Lawmakers in Washington, DC are working on a tax reform plan. Tax reform can be a good thing, if it does not include hidden tax increases for the middle class. Currently, consideration is being given to eliminating tax incentives that help homeowners: state and local property tax deductions and the mortgage interest deduction. If these incentives are eliminated, you can expect a negative effect on the housing industry.
Make your voice heard by contacting your representative and telling them to protect home ownership incentives. It only takes a few minutes.
The Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard was the beneficiary of a fun social event held by the Affiliate Committee.
When there are political issues that affect the real estate industry, who do you turn to?
Around the country, consumers are increasingly broadening the range of their home purchasing search parameters beyond “school district” and “granite countertops.” Today’s buyers want to know more -- whether solar panels, high-efficiency HVAC, stormwater lines or insulation levels. Both the national realtors and appraisers associations embrace making this information part of the standard real estate data on a multi-listing service. But locally, we’re running behind. Can the 60,000+ homes scored with the 1 through 10 Home Energy Score provide a light for local leaders? How can a $10,000 energy efficiency improvement hidden behind the drywall get the same treatment as the bathroom remodel when calculating home value? And how can REALTORS® become knowledgeable guides for their clients in this brave new real estate world? Join us as we take a look at what’s being done around the country and what can be implemented in Southwestern PA.
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