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Wastewater Discharge Authorization Program Teleconference & Webinar04 Feb

The Engineering Support and Plan Review Section of the Wastewater Discharge Authorization Program will be hosting a teleconference and webinar on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 1:30 – 3:00pm. The goal is to have a meaningful discussion with interested stakeholders concerning the best practices of managing wastewater systems in real estate transactions. Real estate professionals, property lending professionals and concerned homeowners looking to buy or sell a home in Alaska are encouraged to participate.

During this 90-minute event, we intend to:

Explain the services and sources of information available for wastewater information

Explain how best to advise homeowners in correcting common wastewater issues

Explain how to determine if a system meets state documentation requirements

Provide valuable handouts and reference materials

Highlight various methods to stay current in wastewater issues in Alaska

Gain feedback from attendees on areas of concern and answer questions

Solicit interest in professionals joining a Southeast Alaska Real Estate Working Group

To join the telecon or webinar click on the following link by 1:25pm on February 23.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/405031925

To hear the audio portion of the presentation:

Dial (872) 240-3412
Access Code: 405-031-925
Meeting ID: 405-031-925

Additionally, if you would care to attend in person, each of our offices below has a conference room set aside to accommodate the webinar. Attending in person will also give you a chance to meet the Engineering Support and Plan Review staff that serves your area and see where the records for wastewater systems are stored. No RSVP is necessary, simply arrive at the following locations a few minutes prior to 1:30pm on February 23.

Locations:

555 Cordova Street, Anchorage
610 University Avenue, Fairbanks
410 Willoughby Avenue, Juneau
43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Soldotna
1700 E Bogard Road, Wasilla

For more information, Contact:

Gene McCabe 269-7692
Tonya Bear 451-2177
Rob Kimble 465-5167
Monica English 262-3405
Oran Woolley 376-1852

Visit us at our website at: http://dec.alaska.gov/water/wwdp/onsite/index.htm

Realtors® Applaud House Passage of “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act”

WASHINGTON (February 2, 2016) — The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to advance legislation that will expand opportunities for homeownership. H.R. 3700, the “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act,” includes a number of initiatives that have strong support from the National Association of Realtors®, who hailed the vote as important progress for home buyers and sellers.

“This legislation will put homeownership in reach for more families, and we applaud Congress’s work to take us there,” said NAR President Tom Salomone, broker-owner of Real Estate II Inc. in Coral Springs, Florida. “We look forward to seeing it advance through the legislative process and to the President’s desk, so it can be signed into law.”

NAR testified last year in support of H.R. 3700 before the U.S. House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance. In particular, NAR championed the inclusion of reforms to current Federal Housing Administration restrictions on condominium financing.

Condominiums are among the most affordable homeownership options for first-time homebuyers, as well as lower income borrowers, but barriers to safe, affordable mortgage credit for condos still exist. H.R. 3700 takes a number of steps to address those concerns.

These include efforts to make FHA’s recertification process “substantially less burdensome,” improving a process that is often costly and which condo developments must repeat every 24 months. H.R. 3700 also lowers FHA’s current owner-occupancy requirement from 50 percent to 35 percent and requires FHA to replace existing policy on transfer fees with the less-restrictive model already in place at the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Additionally, the “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act” streamlines the process for exemptions to FHA’s rule requiring that condominium projects have no more than 25 percent of the space dedicated to commercial use. This effort is in line with the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s initiative to promote neighborhoods with a mix of residential housing, businesses and access to public transportation.

Finally, H.R. 3700 includes further support for rural housing loans and multifamily housing initiatives.

“There is tremendous demand for affordable housing, and H.R. 3700 offers fresh opportunities for creditworthy borrowers to become homeowners when they choose to,” said Salomone. “NAR thanks Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo, for introducing the bill, as well as leaders in the House for making it a priority. We look forward to working with our partners at all levels to advance this legislation in support of homeownership.”

The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

Contact Information

Alaska Association of REALTORS®
4205 Minnesota Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99503

Phone (907) 563-7133
FAX (907) 561-1779
Toll-Free (800) 478-3763

joinus@alaskarealtors.com