticated walls, stagers are … Continue reading

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NAR Comments on Housing Finance Reform

On Aug. 8, 2014, NAR President Steve Brown provided comments to the U.S. Department of Treasury in response to a request for Public Input on Development of Responsible Private Label Securities (PLS) Market.  In the letter, NAR highlighted principles for … Continue reading

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