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April Membership Breakfast
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 | 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act

On March 21, 2014, President Obama signed the "Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act" into law. This law repeals FEMA’s authority to increase premium rates at time of sale or new flood map, and refunds the excessive premium to those who bought a property before FEMA warned them of the rate increase. 

Congratulations to the 2013 Professional Achievers Circle!

The Bartow Area Board of REALTORS® recognized the 2013 Professional Achievers Circle at a luncheon on Wednesday, March 18th. The Banquet was held at the Cartersville Country Club. PAC recipients were recognized, along with all of the special category awards. Congratulations to all of 2013's best!

FHA Dual Agency Remains Permissible

Communications from lenders such as Bank of America saying dual agency isn't allowed for FHA short sales are incorrect. HUD has delayed its plan to prohibit dual agency on FHA short sales and is working with NAR to develop a policy that addresses NAR's concerns over the impact such a prohibition would have on communities. Currently, dual agency is allowed in short sale transactions with FHA. For more information, contact Sarah Young, 202.383.1233.

The Economic Impact of an Existing Home Purchase
The National Association of REALTORS® estimates that each home sale at the median generates $68,106 of economic impact (2013).
The Jobs Impact of an Existing Home Purchase
The National Association of REALTORS® estimates that one job is generated or supported for every two home sales. Using that ratio, 1,000 home sales generate 500 jobs.
NAR Opposes Tax Reform Draft

Earlier this week, House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released his long-awaited plan to reform the federal tax system.

GAR Legislative Day Updates

What did your visits to the state capitol accomplish?

Top 10 Tips for Identity Theft Prevention
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Identity theft is a serious and costly crime. People whose identities have been stolen can spend months or years cleaning up the mess thieves have made of their good name and credit record. In the meantime, victims may lose job opportunities, be refused loans, housing or cars, or even get arrested for crimes they didn't commit.

Home, Safe Home: Tips for Securing Your Home
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Many real estate professionals have home offices. Whether you work at home or not, you might want to consider additional steps to secure your home. Burglars usually leave if they can’t break in within ninety seconds. Anything that slows down a thief by even a minute or two can keep your house from being robbed.

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