If you’ve read articles about the coming changes to the HUD-1 and other things being implemented by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), then you know this is a big deal. If you haven’t read all of the articles, then this will all be new—but it is a big deal. Forms are changing. Notice requirements are changing. According to presentations I have seen, they say that “quick closings” are a thing of the past; at least as of August 1, 2015. You may read more about the changes here. I also encourage you to register for the upcoming class that will cover all of the changes and how they impact you and your business. Don’t worry if the class is full when you try to register. We are looking to add more courses since this is a very important topic.

This is also the time to file your candidacy notification form if you would like to run for the 2016 HAR Board of Directors. If you have a desire to give back to your association and your profession, this is your opportunity. It is one of the most rewarding professional experiences you will ever have. You may read more about the responsibilities and how to apply to run here. The deadline is June 8, so don’t delay.

Speaking of running for office, the City of Houston will choose a new mayor this year, and HAR is hosting what we believe is the first mayoral forum that will have all of the declared candidates in attendance. This is the opportunity to hear from the candidates in their own voices. You may find out more information about the forum and how to purchase tickets here. You won’t want to miss it!

The HAR staff and elected leadership have great relationships with our local officials, and the City of Houston Historic Preservation Ordinance is an example of when those relationships are very valuable. We continue to work with the City during its current process of updating the ordinance. You may read more about it here.

Until next month,

Nancy Furst
HAR Chair of the Board