Monthly Archives: January 2017

10 Budget-Friendly Home Improvements for This Winter

Photo courtesy Fixr.net Article Submitted by Fixr.com While a lot of people use the New Year as a way to make improvements to their health or personal life, this is also a great time of year to make improvements to … Continue reading

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NAR Comments on NFIP Reform Principles

This week, NAR formally weighed in with the House Financial Services Committee on principles released late last year for the reform of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The NFIP is up for reauthorization on Sept. 30 of this year, … Continue reading

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FHA Suspends Mortgage Insurance Premium Reduction

On Friday Jan. 20, 2017 the Trump Administration ordered a freeze on new and pending regulations. The recent 25 basis point reduction to the Federal Housing Administration Annual Mortgage Insurance Premiums was included under this freeze. It has been suspended … Continue reading

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The Number One Design Style for 2017 Is …

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine The Modern Farmhouse is on trend in home design this year, according to a newly released survey by Next Day Blinds. We may have Joanna and Chip Gaines from the HGTV hit show “Fixer … Continue reading

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Supreme Court to Hear WOTUS Case

The Supreme Court has agreed to take up the dispute over which lower courts have jurisdiction to hear challenges to the Obama administration's Clean Water Rule. The Court will reconsider the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to hear legal … Continue reading

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5 Staging Props You Need to Stop Using … Now!

By Justin M. Riordan, Spade and Archer Design Agency There is good staging. There is bad staging. I mean, like really bad staging. In an industry with no regulations, no standardized accreditation system, and tons of “hobbyist professionals”, one gets … Continue reading

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Under New Congress, NAR Keeps Focus on You

REALTORS® are gearing up for what is expected to be a busy first three months of the legislative season as a new Congress and new Administration tackle a number of priorities that affect real estate, including tax reform, the Affordable … Continue reading

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NAR Endorses Dr. Ben Carson

On Thursday, January 12th, Dr. Ben Carson testified before the Senate Banking Committee as the nominee for the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. During the hearing, Dr. Carson defended the critical role of the FHA mortgage … Continue reading

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FHA Lowers Premiums

On January 9, 2017, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced it would reduce FHA annual mortgage insurance premiums (MIP) by 25 basis points.  This reduction is a victory for the National Association of REALTORS® whose members have called for lower … Continue reading

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HUD Floodplain Elevation Standard

On October 28, 2016, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed to raise its standards for FHA insurance in high risk flood zones. Currently new homes must be built to the 100-year or base flood elevation (BFE) but … Continue reading

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