Monthly Archives: August 2015

Why You Need to Learn More About Feng Shui

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR Magazine The ancient design philosophy of feng shui is gaining more traction in real estate as the number of Chinese home buyers are taking a bigger liking to U.S. real estate. Eighty-six percent of Chinese … Continue reading

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Administration Issues PACE Guidance

On Monday, August 24, the Obama Administration announced a number of initiatives related to energy efficiency and renewable energy, including two programs of interest to the real estate industry: Residential Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing: PACE financing allows homeowners to … Continue reading

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Match the Curb Appeal to the Home’s Style

Does your listing’s curb appeal match it’s architecture? A new guide provides tips on how to achieve curb appeal that compliments a home’s architecture. The Fypon Style Guide, created with Duket Architects Planners in Toledo, Ohio, provides tips on adding … Continue reading

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Updated List of FAA-Approved Operators Available

The FAA continues to approve Section 333 waivers for commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. Only operators with the Section 333 waivers may operate commercially. Please see the updated list of operators with waivers to find one … Continue reading

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NAR Supports FHA Lender Metric

On August 20, 2015, NAR President Chris Polychron sent a letter to the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) in support of its supplemental lender performance metric.  The new metric will allow FHA to measure default rates in three credit score bands … Continue reading

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‘Heavy Metal’ is Rocking Home Design Accessories

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Mixed metals are growing in popularity in home design, adding some bling and modernizing spaces. Warm metallic — such as in burnished gold, bronze, and copper – are among the most popular, but the … Continue reading

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FHA Handbook Section for Comment

FHA has released a new section of its Handbook for comment related to claims calculation and submission guidance as well as property disposition for FHA-insured Single-Family Mortgages.  This could be of interest to REALTORS if you are a HUD-registered real … Continue reading

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CFPB Releases New TRID Tools

On August 14, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a new online toolkit to help real estate professionals understand the new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule and how to explain those changes to their clients. As part of … Continue reading

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RHS Direct Loan Funds Available

The Rural Housing Service (RHS) has available funds in its Section 502 Direct Loan Program that must be used by September 30, 2015.  As of August 13, 2015, RHS has enough to fund approximately 2,500 additional home loans.  Direct loans … Continue reading

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The Hottest Color for Home Interiors in 2015

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine  Gray interiors are growing in popularity, holding the edge on most popular hue for the second year for home interiors, according to the Paint Quality Institute. “It’s understated and sophisticated,” according to the Paint … Continue reading

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