Monthly Archives: August 2016

Commercial Real Estate Market Trends Update: August 2016

George Ratiu, Director of Quantitative and Commercial Research, and Stephanie Spear, Commercial Regulatory Policy Representative, provide an update on the commercial real estate market trends for the 2nd Quarter. Go to Source The Iwaniw Team Residential Marketing Specialists @Avalar Atlantic … Continue reading

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Subway Tile Makes a Comeback in Kitchens, Baths

Photo credit: Karen Eubank, Eubank Staging & Design By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Glassy subway tile is nothing new, but it’s coming back stronger in kitchens and bathroom remodels in whites or bolder geometric patterns. “It’s classic, and a … Continue reading

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Existing FHA Condo Rules Extended

On August 24, 2016 HUD extended their existing temporary guidance on condos, without the changes brought about in HR 3700. HUD continues to work on the regulatory guidance to implement the new law, but their existing guidance was set to … Continue reading

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Master Bathroom Remodels Are Going High-Tech

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Home owners are increasingly investing to create luxurious, modernized master baths, according to the 2016 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Survey of more than 2,100 home owners who are planning or recently completed a bathroom … Continue reading

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NAR Comments on PACE Guidelines

This week NAR submitted comments on Federal Housing Administration's (FHA) changes to the treatment of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans. This new guidance, which goes into effect immediately, states that PACE loans will remain in a subordinated position on … Continue reading

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Commercial Regulatory Update: NAR Meets With Banking Group

Rod J. Alba, Sr. Vice President, Mortgage Finance & Senior Regulatory Counsel of the American Bankers Association, sits down with Stephanie Spear, NAR Commercial Regulatory Policy Representative, to talk about common issues facing ABA and NAR members. Hear about what … Continue reading

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5 Kitchen Design Trends to Take From Model Homes

The model homes of builders are known for showcasing the latest interior design trends in trying to appeal to home shoppers. So what’s trending when it comes to the kitchen? PulteGroup’s Interior Designs Team is merchandising about 425 model homes … Continue reading

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Administration Announces Internet of Things Inquiry

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced that it will launch a multistakeholder process to explore Internet of Things (IOT) security and upgradeability this fall. IOT is the concept of basically connecting any device with an … Continue reading

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HUD Single Family Property Disposition Rule

On August 11, 2016, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a final rule on HUD's Single Family Property Disposition Program, which oversees the management and sale of HUD real estate-owned (REO) properties. Under the rule, the listing … Continue reading

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Follow NAR’s Government Affairs on Twitter

NAR’s Government Affairs division has created its own twitter handle – @NARGovtAffairs – to keep REALTORS® apprised of the legislative and regulatory happenings in Washington. Learn about the latest developments with Congress and the Administration, the key issues NAR is … Continue reading

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