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  • Sheltering in Place? Keep Your Business Humming with the Perfect Home Office March 19, 2020
    Sheltering in Place? Keep Your Business Humming with... As more companies invoke telecommuting policies during the coronavirus crisis, the home office may be growing in importance. By:  Melissa Dittmann Tracey Coronavirus
  • Kitchen Pantries You'll Envy March 12, 2020
    Kitchen Pantries You'll Envy Organizing a pantry can make it feel like the entire kitchen received an upgrade. Here are some ways to get a more stylish food storage space. By:  Melissa Dittmann Tracey Design Trends, Kitchen & Bath
  • Hot Home Trend: The Kitchen Blues March 6, 2020
    Hot Home Trend: The Kitchen Blues Get color inspiration for this all-important part of the home from these photos. By:  Melissa Dittmann Tracey Design Trends, Kitchen & Bath
  • 8 Tips To Make Your Listing Picture Perfect February 27, 2020
    8 Tips To Make Your Listing Picture Perfect Buyers get their first impression of a home from property photos, so stage for the shoot. Working With Sellers, Staging
  • 3 Ways to Design the Perfect Kitchen Island February 18, 2020
    3 Ways to Design the Perfect Kitchen Island How remodelers are giving this kitchen staple an update. By:  Melissa Dittmann Tracey Remodeling, Design & Architecture, Kitchen & Bath
  • Stage a Space as a Calming Retreat February 13, 2020
    Stage a Space as a Calming Retreat Create a Zen environment that channels nature and follows the "mindful living" trend. By:  Melissa Dittmann Tracey Staging, Design Trends
  • Add Some Bling to Your Decor February 6, 2020
    Add Some Bling to Your Decor Rich metal accents are helping home design shine. By:  Melissa Dittmann Tracey Design Trends, Kitchen & Bath
  • 6 Home Design Fads That Are Fading January 30, 2020
    6 Home Design Fads That Are Fading These trends were all the rage in the 2010s, but now designers say they want to leave them in the past. By:  Melissa Dittmann Tracey Design Trends
  • 'Japandi Minimalist Style' and Other Global Design Trends to Watch January 23, 2020
    'Japandi Minimalist Style' and Other Global... Could these international home trends be the next big thing in the U.S.? By:  Melissa Dittmann Tracey Design Trends
  • 10 Trending Design Fads for 2020 January 16, 2020
    10 Trending Design Fads for 2020 Dining rooms with personality? Tiled bathtub aprons? Houzz offers its picks for the hottest trends to watch throughout the year. By:  Melissa Dittmann Tracey Design Trends
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  • FHFA Directs Fannie and Freddie to Allow Appraisal Alternatives March 23, 2020
    FHFA directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to allow the use of appraisal alternatives to reduce the need for appraisers to conduct interior property inspections for eligible mortgages through May 17, 2020.
  • NAR's Advocacy Work Towards COVID-19 Relief March 21, 2020
    The National Association of REALTORS® has been responding to a flurry of legislative activity aimed at providing economic relief from COVID-19. NAR is committed to ensuring that lawmakers continue to take into consideration the real estate industry, including independent contractors and small business owners.
  • AQB Proposes Update to Appraiser Criteria January 9, 2020
    The Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) released proposed changes to the Appraiser Qualification Criteria.
  • NAR Testifies on USPAP November 19, 2019
    On October 11, 2019, NAR provided comments on the Appraisal Standards Board's (ASB) concept paper reforming the evaluation standards in USPAP.
  • Agencies Increase Residential Appraisal Threshold September 27, 2019
    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (collectively “the Agencies”) adopted a final rule increasing the threshold for requiring an appraisal in residential real estate transactions from $250,000 to $400,000.
  • Appraisal Foundation Seeks Comment on Evaluations September 6, 2019
    The Foundation's Appraisal Standards Board (ASB) is seeking input on whether USPAP should address standards for evaluations, and if so, how to differentiate that from appraisals.
  • NCUA Increases Commercial Appraisal Threshold July 22, 2019
    The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board a final rule increasing the threshold below which appraisals are not required for commercial real estate transactions from $250,000 to $1,000,000.
  • North Dakota Appraisal Requirement Waiver Decision July 11, 2019
    The Board of the Appraisal Subcommittee held a public meeting to determine action on a waiver of appraiser credentialing requirements for federally related transactions under $500,000 for 1-to-4 family residential real estate transactions and under $1,000,000 for agricultural and commercial real estate transactions throughout the State of North Dakota for a period of not less than […]
  • NAR Policy is All About Appraiser Independence June 17, 2019
    The chair and co-chair of NAR’s Real Property Valuation Committee made a few remarks on video about NAR’s appraiser independence policy last week during the 2018 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings in Washington. 
  • North Dakota Appraisal Requirement Waiver Request May 31, 2019
    Comments on the North Dakota's request for a waiver of appraiser credentialing requirements must be received by the Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC) of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) on or before July 1, 2019.
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