32 Home Design Trends That Will Rule in 2019 (50 photos)

If you’re looking to redecorate or renovate your home in 2019, you’ve come to the right place. We searched through Houzz data, browsed hundreds of home design photos, reread past articles and interviewed professional designers to bring you this collection of materials, colors and other home…

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8 Design Ideas for Your Dream Outdoor Room (8 photos)

2018 12 30, Annie Thornton, Spring may be months away, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to think about landscape and outdoor design plans. If you’re looking for ideas, a dedicated outdoor room is a great option to consider. Many of the most popular landscape design stories published on Houzz in 2018 focus on designing…

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The Most Shared Kitchen Photo of 2018

2018 12 23, Melissa Tracey, Of the 17 million professional photos of home interiors and exteriors on Houzz, it was this photo of a gray and walnut kitchen that captured the most attention over the year.

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Lyft highlights Orlando’s most traveled to destinations From the Orlando Business Journal: https://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/news/2018/12/04/lyft-highlights-orlandos-most-traveled-to.html  

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Freddie Mac will now allow conventional financing for manufactured housing

GSE rolls out new manufactured housing financing Ben Lane November 30, 2018 Freddie Mac will soon see no difference between…

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Appraisers accuse federal regulators of recreating housing crisis conditions

As one might expect, appraisers are none too pleased about the FDIC, the OCC, and the Federal Reserve proposing to eliminate the appraisal requirement on certain home sales of $400,000 and below. According to Appraisal Institute President James Murrett, the newly proposed rules would add significantly more danger to the lending environment and harken back to the way things were just before the financial crisis.

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Sweat Equity as a Downpayment? Yes, Actually

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Freddie Mac has announced a new collaboration with a handful of rural non-profits to expand sweat equity opportunities to homeowners in several rural and underserved regions. Potential homebuyers in selected areas will be able "to leverage their construction skills to cover down payment and closing costs when purchasing a home." The company said the expansion of sweat equity parameters of its Home Possible program, part of its "Duty to Serve" mandate, is designed to support the renovation of aging homes and provides borrowers with an additional form of down payment instead of cash. There is no limit on the amount of sweat equity that can be applied toward a down payment as long the labor is completed in a skillful manner to support the appraised value-and is certified by an appraiser. "More…(read more)Forward this article via email:  Send a copy of this story to someone you know that may want to read it.

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Conforming Loan Limits Rise, Reducing the Need for Jumbo Mortgages

More than a million of the nation’s priciest homes will no longer require a jumbo mortgage as a result of new conforming loan limits announced today by the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

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