Happiness Is…. Home Remodeling; Don�t Count Out Millennials

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DECEMBER 17, 2015



DECEMBER 17, 2015


FEATURED STORY


Happiness Is….A Completed
Home Remodeling Project

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Nearly two-thirds of homeowners say they enjoy their home more after completing a remodeling project, and three-quarters felt a major sense of accomplishment, according to a new NAR study on why owners remodel. Read the report here. Then share this infographic with consumers on Instagram and Twitter.



Don’t Count Out Millennials

NAR’s first quarterly consumer survey says nearly all young renters want to buy a home.


Scammers Target Industry

Agents are getting hit with email scams targeting end-of-year sales transactions. Spot them.



New High-Cost Counties Set

Conforming loan limits will hold in 2016. But 39 counties shifted to the high-cost area list.







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RESEARCH & STATISTICS

Home Remodeling Makes Owners Smile
Nearly two-thirds of homeowners say they enjoy their home more after completing a remodeling project, and three-quarters felt a major sense of accomplishment when the project was complete, according to a new NAR study digging into why homeowners remodel. Read the full report.

See Highlights of NAR Remodeling Report
See the highlights of NAR’s new home remodeling report in this infographic. Then share it with consumers on Instagram and Twitter.

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LEGAL

Association Arbitration Award Affirmed
A Maine court has upheld an association’s arbitration award. The court rejected a challenger’s argument that the award should be overturned because the panel had failed to make findings of fact or conclusions of law.


No Death Knell for Real Estate Signs


A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on a Gilbert, Ariz., sign ordinance is
unlikely to lead to more efforts by local governments to curb open house and other real estate signs, says NAR Associate General Counsel Ralph Holmen. Read Holmen’s analysis now.

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LEGISLATIVE & REGULATORY

Loan Limits Hold; High-Cost Areas Grow
The 2016 national conforming loan limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will remain at $417,000, and 39 additional counties were added as high-cost areas. That designation raises the limit in the most costly of those counties to $625,500. Find out if your county’s limits changed.

G-Fees Out of 5-Year Transport Package
President Obama has signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. Good news: The final law doesn’t include a provision that uses the GSE’s guarantee fees as a financing mechanism.

Condo Bill Clears House Committee
A House committee has passed legislation NAR has been pushing for three years. The bill will ease onerous restrictions on condos. Read more.

Data Security Bill Moves Forward
The House Financial Services Committee has approved the Data Security Act of 2015. Find out why NAR has expressed concerns with the bill.

MORE…NAR Offers Fix to Rural Credit Designation
No Changes to FHA 2016 Loan Limits

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