Monthly Archives: November 2014

Make a Small Bathroom the Highlight

Sellers’ snug bathroom doesn’t have to be a disappointment to potential buyers. Show them how to max out its potential by e-mailing a free article: “10 Inside Tips from a Designer Who Specializes in Small Baths” from the REALTOR® Content … Continue reading

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FHFA Changes GSE REO Policy

On November 25th, 2014, FHFA Director Mel Watt announced that he would be directing the GSEs to alter REO policies that would allow all qualified buyers to purchase current Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac REO inventory at market value.  The … Continue reading

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NTSB Review Panel Finds FAA Rules Apply to Drones

A four-member review panel at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reversed and remanded a decision made by an NTSB administrative law judge in the case Huerta v. Pirker, a landmark case dealing with the commercial use of drones and … Continue reading

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How Staging Is Key to Tackle the Emerging Generational Gap

By Patti Stern, Principal, PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating Every one is starting to make predictions already for the 2015 housing market. One of our own predictions: 2015 will continue to be a buyer’s market, particularly in certain areas … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving for 10 Averages $50: Help Owners Prep

The average cost to host a 10-guest Thanksgiving spread is $49.48, according to a 2012 American Farm Bureau Federation survey of 150 volunteer shoppers around the country. The cost of preparing your home for holiday guests is much more difficult … Continue reading

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FHA Releases 2014 Actuarial Report

On Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, FHA released its Annual Report to Congress and the FY 2014 Independent Actuarial Assessment of the FHA Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund.  The review shows that the fund has gained $6 billion over the past year … Continue reading

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TRIA Lobbying Day in DC

On Wednesday, Nov. 19, the Coalition to Insure Against Terrorism, or "CIAT," conducted a lobbying day on Capitol Hill, meeting with over thirty key members of Congress to urge for a long-term reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of … Continue reading

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Big RESPA Changes in 2015

On Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 NAR members heard from RESPA attorney Phil Schulman about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) changes to the Real Estate Settlment Procedures Act (RESPA) and the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) under the Dodd-Frank Wall … Continue reading

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3 Staging Solutions to Modernize a Space

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Stager Sandra Holmes, president of Home Staging Concepts in South Florida, shows how a few design touches can instantly transform a room. #1 Accessorize it. Master suite sitting area Problem: The nearly bare seating area … Continue reading

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President Obama Calls for Strict Net Neutrality Rule

On Nov. 10, 2014, President Obama asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take up the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality, the principle that says Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all internet traffic equally. REALTORS® have been … Continue reading

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