Volume 6, Issue 5:  February 8, 2013


From DNREC:  Join the Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee between 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm on these dates to listen to informative presentations, speak with subject matter experts, and to provide your comments and feedback as the Committee presents potential options for preparing Delaware for sea level rise:

Wednesday, February 13th
Cape Henlopen High School
Cafeteria & Auditorium
1270 Kings HWY
Lewes, DE  19958

Tuesday, February 19th
New Castle School
Lobby & Auditorium
903 Delaware Street
New Castle, DE  19720

Monday, February 25th
Kent County Levy Court
Rooms 220 & 221
555 Bary Road (Rt.113)
Dover, DE  19901

A brief presentation is scheduled for 4:30 pm, to be repeated at 6:00 pm.  Prior registration is not required. 

Planning for Complete Communities in Delaware:  The Delaware Association of REALTORS® is working with the University of Delaware's Institute for Public Administration as part of its Planning for Complete Communities in Delaware project.  Please take a moment to complete the survey below:

Dear Member of DAR –

The Institute for Public Administration (IPA) at the University of Delaware is researching state and local government regulatory barriers to creating complete communities in Delaware, as part of its Planning for Complete Communities in Delaware project. A Complete Communities Delaware 2012 Summit was held last November and a panel, representing the development community, discussed challenges and opportunities. As a follow-up to this Summit topic, IPA is conducting a short survey of members of the Delaware development community. The purpose of this survey is to assist IPA in learning more about what you perceive to be top state and local government regulatory obstacles to development projects in Delaware.

Your participation in this survey is voluntary and your anonymity is assured. The survey will be available online until Friday, February 15.  If you wish to participate, please link to the IPA survey <HERE>.

Thank you, in advance, for your assistance and input.

Warm regards,

Marcia S. Scott, Associate Policy Scientist
Institute for Public Administration
University of Delaware
180 Graham Hall
Newark, DE  19716

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Federal News In Case You Missed It:

NAR Unveils New Public Advocacy Ad:  NAR's Public Advocacy Campaign will launch its new commercial, "Dreams," on Monday, Feb. 11, but you can see it now. In addition to the TV and radio ads that will run as part of NAR's national media buy, the campaign includes print and digital materials that you and your members can use in your local market. The new ads will be available for you to use and customize for your own local market after the national media buy begins. Visit the ad generator on the Public Advocacy Campaign pages to access the new materials on Feb. 11.

New Temporary FHA Provisions for Condo Approvals:  FHA released on Sept. 13, 2012, Mortgagee Letter 2012-18: Temporary Approval Provisions for the Federal Housing Administration Condominium Project Approval Process. The Mortgagee Letter replaces existing policy until FHA publishes formal regulations expected in 2014. NAR had been working with HUD for years on these changes, and had worked with Congress to try and influence HUD to loosen condo regulations. These new rules do not solve all of the issues, but do include some improvements. Learn more.

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