Monthly Archives: September 2014

4 Ways to Makeover a Master Bedroom

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Only 2 percent of more than 1,700 home owners say they have achieved their design vision in their homes, according to a survey by the remodeling website Houzz (2014 Houzz Decorating Trends Survey). And … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Home Decor, Home Selling | Comments Off on 4 Ways to Makeover a Master Bedroom

NAR Submits Comments to FAA on UAVs

In June 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued comments clarifying the permitted use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for commercial purposes. Real estate was called out specifically as a prohibited use. NAR submitted comments in response to the FAA … Continue reading

Share
Posted in General, Real Estate | Comments Off on NAR Submits Comments to FAA on UAVs

Rural Housing Eligibility Follow-Up

On September 26, 2014, NAR President Steve Brown sent a letter to USDA Secretary Vilsack in response to state REALTOR® associations’ concerns about community eligibility for rural housing loans.  Rural housing directors in each state have the discretion to determine … Continue reading

Share
Posted in General, Real Estate | Comments Off on Rural Housing Eligibility Follow-Up

Scientists Question EPA’s Commercial Lead Paint Approach

Due to lack of data on actual real-world exposures, EPA has proposed a highly sophisticated alternative “framework” which instead would evaluate the probability that children might someday be exposed to lead paint dangers in a commercial building.  NAR, as part … Continue reading

Share
Posted in General, Real Estate | Comments Off on Scientists Question EPA’s Commercial Lead Paint Approach

Political Advocacy

On May 15, 2014, the FCC issued a proposed rule for comment. This rule would allow large content providers like Netflix and Facebook and others to negotiate separate, exclusive deals with Internet Service Providers to carry their content on faster … Continue reading

Share
Posted in General, Real Estate | Comments Off on Political Advocacy

3 Ways to Spruce Up the Garage

Traditional Garage And Shed by Whittier General Contractors Garage Envy   Garages are an often overlooked part of the home, despite the fact that home owners spend a frequent amount of time there. In fact, for most home owners, the … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Home Decor, Home Selling | Comments Off on 3 Ways to Spruce Up the Garage

House Passes 3% Cap Package

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5461, a compendium of legislation that had already passed the House that includes H.R. 3211, The Mortgage Choice Act that addresses discrimination in the calculation of fees and points … Continue reading

Share
Posted in General, Real Estate | Comments Off on House Passes 3% Cap Package

New CFPB Webinar on RESPA/TILA

On Wednesday October 1, 2014 at 2:00 PM EDT the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Federal Reserve will be hosting another webinar on the implementation of changes to the Real Estate Settlment Procedures Act (RESPA) and the Truth in … Continue reading

Share
Posted in General, Real Estate | Comments Off on New CFPB Webinar on RESPA/TILA

Realtors® President Calls on Policy Makers to Protect Middle Class Homeownership at Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Summit

WASHINGTON (September 16, 2014) – National Association of Realtors® President Steve Brown delivered remarks about the ongoing obstacles to mortgage credit facing creditworthy buyers today at the Bipartisan Policy Center’s 2014 Housing Summit, Housing America’s Future: New Directions for National … Continue reading

Share
Posted in General, Real Estate | Comments Off on Realtors® President Calls on Policy Makers to Protect Middle Class Homeownership at Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Summit

5 Remodeling Projects with the Lowest Paybacks at Resale

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine If you want to get the biggest bang for your remodeling buck, replace the entry door to steel, according to the 2014 Cost vs. Value Report, produced by Remodeling Magazine in conjunction with REALTOR® … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Home Decor, Home Selling | Comments Off on 5 Remodeling Projects with the Lowest Paybacks at Resale