Monthly Archives: December 2014

3 Ways to Start a Bidding War Through Staging

By Audra Slinkey, Home Staging Resource Every real estate professional wants to have the reputation for being “the agent that makes the most money for their sellers.” But how exactly can you do that? First, I’m going to give you … Continue reading

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Which Color Combinations Go Well Together In Staging?

By Lindsey Schroeder, Archway Construction Conventional wisdom says to paint everything white when a home is up for resale — but savvy sellers know color can actually be a smart staging tool. A well-chosen color scheme in furniture and décor … Continue reading

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Senate Passes Mortgage Debt Tax Bill

On December 16, 2014, the Senate passed H.R. 5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, by a vote of 76-16.   The bill includes a one-year extension of several expired tax provisions that benefit REALTORS and their clients, including … Continue reading

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Senate Fails to Reauthorize TRIA

Despite having a bipartisan compromise bill, the Senate failed to reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) before it adjourned for the remainder of the year, resulting in the program expiring on December 31, 2014.  Sen. Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. … Continue reading

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NAR Continues Push on Premiums

NAR continues to push FHA to lower the mortgage premiums. Today, FHA fees make up nearly 25 percent of a monthly mortgage payment. NAR has been supportive of HUD's plans to develop a new program called Homeowners Armed with Knowledge (HAWK) … Continue reading

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The 12 Days of Safety This Holiday Season

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NAR Testifies on Capitol Hill

On December 9, 2014, the U.S. Senate Banking Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development held a hearing entitled, “Inequality, Opportunity, and the Housing Market.” Mabel Guzman, 2014 NAR Conventional Financing and Policy Committee chairwoman and broker for @properties in … Continue reading

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NAR RESPA/TILA Webinar

On December 11, 2014 NAR held a webinar on changes to the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The webinar featured noted RESPA … Continue reading

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2015 VA Loan Limits Released

On December 10, 2014, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released its 2015 Loan Limits.  The temporary high cost loan limits, which are currently at 150 percent of the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) loan limits, will expire on … Continue reading

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Real Christmas Tree vs. Fake: Which Is Really Greener?

In 2012, consumers purchased 24.5 million real and 10.9 million fake Christmas trees, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. Which are more environmentally friendly? Help homeowners answer that question by tweeting a free article, “Real Christmas Trees vs. Fake … Continue reading

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