Tuesday, August 3, 2010

August 4, 2010 Luncheon: The Candidates Speak

If you weren't able to make it to our monthly membership luncheon today, you're in luck: You can catch up on what the candidates had to say by clicking through the videos below (use the arrows on the right and left to navigate).

Don't forget, the Elections run August 9 through August 23 -- keep an eye on  your e-mail the morning of August 9 for your login info, and cast your vote for the future of the GRRA!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

LDO Changes discussed at Brown Bag

Representatives from the City of Greensboro's planning department joined us on Thursday to talk about the changes in the city's Land Development Ordinance. If you missed it, catch up with the Powerpoint below!LDO Changes

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Greensboro among Money's 'hot metro areas'

The August issue of CNN's Money Magazine is out, and it has some good news for Greensboro: Our city was given the highest rating among nationwide 'hot' metro areas, a conclusion derived from the strength of a city's housing market and economy.

Read more about how cities were scored in the link below.

Click here to view the map (.pdf)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Forms Guy weighs in on Offer to Purchase

Revisions to Offer to Purchase and Contract

by Will Martin
NCAR General Counsel

Courtesy: Insight Magazine, the
North Carolina Association of REALTORS®

Dear Forms Guy: I’ve just been told that the Offer to Purchase and Contract has been completely rewritten. Is it so? Sincerely, Lumpy

Dear Lumpy: It’s true that significant changes to the Offer to Purchase and Contract (form 2-T) were recently approved by the NC Association of REALTORS® and the NC Bar Association, but the form hasn’t been completely rewritten. A great deal of the content of the current form (copyright July 2008) has been carried forward into the new form. The organization of the current form has also been significantly changed to group-related provisions in a more logical way. For example, defined terms are grouped together in a new “Terms and Definitions” paragraph at the beginning of the new form, and buyer and seller representations and obligations are grouped together in paragraphs 5 through 8. Sincerely, Forms Guy

Lumpy: What are the big changes?

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Homebuyer Tax Credit closing deadline, flood insurance: Crucial extensions PASSED!

After a close brush with the deadline, Congress has passed an extension of the Homebuyer Tax Credit closing deadline, the Homebuyer Assistance and Improvement Act (H.R. 5623). The extension applies only to transactions that have ratified contracts in place as of April 30, 2010 that have not yet closed. The legislation is designed to create a seamless extension the new closing deadline for eligible transactions is now September 30, 2010. There is will be no gap between June 30 and the date the President signs the bill into law.

NAR worked closely with Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle to enact this important legislation. Extending the Tax Credit Closing deadline will help provide additional stability to real estate markets across the nation.

For additional information on the extension visit www.realtor.org/government_affairs

Additionally, the United States Senate has passed the National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act of 2010 (H.R. 5569) an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program until September 30, 2010. This will allow transactions to move forward. The bill is retroactive and covers the lapse period from June 1, 2010 to the date of enactment of the extension.

For more information on the flood insurance program visit www.realtor.org/government_affairs

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Lead-Based Paint Rules: Enforcement delayed until fall

The Wall Street Journal is reporting important news out of the EPA about the new Lead-Based Paint standards for property owners (see the brief at the end of this page):
The Environmental Protection Agency decided to delay enforcing a new lead-paint regulation following pressure from home builders and members of Congress ... The rule would require contractors who work in older homes to become certified by a government-approved trainer and follow a series of safety precautions.
The EPA will delay taking action against contractors who haven't yet completed their training, putting off enforcement until Oct. 1.

The National Association of Home Builders has more:
In revised guidance released on Friday, EPA acknowledged that remodelers in many parts of the country have been unable to obtain the required training to comply with the rule – a problem that NAHB has urged the agency to solve since the rule was announced two years ago...The issue came to a head in May after floods devastated parts of Tennessee and there weren’t enough certified remodelers to complete much-needed home repairs. NAHB and its state home builders association proposed a delay in enforcing the rule -- a decision EPA consented to in its letter on Friday.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

NCAR Legislative Day

This week marked NCAR's 2010 Legislative Meetings, which culminated on Wednesday when REALTORS
® from around the state
visited their representatives at their offices. Greensboro had a strong showing, with a group of GRRA leaders visiting the offices of Sens. Phil Berger and Katie Dorsett, and Reps. Earl Jones, Maggie Jeffus, Pricey Harrison, John Blust and Alma Adams.

(See more photos at the GRRA Facebook Page)

Here are a few topics they discussed: