The North Puget Sound Association of REALTORS® is currently accepting applications for the $1,000 Brandon Koetje Memorial Scholarship (Skagit County students). 
Applications must be received no later than May 15, 2015 for the 2015-2016 school year.
The application can be found here.
Or call the North Puget Sound Association of REALTORS® at (360) 416-4902.

The Communications Committee is seeking nominations for a new monthly award to promote Realtor Awareness within the community.
Award winners for each month will have their photo and bio appear on our RE Weekly ad space!
You can nominate an associate, or nominate yourself!
How does your nominee demonstrate community spirit? We want to share it!
Please see the nomination form for more information. We will be reviewing all nominations monthly at our Committee meeting. You don’t need to resend your nomination each month, but you may ‘update’ a nomination at any time.

We hope to hear from you soon!
The Communications Committee

By Megan Booth, Sarah C. Young, Colin Allen
January 9, 2015

On Jan. 8, 2015, at a speech in Phoenix, AZ attended by NAR President Chris Polychron, President Obama announced that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) would reduce FHA annual mortgage insurance premiums (MIP) by 50 basis points.  This reduction is a victory for the National Association of REALTORS® whose members have called for lower fees on FHA loans since early 2014.  NAR raised concerns about the costly premiums to FHA Commissioner Galante in April 2014, and NAR has lead a  coordinated effort with other advocacy groups and members of Congress to achieve this victory.  NAR estimates that a 50 basis point reduction in the annual MIP from 1.35 percent to .85 percent would price-in an additional 1.6 million to 2.1 million renters, along with many trade-up buyers, resulting in 90,000 to 140,000 additional annual home purchases.

The premium reduction will be effective for case numbers assigned on or after Jan. 26, 2015. To allow borrowers already in the loan pipeline to take advantage of the lower rates, FHA will temporarily approve cancellation requests for active FHA Case Numbers within 30 days of the effective date of this ML.  Full details of the premium changes are published in Mortgagee Letter 2015-01.
NAR Press Release
Source: Realtor.org

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