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RSS Repair, Replacement, and Testing Guide 

June 4, 2024 | Comments Off on RSS Repair, Replacement, and Testing Guide 

Starting in July, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will require stress tests of drainfields for property sales inspections of gravity and pump to gravity systems. This document outlines the requirements and policies for repairing or replacing septic tanks, including details with regards to testing procedures, repairs, and replacements of defective tanks.  Requirements for Repairing Septic…

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NAR advocacy nets win for VA buyers

May 22, 2024 | Comments Off on NAR advocacy nets win for VA buyers

The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to temporarily lift its ban on buyers directly paying for professional real estate representation until the agency deems it necessary to engage in a formal rulemaking process, a VA official said Tuesday at a Mortgage Bankers Association conference in New York. Although not an official announcement, the comments from…

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TPCAR advocacy nets positive response from Pierce County Council

May 22, 2024 | Comments Off on TPCAR advocacy nets positive response from Pierce County Council

TPCAR member response to Call to Action regarding short-term rentals and rural zoning nets success At yesterday’s Pierce County Council meeting, Resolution R2024-158s, drafted to include provisions which would have restricted short-term rentals (STR) and removed bonus density provisions for rural lands within the urban growth area (UGA), was amended after successful lobbying by TPCAR.…

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PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT GRANTED

April 23, 2024 | Comments Off on PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT GRANTED

This past weekend, the Plaintiffs’ counsel in the Sitzer v. Burnett class action lawsuit filed a Motion for Preliminary Approval of the proposed NAR settlement agreement with the federal court in the Western District of Missouri. Today, Judge Bough granted that motion which means that, as of today, the settlement agreement is preliminarily approved. Settlement…

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Buyer Financing and Commission Financing After the Settlement

March 20, 2024 | Comments Off on Buyer Financing and Commission Financing After the Settlement

The below information was shared by NAR in The Hub. We strongly encourage all members to create your Hub account to track updates and information provided by NAR. The recently announced settlement raised several questions regarding access to mortgages and the ability to finance agent commissions.  In short, under the settlement, buyers still have the same…

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Update Regarding NAR Proposed Settlement in Class-Action Lawsuit

March 20, 2024 | Comments Off on Update Regarding NAR Proposed Settlement in Class-Action Lawsuit

Following up on NAR’s March 15 announcement of a proposed settlement to end the Sitzer/Burnett class-action lawsuit, Washington REALTORS® has released a video update breaking down the three aspects of the proposed settlement and what their impacts are likely to be for real estate practitioners in Washington State. At a fundamental level, the proposed rules…

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In the Mood for a Little Spring Cleaning?

February 27, 2024 | Comments Off on In the Mood for a Little Spring Cleaning?

In the mood for a little spring cleaning? Whether you hire a house cleaning service or you prefer DIY, you know why a good “Spring Cleaning” is so important.  Spring is when we come out from the dark shroud of winter into the light and enjoy the blossoming trees and flowers. Spring is the season…

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Battling the Downpour: How Western Washington’s Rainy Season Impacts Homes and the Importance of a Home Inspection

February 14, 2024 | Comments Off on Battling the Downpour: How Western Washington’s Rainy Season Impacts Homes and the Importance of a Home Inspection

Written by Herb Daniels Battling the Downpour: How Western Washington’s Rainy Season Impacts Homes and the Importance of a Home Inspection As the lush green landscape of Western Washington transforms into a canvas painted in myriad shades of gray, residents brace themselves for the onslaught of the rainy season. While the rain brings its own…

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Unlocking the Power of Pre-Inspections

December 19, 2023 | Comments Off on Unlocking the Power of Pre-Inspections

Unlocking the Power of Pre-Inspections: A Strategic Approach for Sellers By:  Jon Teabo, President of A-Pro Home Inspection Services In the ever-evolving landscape of real estate, sellers are constantly seeking innovative ways to stand out in a competitive market. While the legal requirement to disclose property conditions is well established, savvy sellers are increasingly turning…

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What Comes Next After Verdict in Burnett v. NAR?

November 20, 2023 | Comments Off on What Comes Next After Verdict in Burnett v. NAR?

What comes next after verdict in burnett v. nar? After an 11-day trial in the case of Burnett v. NAR et al, and only 2.5 hours of deliberation, the eight-person jury found the National Association of REALTORS® and other corporate defendants liable in the case with a recommendation that the defendants must pay $1.78 billion…

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