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  • Barn Doors Are a Stylish Space Saver June 30, 2020
    Barn Doors Are a Stylish Space Saver These sliding doors can free up to 14 square feet of usable floor space. By:  Melissa Dittmann Tracey Design Trends
  • 6 Ways to Improve Curb Appeal While Spending More Time at Home June 26, 2020
    6 Ways to Improve Curb Appeal While Spending More Time... Enhance the front stoop with this step-by-step guide.
  • Baby Got Back(yard)! Maximize Your Outdoor Space June 18, 2020
    Baby Got Back(yard)! Maximize Your Outdoor Space Here are some important considerations to make when planning your outdoor design. By:  Julea Joseph Working With Sellers, Design Trends
  • Make the Front Porch More Welcoming June 15, 2020
    Make the Front Porch More Welcoming This exterior feature is getting more attention amid the pandemic. Get inspiration for colorful, cozy front stoops. By:  Melissa Dittmann Tracey Design & Architecture
  • Designing the Perfect Pop-Up Office June 3, 2020
    Designing the Perfect Pop-Up Office Stage extra rooms as workspaces so buyers can see the flexibility of your listing. By:  Melissa Dittmann Tracey Working With Sellers, Staging, Design Trends
  • The Most Instaworthy Interior Style: Coastal Design May 27, 2020
    The Most Instaworthy Interior Style: Coastal Design Learn what makes aquatic décor so shareable on Instagram. By:  Melissa Dittmann Tracey Instagram for Real Estate Professionals, Design Trends
  • Concrete Slabs: From Drab to Fab May 22, 2020
    Concrete Slabs: From Drab to Fab As flooring in the backyard, concrete can still create an inviting outdoor oasis. By:  Melissa Dittmann Tracey Design Trends
  • These Home Improvements Matter Most to Young Adults May 14, 2020
    These Home Improvements Matter Most to Young Adults Millennials are looking for properties in move-in condition and want to avoid the expense of significant repairs. By:  Patti Stern Design & Architecture
  • 2020 Paint Color Trends That Buyers Will Love May 8, 2020
    2020 Paint Color Trends That Buyers Will Love Need some color inspiration? New survey shows the hottest paint colors of the year.
  • 5 Things I Learned From Being an HGTV Designer May 1, 2020
    5 Things I Learned From Being an HGTV Designer A behind-the-scenes look at how to maximize opportunities that can powerfully move your business forward. By:  Karen Post Staging
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  • Foster Stronger Appraiser Membership May 11, 2020
    How to grow and benefit from this vibrant segment of your association.
  • 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. 
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