Freedom to Display the American Flag Act

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Displaying the American flag on the front porch is a traditon for many.  Anyone considering a purchase in a community with an Homeowners Association or recorded covenants should review the documents carefully.  This will avoid any surprises after a purchase that may affect the enjoyment of your home.

The Freedom to display the American Flag Act of 2005  states “a condominium association, cooperative association, or residential real estate management association may not adopt or enforce any policy, or enter into any agreement, that would restrict or prevent an association member from displaying the U.S. flag on residential property within the association with respect to which such member has a separate ownership interest or a right to exclusive possession or use.”

With this law in place you still may have restrictions as to the place and time the flag may be displayed within reason.

Also, here’s a helpful link on how to properly display your flag : http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/faq2.htm

Happy homebuying 🙂

Alice

 

 

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Brighten things up on moving day

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Since the phasing out of less efficient light bulbs in 2012 more than just the bulbs have changed.

Lightbulbs are removable but sellers in the past looked at them like a “giveaway”.  Today, it is not unusual for sellers to take the bulbs because of the cost and years of use remaining on them.

To save extra work and time during the busy move a buyer can make a list of bulbs and lumens they use during an inspection period.  Or, to avoid complication be specific when negotiating with a seller the items that remain with the home.

You may also need a cheat sheet when shopping for bulbs if you are used to measuring the brightness by wattage.

Here is a link to help with wattage to lumens: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0164-shopping-light-bulbs

As for the high upfront cost, it should even out with the energy saved.

Happy home buying 🙂

Florida beach visitors and owners

Ever enjoy that cozy little beach spot behind a hotel you’re not staying at? That might be a thing of the past under a new Florida law… 16 more words

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‘Fixer Upper’ Spin-off ‘Woodwork’ To Bow On DIY Network — Deadline

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April 11th is the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, Fair housing Title VIII

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The Fair housing Act was signed into law on April 11, 1968 by President Lyndon Johnson. The law prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, or advertisement of residential dwellings, brokerages services, appraisals, real estate loans and loan purchases.  The 1968 law protected against discrimination based on race, religion, national origin and color.

Today the law has expanded to seven protected classes.  In addition to the original four, handicap, familial status and sex have been added.

The fiftieth anniversary is a great reminder to celebrate the diverse country we live in and how we have grown our communities together.  The opportunity to learn from each other has opened doors for many and helps promote economic opportunity.

Real estate professionals dedicated to providing equal service to all make the time to continually educate themselves to abide by law updates, but most of all “do the right thing”.  Real estate companies adhering to this belief prominently display the fair housing logo on their marketing materials.

Take notice and join in on the celebration…..

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Happy home buying and selling 🙂