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FEMA Issues New Flood Insurance Manual

Home Ownership Matters - 11 hours 44 min ago

FEMA has updated THE manual which insurance companies use to write flood insurance policies.  The comprehensive manual provides answers to just about any question a REALTOR® or REALTOR® Association staffer may have regarding flood insurance, ranging from how condos are treated to rate tables as revised by the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act enacted earlier this year.

Prior to releasing the new Manual, FEMA issued a series of a NFIP iService Bulletins which are supplemental to the October 1st manual. Presented in one place, these are the key insurance... Read More

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Elimination of FHA “Prepayment Penalty”

Home Ownership Matters - 11 hours 44 min ago

On August 26, 2014, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) issued its final rule to eliminate post-payment interest charges on FHA-insured single family mortgages.  NAR has urged FHA and Ginnie Mae to remove this prepayment penalty for years as the policy placed an unreasonable burden on consumers who already face high housing and closing costs.  Conventional loans, as well as loans from the Veterans Administration’s Loan Guaranty Program and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service loan program, do not have post-payment interest charges.  The... Read More

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Read This Before You Strip Paint From Wood

This Old House - 20 hours 10 min ago
Finding out which method to use, and how to contain the debris, makes a messy job cleaner, safer, and more effective
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Economists Grow More Optimistic About Housing’s Outlook

Daily Real Estate News - 22 hours 10 min ago

Find out the main reason economists are changing their tune about housing as they paint a more rosy picture for next year. 

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Mortgage Rates Hold at Yearly Low This Week

Daily Real Estate News - 22 hours 10 min ago

Home shoppers and home owners have another week to possibly snag the lowest mortgage rate of the year. 

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Home Owners Have Big Interior Design Plans

Daily Real Estate News - 22 hours 10 min ago

Only 2 percent of more than 1,700 home owners recently surveyed say they have achieved their design vision for their homes. Find out what’s...

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Fannie Mae to Sell Its Iconic Headquarters

Daily Real Estate News - 22 hours 10 min ago

“We are focused on making responsible real estate decisions to ensure the wise use of resources, the safety and soundness of operations, and...

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NAHB: Apartment, Condo Market Continues to Strengthen

Daily Real Estate News - 22 hours 10 min ago

The sector has shown steady growth since 2011, and strong demand is expected to continue for the foreseeable future, according to the builders...

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6 Signs Your Clients Are Ready to Invest

Daily Real Estate News - 22 hours 10 min ago

Are your clients looking to build their portfolio with investment properties? Help potential investors decide if now is the right time jump into...

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11 of Your Most Crazy-Making Paint-Color Questions Answered!

This Old House - Thu, 2014-08-28 02:05
Don't throw in the drop cloth quite yet. We've queried pros far and wide to home in on useful color choice advice
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Pending Home Sales Up in Nearly All Regions

Daily Real Estate News - Thu, 2014-08-28 00:00

Pending home sales mostly increased across the country during the month of July. Find out which region saw the largest gains in contract activity...

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65% of Markets See Moderate Home Prices

Daily Real Estate News - Thu, 2014-08-28 00:00

While home prices were up 3 percent month-over-month in the latest report, the national increase is masking what’s really going on in the...

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Gov't Announces Partnership to Lower Mortgages of Military

Daily Real Estate News - Thu, 2014-08-28 00:00

The Obama Administration announced a new agreement this week with five of the nation’s largest banks aimed at helping active-duty military...

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More Households Optimistic About Home Prices, Finances

Daily Real Estate News - Thu, 2014-08-28 00:00

The majority of households believe home prices will be on the rise within the next 12 months, according to the Federal Reserve.

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Is Your Greatest Fear Losing Your Phone?

Daily Real Estate News - Thu, 2014-08-28 00:00

You may not realize how closely tied you are to your smartphone until you lose it. Scientists urge people to take steps to protect their phone now...

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Create a Leaf-Green Living Room

This Old House - Wed, 2014-08-27 02:05
A botanically based color scheme accented with silver creates a soothing, sophisticated gathering spot
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Suburbanites Are Happiest, Poll Finds

Daily Real Estate News - Wed, 2014-08-27 00:00

City centers and downtowns may be growing in demand among millennials and retiring baby boomers, but a new poll says residents are still happiest...

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3 Tricks for Finding the Perfect Asking Price

Daily Real Estate News - Wed, 2014-08-27 00:00

Determining the right asking price that will generate the best offers involves psychological reasons as much as practical reasons.

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HUD Tells NAR: Housing Counseling Is Top Priority

Daily Real Estate News - Wed, 2014-08-27 00:00

At an event with NAR, HUD Secretary Julian Castro said that there’s a growing need for agencies that offer housing counseling to help people...

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This Year's 10 Good Neighbor Awards Finalists

Daily Real Estate News - Wed, 2014-08-27 00:00

Get inspired by the heartfelt stories of these 10 REALTORS®, whose selfless acts of kindness have propelled them to be finalists for REALTOR...

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