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The Voice for Actual Property: September 3, 2019

New condominium guidelines championed by NAR will open doorways for homebuyers all throughout America.

Innovation, Alternative & Funding – we’ll carry you to NAR’s iOi Summit.

And an enormous step by NAR – to battle starvation!

These tales and extra – on The Voice for Actual Property.

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Hello, I am Stephen Gasque, with the Nationwide Affiliation of REALTORS®.

Prepare for a giant change in the way in which the FHA handles mortgages for condominiums!

The USA Division of Housing and City Growth has finalized new guidelines for Federal Housing Administration condominium loans.

Beginning in mid-October, lenders ought to have the ability to make many extra FHA-insured condominium loans – which implies extra folks can expertise the American Dream.

It’s particularly vital for first-time patrons, as a result of, very often, condos are extra inexpensive than single-family properties. And the FHA backed mortgages can be found with a down fee as little as three-and-a-half % (3.5%).

However getting an FHA-backed dwelling mortgage for a condominium has been riddled with crimson tape. Now, extra patrons, and extra condominium associations, can be authorised for FHA-backed mortgage financing.

JOHN SMABY: This isn’t solely good for patrons. It’s good for sellers, it’s good for affordability and, actually, it’s crucial in, let’s name it the housing chain, throughout America.

Underneath the brand new guidelines, FHA certifications on condominium developments can be prolonged from two to a few years.

Single-unit mortgage, or spot, approvals can even be allowed.

And HUD will enable extra flexibility within the ratio of buyers to owner-occupants in condominium buildings.

MEGAN BOOTH: The brand new guidelines had been revealed on August 14 and go into impact on October 14. We predict it’s an important begin and may enable much more FHA patrons entry to condominiums, however there’s at all times room for enchancment.

We’ll be working with HUD on a pair tweaks to this system – for instance, with the spot mortgage approvals, what they name single-unit approval, we’d prefer to see a bit of extra flexibility on how models may be authorised. We’ll be engaged on that.

There’s additionally a difficulty with FHA focus. HUD places a restrict on what number of models can have FHA financing, we might wish to work with them a bit of bit with the language round that.


NAR’s second annual Innovation, Alternative and Funding Summit united greater than 500 actual property professionals and tech entrepreneurs in Seattle. The objective? Collaboration, networking, and alter management.

One of many largest highlights was the Shark Tank-style pitch battle. Hundreds watched over livestream and in particular person as 14 know-how start-ups pitched their merchandise to buyers.

Curbio was topped the winner, taking dwelling a $15,000 prize. The Maryland-based firm supplies renovations designed to get a house prepared on the market – initiatives which can be paid off at closing.

RIKKI ROGERS: Yearly, owners give away billions of {dollars} in fairness as a result of they resolve to place their properties available on the market with out renovating first. We let each home-owner flip their very own property and money in on their most vital asset.

The iOi Summit capped off with Management Dwell, the place members of NAR’s Management Staff mentioned actual property, know-how, and the long run…and offered insights on the place the business is headed.

VINCE MALTA: REALTORS® are important with our shoppers, and I believe that every one these firms demonstrated that right here at iOi.

KITTY WALLACE: We’ve got to get outdoors of our consolation zone and embrace the change. So attending one thing like this, and Bob thanks a lot, I’m going to smile once I write my dues test. As a result of understanding that the Nationwide Affiliation of REALTORS® has put one thing like this on is unimaginable.

We hope to see you at subsequent yr’s occasion for extra innovation, alternative, and funding insights.


Excellent news for dwelling gross sales! In July, existing-home gross sales rose by 2.5% month over month and 0.6% yr over yr – a really optimistic improvement.

We requested NAR’s Jessica Lautz what impact, if any, latest inventory market turmoil was having on the housing market.

JESSICA LAUTZ: Uncertainty out there might create issues as folks really feel assured about their dwelling buy, particularly should you’re having a tough time buying that dwelling as a result of you possibly can’t even discover one due to low stock out there.


Additionally, a brand new dedication to battle starvation introduced throughout NAR’s Annual Management Summit in Chicago.

Any longer, the additional meals at NAR occasions and conferences can be donated to the hungry. Will probably be verified to be protected, collected, and distributed by the Meals Restoration Community, which helps companies and universities get well surplus meals for these in want.

At NAR’s Management Summit in August, CEO Bob Goldberg requested state and native associations to hitch within the effort.

BOB GOLDBERG: I’m going to ask everyone, if you wish to take part, the place you’ve got alternatives with extra meals, to present it to hungry folks in your communities. I’m going to ask you to carry up your telephones and textual content 52886, once more 52886. What that quantity will do, and we’ll see up on the map right here in a second – all of the areas which have chosen to take up this pledge with us.

Now it is your flip to take the pledge. You may be a part of the Meals Restoration Community’s efforts – and multiply all this good work.

And that’s our present for the week of September 2nd.

You will discover extra about every little thing we talked about at present at

Now on our subsequent present, we’ll have particular protection about how one can attend the most important, most action-packed actual property occasion within the nation. The REALTORS® Convention & Expo. And it’s taking place Nov. eighth to eleventh in San Francisco. We hope to see you there.

Till then, thanks for becoming a member of us, and we hope to see you once more quickly, as we carry you the newest information on The Voice for Actual Property®.

Dropped at you by the Nationwide Affiliation of REALTORS®, your advocate for housing and property rights in Washington, throughout America, and in your neighborhood.

That is The Voice for Actual Property®.

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