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What is my BFE

What Is My BFE and What Does It Mean for My Home?

National
What is the likelihood that you could experience dramatic flooding from storm surges or rising sea levels? Do you know? If you live near a body of water, then you need to ask, "What is my BFE?"

Tips on real estate agents insurance

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The real estate business is always tricky and quite involving. It involves buyers and sellers of property and here, there is a process that must be followed. Most sellers are not ready to go through this process and therefore decide to choose another party (an agent) who helps them in the transaction and only involving them where necessary. A real estate agent job is not an easy one and worse still, it is very risky.
FEMA

FACT SHEET: Why Should I Buy Flood Insurance?

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Flooding from the Sept. 19 tropical storm resulted in more than 10,600 flood insurance claims being filed by Texas homeowners, business owners and renters. As of Oct. 29, policyholders have been paid 40 percent
5 Services Homeowners

5 Services Homeowners Need to Know About

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Owning a home is a huge responsibility. There is no landlord responsible for fixing any problems. It’s in the owners’ hands which means keeping a house clean and maintained is up to the homeowners.  

NAIC Releases Statistical Compilation of Annual Statement Information for Property/Casualty Insurers

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The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has released data on property and casualty (P&C) insurance companies. The reportis broken into three sections: Annual Statement Financial Data; State, Territory
FEMA

Don’t wait for disaster to happen: Insure your home against flood damage

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Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States, and nearly every major Texas city is vulnerable to hurricanes or sits in “Flash Flood Alley,” one of the most flash flood-prone areas in the nation.
FEMA

Flooding Happens Everywhere, Protect Yourself and Your Family

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Homeowner and renter insurance policies do not cover damages incurred during flooding. To protect themselves and their family from future financial loss, Oklahomans are advised to purchase and maintain flood insurance coverage

Protect Your Goods: 6 Reasons to Hire Professional Movers For Your Relocation

National
Do ever dread moving from one location to another because of the logistics involved in packing and unloading goods? Well, times have changed. Logistic companies now help individuals to move from one place to another.
Property on Airbnb

Should I Rent Out my Property on Airbnb?

National
Listing property on Airbnb has become a popular way to make extra money, meet new people, and provide some freedom, but there are a few key things to think about when you are considering listing your property. It is key to know what you’re getting yourself into.
FEMA

With No Mortgage, Flood Insurance Proved to Be a Good Decision

Sarah Herring grew up in her family’s home near the bay in Port St. Joe, was married in the backyard and now owns the property mortgage-free. Hurricane Michael’s winds tore off the roof

Analysis: Expense Should Not Be a Barrier to Constructing Safer Homes

As wildfire disasters increase across the country, a new study released today found negligible cost differences between building a typical home and a home constructed using wildfire-resistant materials and design features.
MBA

MBA’s Broeksmit Comments On FHA’s Annual Report to Congress

Robert D. Broeksmit, CMB, President and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Annual Report to Congress Regarding the Financial Status of the FHA Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund
Financial Services Committee

The Effect of Regulation on Affordable Multifamily Housing

The Housing and Insurance Subcommittee met today to examine the various federal, state and local regulations and policies that affect affordable multifamily housing development. “Today’s hearing was essential in order to determine the costs of regulation, and barriers preventing affordable multifamily housing development.
IDFPR

Rights and Responsibilities of Condo Association Board Members Now Available

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) Division of Real Estate (DRE) recently published the “Rights and Responsibilities of Association Board Members” to clearly explain the legal responsibilities of condominium and common interest community property boards. The publication includes general information regarding

The Risks of Not Having Homeowners’ Insurance

Insurance is one of those things that you can't really appreciate until you need it. In fact, it's probably crossed your mind a few different times—especially as you were writing that monthly check to your insurance agency—to just do away with coverage entirely. While doing so could save you money upfront, it could come back to haunt you in the long run
Private Mortgage Insurance

5 Things You Need to Know About Private Mortgage Insurance

The average mortgage loan is for around $300,000. Regardless of how much money you need to buy your dream home, finding an affordable loan is a must. If you get a loan that offers 100 percent financing, you may be required to pay private mortgage insurance (PMI).

IBHS Offers Resources to Help Prepare Homes and Businesses for Severe Summer Storms and...

The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially began on June 1 and we have already experienced one named cyclone in what is expected to be a very active season which runs through Nov. 30
Financial Services Committee

Improving the Housing Choice Voucher Program

The Housing and Insurance Subcommittee met today to review the Housing Choice Voucher Program and three legislative proposals that would improve mobility among families, foster kids and individuals recovering from opioid addiction within the program.
MBA

Mortgage Bankers Close Record $530 Billion in Commercial/Multifamily Originations in 2017

Commercial and multifamily mortgage bankers closed a record $530.1 billion of loans in 2017, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) 2017 Commercial Real Estate/Multifamily Finance Annual Origination Volume Summation.
NAR

Passage of FY 2018 Spending Bill Critical Step for Affordable Housing Funding and Flood...

With six months remaining in the 2018 fiscal year (FY), the National Association of REALTORS® urges the passage of the “omnibus appropriations bill” agreed upon by U.S. House and Senate negotiators last night, which is designed to fund the federal government through September 30, 2018.

Business Real Estate Press Releases

Movember

Hanley Investment Group Raises $30,000­­­ for Movember, Totaling $243,000

Hanley Investment Group Real Estate Advisors, a nationally recognized real estate brokerage and advisory firm specializing in retail property sales, announced today that the firm has raised $29,401 during its annual Movember campaign.

Recent Gov & Nonprofit Real Estate Press Releases

Safeguard Your Seasonal Home

Safeguard Your Seasonal Home

Closing down your cabin for the season is truthfully never as exciting as opening it up, but it’s an important process that helps protect your property during periods of extended non-use. Most owners guard against common incidentals like water leaks, potential fire hazards and temperature changes when shutting down for the season