Monthly Archives: May 2016

My Favorite Staging Accessory: Rugs

Styled Staged & Sold will be featuring staging professionals’ favorite staging accessories and props over the next few weeks. (Do you have a favorite? Submit your favorite for consideration to mtracey@realtors.org.) Photo credit: PJ & Company team in Irvington, NY … Continue reading

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Changes to Rural Housing Service Appraisal Requests

On May 18, 2016, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service published a final rule concerning Single Family Guaranteed Loan Program appraisal requests. The final rule authorizes servicers to directly obtain liquidation value appraisals after the expiration of … Continue reading

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Stage Your Home with Bing Crosby

  By Liz Bohm, guest contributor “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive,” an American Songbook classic, was written by Harold Arlen, with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, in 1944. First made popular by Bing Crosby in the movie “Here Come the Waves,” this flawlessly … Continue reading

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FHA Proposes Changes to Reverse Mortgage Program

On May 19, 2016, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) published a proposed rule concerning its Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program, Strengthening the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage Program (FR-5353-P-01). The proposed rule would: Codify previously implemented requirements; Make certain that … Continue reading

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Commercial lending hearing in Senate

On Thursday, May 19, the Senate Banking Committee held a hearing on "Improving Communities’ and Businesses’ Access to Capital and Economic Development."  One of the bills discussed at the hearing was H.R. 4620, the Preserving Access to CRE Capital Act … Continue reading

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Dept of Treasury Releases Report

In May 2016, the Department of Treasury released a white paper, Opportunities and Challenges in Online Marketplace Lending. The white paper was written in response to a request for information that came out last summer, to which NAR responded. There is … Continue reading

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My Favorite Staging Accessory: Mirrors

Styled Staged & Sold will be featuring staging professionals’ favorite staging accessories and props over the next few weeks. (Do you have a favorite? Submit your favorite for consideration to mtracey@realtors.org.) Photo credit: Karen Hakola, listing agent   Go-to prop: … Continue reading

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Realtors® Gather in Washington to Lay Groundwork for Future Policy Successes

WASHINGTON (May 10, 2016) — Thousands of Realtors® from across the nation are meeting with legislators, regulators and industry leaders this week to advance the issues critical to their businesses, communities and clients as the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade … Continue reading

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10 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value on a $200 to $2K Budget

Submitted by HowMuch.net Photo credit: GoodMood Photo – Fotolia.com Maintaining and increasing your home’s value can pay off in major ways. Not only does helping your home hold value help it sell for its full amount, it can also help … Continue reading

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New Lead Risk Reduction Credit

The EPA that the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Pilot Credit program has announced a newly available “Lead Risk Reduction Pilot Credit.”  Its intent is to reduce adverse health impacts and environmental … Continue reading

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