August 2015: Real Estate Roundup

New forms to affect buyers, sellers

Columnist Lance Evans

Columnist Lance Evans

Oct. 1 will be a big day for real estate professionals, buyers and sellers, lenders and the legal profession when new disclosure forms created by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will be used for mortgage transactions. [Read more…]

July 2015: Real Estate Roundup

Realtors honored for years service

Columnist Lance Evans

Columnist Lance Evans

On June 3, the Jefferson-Lewis Board of Realtors held a recognition lunch to honor its Realtor members for their years of membership. Each received a Realtor pin with the number of years of continuous membership rounded down to the nearest five year increment. In future years, we plan to honor members when they reach a five-year milestone. [Read more…]

June 2015: Real Estate Roundup

Realtors lobby for industry in D.C.

Columnist Lance Evans

Columnist Lance Evans

From May 11 to 16, the National Association of Realtors held its Realtor Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. The annual conference continues a tradition that goes back in the national association’s 100-plus-year history. [Read more…]

May 2015: Real Estate Roundup

FAA proposes rules for drone flights

Columnist Lance Evans

Columnist Lance Evans

Real estate agents across the country have been waiting for the Federal Aviation Administration to release guidelines permitting the use of drones for commercial purposes, such as marketing real estate. Last month, the FAA released its proposed rules, which would allow realty professionals to use drones to aid their clients in marketing and selling properties. [Read more…]

April 2015: Real Estate Roundup

Federal Fair Housing Act turns 47

Columnist Lance Evans

Columnist Lance Evans

The sale and purchase of a home is one of the most significant events a person will experience in his or her lifetime. It is more that the simple purchase of housing, for it includes the hopes, dreams, aspirations and economic destiny of those involved. Recognizing this, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Fair Housing Act in April of 1968. This landmark legislation is the reason that April is known as Fair Housing Month. During this 47th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, the Jefferson-Lewis and St. Lawrence County Boards of Realtors have reached out to numerous legislative bodies and asked them to declare April as Fair Housing Month. [Read more…]

March 2015: Real Estate Roundup

Drum, NNY a winning combination

Columnist, Lance Evans

Columnist Lance Evans

Planned. Positioned. Proven. With the approach of the March 20 Army listening session and public rally, that is a slogan we have been seeing and hearing often. The rally and session that follows will take place at Jefferson Community College at 5 p.m. and it’s your chance to tell the Army how you feel about the potential loss of 16,000 soldiers and civilians at Fort Drum. [Read more…]

February 2015: Real Estate Roundup

Let consumers decide on sprinklers

Columnist, Lance Evans

Columnist, Lance Evans

Recently, there has been publicity surrounding a push by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York to have the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council update the state Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code to mandate that builders install low-flow automatic sprinklers in all new one- to two-family homes and any home that undergoes substantial reconstruction of 50 percent or more. [Read more…]

Flood insurance a longtime concern

Real Estate Roundup column || by Lance Evans

Real Estate Roundup column || by Lance Evans

With the number of waterways in Northern New York, flood insurance has become increasingly important. Over the past century, floods have claimed more lives and property than any other natural disaster with flood disasters declared in every state as the result of melting snow, severe rain storms and hurricanes, and rising water along lakes, rivers, levees and dams. [Read more…]

Real Estate Roundup: SLC Realtors recognized for service

The St. Lawrence County Board of Realtors held a mixer at Phoenix on the Bay in Ogdensburg Aug. 6. It had a dual purpose, allowing affiliates to showcase their products and services and to recognize Realtor members for their years of service. Each Realtor member received a Realtor pin based on the number of years of continuous Realtor membership (rounded down to the nearest five-year period). In future years, we will honor members only when they reach five-year milestones. [Read more…]

Consider needs, options in search

Lance Evans

Lance Evans

Recently, I had the chance to participate in an unusual activity for me — house hunting. Even more unusual, the house is one that neither I, nor any family member, will probably ever live in. How did this come about? [Read more…]