Monthly Archives: November 2015

Top 10 Tips for Staging a Home for Photos

By Justin Riordan, Spade and Archer Design Agency Ah, yes the beloved Top 10 list. If only life were that simple and any skill you ever wanted to learn could be perfected with just 10 easy to learn, neatly packaged … Continue reading

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Stage the Bathroom: 7 Simple Ideas

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Since 2000, the standard home for-sale was about 1,800 square feet – which mostly stayed steady for several years. But lately, the standard new home has swelled to 2,200 square feet, according to the … Continue reading

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FHA Fund Reaches 2 Percent

On Monday, November 16, 2015, FHA released its Annual Report to Congress and the FY 2015 Independent Actuarial Assessment of the FHA Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund.  The review shows that the capital reserve ratio has reached 2.07 percent and has … Continue reading

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House and Senate Begin Transportation Negotiations

The House and Senate have approved two six year bills and the differences are currently being ironed out in Conference. Therefore, Congress will most likely approve a short-term extension of transportation until early December 2015 (transportation policy expires Nov. 20, … Continue reading

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DOE Releases Home Energy Efficiency Report

The Department of Energy recently released a report that highlights how residential energy efficiency programs can help make a home's energy efficiency enhancements more visible to buyers, real estate agents, lenders and appraisers. Prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the … Continue reading

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FHA Fund Achieves 2 Percent Capital Reserve Requirement

Realtors® Applaud Success, Call for Further FHA Policy Changes to Bolster Homeownership WASHINGTON (November 16, 2015) — The Federal Housing Administration today released its 2015 Actuarial Review, a financial assessment of the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund, and the review shows … Continue reading

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Need to Get Your Seller Packing? Moving Tips to Get Them Moving

Does your listing need decluttered? Get your sellers packing ahead of their move. Take a look at this helpful infographic from this British self-storage company FlexiSpace that breaks down the entire moving process for your sellers. Moving House: packing, moving … Continue reading

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'Know Before You Owe' Delays Minimal So Far, Say Realtors®

San Diego (November 13, 2015) — Months of preparation and training paid off for Realtors® as the implementation of new closing documents known as the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and Truth in Lending Act Integrated Disclosure enters its second … Continue reading

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BREAKING: HUD Announces Change to FHA Condo Policies at Realtors® Conference

SAN DIEGO (November 12, 2015) – This evening, Federal Housing Administration Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ed Golding joined National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron on stage before a packed ballroom of Realtors® and industry experts to announce changes to … Continue reading

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5 Winter Home Improvement Projects for Less Than $1,000

Contributed by Howmuch.net It’s important to prepare a home for the cold weather ahead. And, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to do this. Following are winter home improvement projects that home owners can do for less … Continue reading

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