Monthly Archives: January 2016

Design Tricks to Transform a Family Room with Wood Paneling

By Charlene Storozuk, guest contributor As a home stager, sometimes you have to work with what you’ve got. Photo credit: Charlene Storozuk,DEZIGNER DIGZ I was given free rein in this family room with one exception: The husband insisted that the … Continue reading

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WOTUS Override Vote Fails

This week saw significant activity related to the Waters of the U.S. rule, also known as WOTUS. On Friday, January 15, President Obama vetoed the Resolution of Disapproval that was passed by Congress.  This resolution was passed under the authority … Continue reading

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4 Ways to Help a Home Seller Tackle Clutter

By Tori Toth One of the most cost-effective ways to prepare a home for sale is to organize it, but I know for many home sellers it’s no easy task. It’s important to contain and, in fact, erase clutter for … Continue reading

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FHFA Finalizes Home Loan Bank Rule

On January 12, 2016, The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) finalized the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) Membership rule.  NAR had written in support of an expanded, ongoing mortgage asset test, however, FHFA determined that 98% of FHLB members met … Continue reading

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FIRTPA Bill Takes First Step

The recently-enacted Protecting American Taxpayers from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act (H.R. 2029, P.L. 114-113) includes two NAR-supported provisions affecting the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA) that are estimated to boost significantly foreign investment in U.S. commercial real … Continue reading

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NAR & Treasury Meet About Anti-Money Laundering Efforts

In an effort to combat money laundering in the real estate sector, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) at the Treasury Department issued a Geographic Targeting Order (GTO) that will temporarily require certain U.S. title insurance companies to identify the … Continue reading

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4 Ways to Help a Home Seller Tackle Clutter

By Tori Toth One of the most cost-effective ways to prepare a home for sale is to organize it, but I know for many home sellers it’s no easy task. It’s important to contain and, in fact, erase clutter for … Continue reading

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Research Released on Wildfire Damage

The Wildland-Urban Interface (aka, the WUI) are areas across the country where the built environment bumps up against forested areas.  The WUI zone, which contains 46 million single family homes, several hundred thousands of businesses and a population of more … Continue reading

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The New Kitchen Finish: Black Stainless

Photo Credit: KitchenAid By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR Magazine Among all the tech hype at CES 2016 this week, appliance manufacturers are showing off their latest high-tech, super energy efficient models. But they’re also doing it under a new finish: … Continue reading

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Infographic: How to Bring the Outdoors Indoors

Bringing the Outdoors Indoors by The Rug Seller Go to Source The Iwaniw Team Residential Marketing Specialists @Avalar Atlantic Properties Direct: 856-318-9098 Cell: 856-404-5635 http://www.iwaniw.com/ Like Us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SNJHomes

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