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Downtowns are Thriving Around the Country

November 20, 2014: 

According to census figures, downtowns have grown at a faster rate than the suburbs over the past four years. In 19 out of the country’s 51 largest metro areas, city center growth outpaced suburbs last year, a phenomenon dubbed “the great inversion” by some demographers. Figures show that many cities grew more in the nearly four years since the 2010 Census than they gained for the entire previous decade.

Shifting Patterns of Growth: Americans Return to Urban Life

November 20, 2014: 

The U.S. population is growing by one person every 15 seconds, according to the Census Bureau’s population clock. That’s an increase of about three dozen people in the time it takes to read this story. But the country’s population isn’t just growing. It’s also shifting — between regions, states and cities and within them. The trends created by this ebb and flow are changing the dynamics of American demographics.

NAR Funds Four Cases

November 19, 2014: 

NAR's Board of Directors approved the funding request recommendations made by the Legal Action Committee for four cases: two involving copyright infringement allegations against the owner of Neighborcity.com, and two cases against two Texas brokerages alleging infringement of the same patents.

Call For Action to Help Meet Core Standards

November 18, 2014: 

Promote NAR's Call For Action urging Congress to extend Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Tax Relief to help meet the Advocacy component of the Core Standards for State and Local Associations. 

FHA Fund Changes

November 17, 2014: 

Over the past four years, FHA has made several administrative changes to mitigate risk. FHA has increased mortgage insurance premiums (MIP), hired the agency’s first Credit Risk Officer, implemented a credit score floor, required a greater downpayment for borrowers with lower credit scores, and adopted a series of measures to increase lender responsibility and enforcement.

President Obama Calls for Strict Net Neutrality Rule

November 14, 2014: 

On Nov. 10, 2014, President Obama asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take up the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality, the principle that says Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all internet traffic equally.