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How will the stimulus bill help real estate?
How will the stimulus bill help real estate?

The stimulus bill includes aid for state and local governments, new homeowners, small businesses and renters.

When Fannie met Freddie
When Fannie met Freddie

If Realtors, lenders and homebuyers are the stars of the real estate show, Fannie and Freddie are the unseen producers who bankroll the production from backstage.

Builder associations oppose carried interest tax reform
Builder associations oppose carried interest tax reform

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) opposes the change because it would raise taxes on the multifamily housing industry and on real estate investment partnerships.

First American launches real estate podcast
First American launches real estate podcast

The podcast, hosted by First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi and available on major podcasting platforms, offers insight on housing, affordability and related economic topics.

Biden moves to reverse Trump housing policy
Biden moves to reverse Trump housing policy

The order directs the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to reexamine Trump Administration changes to Obama-era fair housing rules.

New city portal tracks zoning appeals projects
New city portal tracks zoning appeals projects

It enables interested parties to conduct a quick search for all projects appealing a decision before the Zoning Board of Appeal.

DACA members now eligible for FHA loans
DACA members now eligible for FHA loans

CBC Mortgage Agency, a nationally chartered finance agency, applauded the decision, noting in a press release that 85% of individuals in the DACA program are Hispanic and account for over a third of CBCMA borrowers.

Budget bill eases zoning restrictions to spur development
Budget bill eases zoning restrictions to spur development

MAR also successfully urged Baker to veto “Right of First Refusal” portion of the bill, which would allow tenants of a building to have the first option to purchase the property.

Does your client know owning is cheaper than renting in most markets?
Does your client know owning is cheaper than renting in most markets?

Here’s a little tidbit that might help clients decide whether or not it’s time to buy their first home — it could save them some money.

MAR opposes eviction moratoria, rent control budget amendments
MAR opposes eviction moratoria, rent control budget amendments

MAR recently published an update on its legislative initiatives and noted that it is advocating on a number of budget amendments, several of which aim to impose sales taxes on homes.

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