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Watch the FHA Condo Rule Facebook Live: 9/26

September 20, 2019

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is expected to release new Federal Housing Authority (FHA) condominium financing policies on October 15, 2019. The new rules should benefit your real estate clients and customers by allowing more buyers to obtain low down-payment mortgages on affordable housing options. Join the NAR FHA Condo Rule Facebook […]

You’re Invited: Learn About the Plan to Address the Unmet Housing Needs in Loudoun County, 10/2, 9:30AM

September 20, 2019

We all know about the increased need for housing in Loudoun County. What you might not know is that the County is working to address this issue. Join us on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, when the DAAR Government Affairs Committee meets with Loudoun County officials to discuss development of a strategic plan to address the […]

GSE Reform Proposal Unveiled

September 11, 2019

On September 5, 2019, the White House released a proposal to reform the nation’s housing finance system and privatize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The recommendations, if implemented, will impact operations of the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSE) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). While the plan involves potential administrative, regulatory, and legislative […]

New FHA Condo Rule Expected to Yield Thousands of New Homeownership Opportunities

August 14, 2019

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is expected to release new Federal Housing Authority (FHA) condominium financing policies. The new rules should benefit your real estate clients and customers by allowing more buyers to obtain low down-payment mortgages on affordable housing options. Specifically, the rule will extend certifications from two years to three, […]

Sometimes You Have to Say No

August 14, 2019

  Bad bills, aka pieces of legislation, pop up regularly. Listen to the latest Real Politics Podcast from the Virginia REALTORS® to find out what happens when they are introduced and what we do to fight bills that don’t benefit members. Click to hear the Bad Bills Real Politics Podcast.

You’re Invited: Learn What Happens Inside the U.S. House of Representatives, 9/13, 9:30AM

August 6, 2019

Are you interested in understanding how federal laws impact your real estate business? Join us on Friday, September 13, 2019, for a discussion with our Northern Virginia Congressional delegation about issues such as health care reform, transportation infrastructure, and the National Flood Insurance Program. Bring your questions!The Town Hall is free but pre-registration is required. Light […]

Are You Using Your Listing Photos Legally? Learn How to Protect Your Agents from Copyright Violations.

July 24, 2019

Listing photos are a key piece of your agents’ marketing plans. They’re so important that a lot of agents will hire a professional photographer to capture the features of the listing in all the right ways. Posting the pictures that a photographer has taken isn’t always as straightforward or simple as one might think. It […]

USDA Makes Changes to its Single-Family Housing Loan Programs

July 18, 2019

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service (RHS) loan programs enable people who live in rural areas and small towns to obtain safe, affordable housing. The following changes to the guaranteed and direct single-family loan programs will go into effect this summer: Revise the definition of very low-, low-, and moderate-income to allow for […]

Effective July 1, 2019, Unlicensed Assistants Can Either be Employees OR Independent Contractors

June 28, 2019

If you think this is a new law, you are right. July 1st marks the enactment of this and other new laws in Virginia. While the 2019 General Assembly Session ended in February, there was still some back and forth between the Governor and legislators through early May. This year’s legislative changes covered several areas […]

Loudoun County Short-Term Rental Registration Opens July 1, 2019: Real Estate Licensees Exempt

June 27, 2019

Many operators of short-term residential rental property in Loudoun County are required to register their rental property every year with the county. Real estate licensees and people represented by a real estate licensee are exempted from the registration process. A short-term residential rental is “the provision of a room or space that is suitable or […]