September is National Preparedness Month

Preparedness2Virginia Association of REALTORS® (VAR) is encouraging Virginians to ready themselves for hurricane season as well as other disasters by making plans for how to stay safe and communicate during an emergency. Preparedness Month, observed nationwide in September, reminds Virginians to collect supplies as well as make and share a plan for the protection of their families, homes, and communities. To assist Virginians with all hazard disaster planning, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and its Ready Virginia app offer resources that include check lists of essential supplies, step-by-step guides for staying safe in emergency conditions, and instructions to stay informed of critical community updates. Take the time today to review these helpful tips then sit down with your family and “make a plan” .

Website: http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/makeaplan

New CFPB Tool for Real Estate Professionals

In our continuing efforts to keep you abreast of the latest news on the implementation of the Truth in Lending RESPA Integrated Document (TRID) rule by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), NAR is pleased to announce new resources to help REALTORS® prepare for the changes. Today, after close collaboration with NAR, the CFPB has launched a new online toolkit for real estate professionals as part of its “Know Before You Owe” campaign. CFPB uses the term “Know Before You Owe” for its consumer facing communications regarding TRID. The new website is designed to help real estate professionals understand the changes to the closing process, that will go into effect on October 3, 2015, and how to explain the changes to clients. The site also includes resources that real estate professionals can provide to their clients.

You can visit www.realtor.org to get additional information about the new website or visit the CFPB website directly

If you have any questions please contact John DiBiase, Government Affairs Communications Director, jdibiase@realtors.org or 202-383-1037

Complete Links:
http://www.realtor.org/articles/cfpb-releases-new-trid-tools

http://www.consumerfinance.gov/know-before-you-owe/real-estate-professionals/

Military Air Installation- Property Noise Contour List

Noise Contour List

To search for properties in the noise contour please use the Hampton Noise Contour Map link below. Below the city map click on ‘Search By Address’. If the property is in the Noise Contour it will give you the decibel reading that is required in the form entitled ‘Real Estate Transfer Disclosure for Properties Located in a Locality in which a Military Air Installation is Located’. A copy of this form is located here

Finding the GIS Hampton Noise and Crash Zone Information Instructions

Hampton Noise Contour Map

Langley Noise Brochure

Oceana AICUZ and Noise Information

REALTORS and consumers alike will benefit from a better understanding of the noise contour and AICUZ ordinance requirements in Hampton Roads. With military air installations located in numerous municipalities throughout the region, as well as two international airports, it is inevitable that somewhere and somehow, aircraft noise will impact you. Now, with the help of this video prepared by the Department of Defense, you and your customers can learn the background of this issue and how it impacts property rights. Use the link below to view this video.

AICUZ Video