Monthly Archives: October 2014

Check Out Some Devilish Décor for Halloween

Home owners love to decorate their homes for the holidays. But how far is too far when it comes to curb appeal with your Halloween décor? Get amused – or maybe even a little spooked – and check out this … Continue reading

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Show Off a Home’s Dining Space

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Nearly three-quarters of about 1,700 home owners recently surveyed say that they use their dining rooms on a daily or weekly basis, according to the 2014 Houzz Decorating Trends Survey. The majority of home … Continue reading

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Regulators Propose Tweaks to Flood Rules

Regulators released a joint proposed rule today that would require lenders to escrow flood insurance payments and eliminate mandatory insurance requirements for structures that are detached from a primary residence. The rule would require lenders to escrow premiums and fees … Continue reading

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Realtors® Say QRM Rule Will Provide Clarity in Housing Finance Market, Benefit Consumers

WASHINGTON (October 21, 2014) – The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Steve Brown: “NAR applauds the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for finalizing the Qualified Residential Mortgage rule today, which includes a broad definition of QRM … Continue reading

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QRM Mortgage Rule Could Ease Credit for Consumers

No minimum down payment, as NAR sought The mortgage financing environment for households could improve as a result of a rule federal regulators are releasing starting today. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation is the first of six financial regulators to … Continue reading

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3 Photos That Will Make You Want to Stage a Vacant Listing

By Patti Stern, Principal PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating After making a desperate $50,000 price reduction on her parent’s well-maintained home a “Today Show” viewer asked real estate expert, Barbara Corcoran, if she should remove the dated furnishings. … Continue reading

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NAR Meets With FAA on UAVs

NAR recently met with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials to discuss NAR's concerns and perspectives regarding the upcoming proposed rulemaking to regulate small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).   NAR encouraged the FAA to expedite this proposed rulemaking and quickly develop a … Continue reading

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NAR Supports Efforts To Improve Credit Liquidity

On Oct. 13, 2014, NAR submitted comments on the Federal Housing Finance Agencies proposal to create a Single Security that could be guaranteed by either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac (the government-sponsored enterprises or GSEs).  The multi-year development of a … Continue reading

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FY 2015 Rural Housing Funds

Funding for Rural Development’s Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan program is now available for fiscal year (FY) 2015.  The funding received is based on a Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015 (P.L. 113-164, H.J. RES.124). Loans that were issued Conditional Commitments “subject … Continue reading

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Help Sellers Get Their Homes Back in Shape After Halloween

Show sellers how to get their home back in showing shape after the Halloween fun ends: Brand, print, and hand deliver a free article: “Egging, Toilet Papering: How to Clean Up After Halloween Pranks” from the REALTOR® Content Resource. It’s … Continue reading

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