Volume 6, Issue 25:  August 23, 2013

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From left to right: Sandi Bisgood, Ruth Briggs King, Fred Dean, Rob Arlett,
Martha Carper, Senator Tom Carper, Judy Dean, Sandy Greene and Bill Lucks

Senator Tom Carper Meets with SCAOR:  US Senator Tom Carper and his wife Martha met with REALTORS® in Sussex County on Thursday to discuss the challenges in today's real estate market and what can be done to keep the industry moving in a positive direction.  The Senator and his wife were visiting Boys and Girls Clubs in the county and set aside time for the informal meeting. 

From DNREC:  DNREC's Delaware Wetlands Conference Set For January 2014:  The Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program of DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship announced that the 2014 Delaware Wetlands Conference will be held from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 at the Dover Downs Hotel and Conference Center in Dover. The conference is held every two years and brings together scientists, decision makers, and natural resource managers to discuss current research on tidal and non-tidal wetlands, the value of Delaware’s wetlands and the impact their management has on the community. The conference includes speakers, poster session, and 30-minute concurrent sessions on the latest advances in the science, management of wetlands, and outreach and educational practices and methods. Registration for the conference will open in October. For more information about the conference, please visit wetlandsconference2014 or contact Maggie Pletta at Margaret.Pletta@state.de.us, 302-739-9939.
From the University of Delaware's Institute for Public Administration: REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2013 COMPLETE COMMUNITIES SUMMIT: This year's Summit will be at the Dover Downs, Monday, November 4th from 8:00am to 3:00 pm, and will feature keynote speakers Jonathan Levine, Ph.D, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at University of Michigan, and Paul Bishop, Ph.D, Vice President of Research, National Association of REALTORS® To learn more about the Summit and to register, click HERE. Limited space is available so register today!
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Federal News In Case You Missed It:

NAR to Press Mortgage Efforts During Recess: 
NAR President Gary Thomas in his latest blog post talks about NAR's efforts in the coming weeks, while Congress is in recess, to educate lawmakers and their staff about why the federal government must continue to guarantee credit in the secondary mortgage market after Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are phased out.

MLS Copyright Infringement Injunction Upheld:  The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld the trial court's injunction prohibiting the company that operates NeighborCity.com from copying photographs from the database of MRIS, a regional MLS.
Home Sales Spike 6.5 Percent:  Existing-home sales rose strongly in July and the median price maintained double-digit year-over-year increases, NAR says. Sales increased 6.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.39 million in July from a downwardly revised 5.06 million in June. The latest figure is 17.2 percent above the 4.60 million-unit pace in July 2012. "Mortgage interest rates are at the highest level in two years, pushing some buyers off the sidelines," says NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. "The initial rise in interest rates provided strong incentive for closing deals.  However, further rate increases will diminish the pool of eligible buyers." Press release and video.

Access Webinar on realtor.com Changes:  Last week NAR President Gary Thomas, NAR CEO Dale Stinton, and realtor.com President Errol Samuelson in a webinar explained the changes to realtor.com that are intended to help keep the website competitive by allowing it to display more rental, new-home, and other types of listings. Access the webinar recording.
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