Volume 6, Issue 7:  March 15, 2013

DAR Makes the REALTOR Party Success Stories:  Last November, the Delaware Association of REALTORS used a Smart Growth Grant from NAR to co-sponsor the Complete Communities Summit in Dover. Commercial REALTOR and past DAR President, Phil McGinnis, worked with the state’s Department of Transportation, the Office of State Planning Coordination, and the University of Delaware’s Institute for Public Administration to plan the event. Read the full story HERE.

Homebuyer Fair:  The Delaware State Housing Authority in Partnership with The Money School and the Delaware Federation of Housing Counselors will be hosting a Free Homebuyer Fair at the Christiana Hilton in Newark on April 27, 2013 from 8:00am to 4:30pm.  Exhibitor opportunities are available!  You can check it out HERE, or call toll-free 877-307-6858.  Pre registration is recommended but not required. 

DNREC Stormwater and Sediment Regulations:  There will be a public hearing on DNREC's new Stormwater and Sediment Regulations on April 23rd at 6:00pm in the DNREC auditorium at the Richardson and Robbins building (89 King’s Highway), in Dover.  The public comment period will be open until May 8th, which is 15 days after the public hearing.  You can read the proposed regulations HERE, and you can see DNREC's most recent Stormwater and Sediment Public Hearing Presentation HERE.

U of D Workshop Summary:  The University of Delaware's Institute for Public Administration held a workshop in February called State and Local Government Regulatory Barriers to Creating Complete Communities in Delaware.  You can read a summary of the Workshop HERE.  Upcoming workshops will be held on April 10, 2013 with Delaware regulators, and May 29, 2013 with elected officials and decision makers.  To find out more about the workshops click HERE, and if you would like to attend one of the workshops you can contact Marcia Scott at msscott@udel.edu.

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Federal News In Case You Missed It:

NAR President Testifies About Importance of FHA:  The U.S. Congress is looking at what to do about the Federal Housing Administration’s dwindling reserves. In testimony before a Senate panel earlier this month, NAR President Gary Thomas made a strong case for careful action by Congress as it decides what, if anything, it should do. He shared with lawmakers the compelling story of how FHA stepped in at a critical juncture and through little fault of its own, took a hit to its reserves. In a sense it saved the economy from a much bigger blow but it did so at the expense of its own reserve fund.  Read More/View Video

Podcast: FAIR Housing and IDX Content:  NAR General Counsel Laurie Janik in an 11-minute audio podcast addresses practitioners' potential liability under the Fair Housing Act for using IDX content on their websites.


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