Monthly Archives: November 2016

How to Create a Warm, Inviting Winter Listing

By Patti Stern, PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating A Welcoming Curb Appeal Maintain a polished look by keeping gutters clean and shrubs trimmed. Be sure to also remove any hazards by shoveling, sanding, and removing any ice or … Continue reading

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Injunction Issued on Department of Labor Overtime Rule

On November 22, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a nationwide injunction prohibiting the Department of Labor’s (DOL) controversial overtime rule from going into effect as scheduled on December 1, 2016. The rule would have doubled … Continue reading

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Get Shopping! Black Friday Deals for the Home

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Are you looking for a bargain this Black Friday with home goods? Deals on household products and appliances are abundant this season. Need to add to your staging inventory or looking for that perfect … Continue reading

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FHA Fund Improves from 2015

On November 15, 2016, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) released its Annual Report to Congress and the FY2016 Actuarial Review of the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund Forward Loans.  The review shows that the Fund's capital reserve ratio has reached 2.32 … Continue reading

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Just-Released FHA Report Shows Fresh Opportunity to Make Homeownership More Affordable

WASHINGTON (November 15, 2016) — The Federal Housing Administration’s just released actuarial report shows that the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund is on a steady financial trajectory, a finding the National Association of Realtors® believes is an opportunity to make FHA’s low-down-payment … Continue reading

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Monday Minute – Week of November 14, 2016

Following their six-week recess, both the House and Senate reconvene this week for the lame duck session. NAR will be monitoring hearings of interest to REALTORS®. In the House, the House Financial Services Committee will examine the appraisal industry, review … Continue reading

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Home Trends to Watch: Adding the Bathtub Back In

Photo credit: Karen Eubank, Eubank Staging & Design By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine The National Association of Home Builders has in recent years pointed to a dwindling interest in whirlpools in the master bathroom, but that doesn’t mean home … Continue reading

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VA Requires Electronic Condo Documents

Effective as of November 3, 2016, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will only accept electronically submitted condominium documents when processing the approval of condominium projects. The relevant condominium association documents must be uploaded through Web LGY, the VA’s web-based … Continue reading

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The All White Room. It’s a Trap!

Photo Courtesy of Spade and Archer By Justin M. Riordan, Spade and Archer Design Agency So… you’ve been seeing all those great staging projects, magazine covers, and television living rooms that look so pretty because they are all white. White sofas … Continue reading

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As Flood Risk Threatens Properties, Realtors® Can Play Key Role Keeping Buyers and Sellers Informed

ORLANDO, Fla. (November 6, 2016) – Floods are widespread throughout the nation, with Hurricane Matthew and this summer’s flooding in Louisiana serving as the latest examples. Homebuyers need to be aware of the threat that flooding poses to their investment, … Continue reading

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