Monthly Archives: February 2016

3 Surprising Paint Colors Home Owners Hate

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine  Home owners say they like color in their homes but they definitely have some hesitations in using it to decorate their spaces, according to a new survey by Better Homes and Gardens of nearly … Continue reading

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Hearing on CRE lending regulations

On Wednesday, February 24, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises held a hearing on "The Impact of the Dodd-Frank Act and Basel III on the Fixed Income Market and Securitizations."  During the hearing, subcommittee … Continue reading

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FASB Issues New Lease Accounting Standard

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) released the final version of its updated lease accounting standards. The standards have been under revision for several years, and this week's document is the culmination of a great deal of work by the … Continue reading

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President Signs Internet Tax Ban

On February 24, 2016, President Obama signed into law a trade and customs bill (H.R. 644) that includes a provision permanently banning state and local taxes on Internet access. The provision, known as the Internet Tax Freedom Act, has long … Continue reading

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Design Trends to Watch in 2016

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine What are the hot trends to look out for in 2016 in home design? Here are a few predictions from the remodeling and design site Houzz on some of the big trends to expect. … Continue reading

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FY17 Budget Funds Conservation Programs

On February 9, 2016, President Obama released his budget for the 2017 fiscal year, which begins on October 1. Below are highlights of the budget proposal related to energy and environmental issues: The budget included the president's latest call for … Continue reading

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2016 Colors of the Year: Soften Up Your Staging Hues

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine  Think pink for 2016. Pantone voted two colors — Rose Quartz and Serenity — as this year’s colors of the year, a nod to softer color tones that are expected to gain popularity all … Continue reading

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NAR Testifies on Veterans Housing

On Feb. 10, NAR 2016 Vice President Sherri Meadows testified before the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity at a hearing entitled, "A Review of VA's Loan Guaranty and Specially Adaptive Housing Grant Programs (SAH)."  The testimony focused on … Continue reading

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House Passes VA Loan Bill

Last week the House of Representatives passed legislation which included a provision to eliminate the cap on VA loan limits.  The bill, H.R. 3016, “Veterans Employment, Education, and Healthcare Improvement Act”, sponsored by Rep. Wenstrup (R-OH), included an amendment added … Continue reading

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NAR Joins Partners on FASB Letter

NAR, along with several other real estate industry partners, sent a letter to the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) requesting an exemption for private companies to comply with the new lease accounting standards. The new lease accounting standards will come … Continue reading

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