Monthly Archives: April 2015

FHA Delays Handbook Implementation Date

On April 30, 2015, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced that it will delay implementation of the Single Family Housing Policy Handbook for 90 days.  The policies in the new handbook will now be effective for case numbers assigned on … Continue reading

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Senate Patent Reform Bill a Good First Step, Say Realtors®

WASHINGTON (April 29, 2015) – The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron regarding the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship (PATENT) Act of 2015 introduced in the U.S. Senate today by Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles … Continue reading

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Nifty DIY Project for Sellers

Help home owners enhance curb appeal and the chances of a quick sale with affordable do-it-yourself upgrades. Check out 5 Easy DIY Weekend Projects Under $300, a free article from NAR’s REALTOR® Content Resource. That’s just one of five free articles to … Continue reading

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Watt Hasn't Increased Taxpayer Risk

Published in the Wall Street Journal Any increase in guarantee fees would mean overcharging qualified, responsible home buyers to compensate for a lack of trust on the part of the mortgage-investor community who are still squeamish about entering the market. … Continue reading

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Reimagine the Formal Living Room

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine A living room likely isn’t topping many home shoppers’ must-have list these days. In fact, some architects say the formal living room – that upscale room welcoming guests at the front of a home … Continue reading

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Congress passes "Tenant Star" Legislation

On Tuesday, April 21, the House of Representative passed S.535, the "Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015."  More commonly known as the "Tenant Star" bill, it was sponsored by Senators Portman (R-OH) and Shaheen (D-NH) in the Senate, where it … Continue reading

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NAR Comments on UAS Privacy

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) solicited comments on Privacy, Transparency, and Accountability Regarding Commercial and Private Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). NAR submitted a comment letter this week addressing many issues in dealing with privacy challenges in … Continue reading

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NAR Submits Safety Comments to FAA

NAR submitted a comment letter in response to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s proposed rule on the Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The proposed rule would govern the operations of UAS weighing 55 lbs or less. … Continue reading

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Understand the Changes Coming to the Settlement Process: NAR Resources

On August 1, 2015, a new RESPA/Truth in Lending Act integration rule goes into effect that significantly changes the settlement process. In this video, NAR President Chris Polychron talks about the resources NAR has available to help you understand these … Continue reading

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Is That Home Healthy?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Surprisingly, one in five home owners consider their homes unhealthy, according to the Healthy Home Study of about 800 home owners conducted by Houzz. So what makes a home healthy to home owners? The … Continue reading

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