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  • EGRPRA Report to Congress
    The Federal banking agencies, which make up the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), have issued a joint report to Congress detailing their review of rules affecting financial institutions. The review, which included a formal comment period and public hearings, was conducted under the requirements of the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act (EGRPRA) […]
  • DOJ Shifts Support Against CFPB
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed an amicus brief defending the holding that the unaccountable single-director structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is unconstitutional in the case of PHH Corp. v. CFPB. In reversal of support, the DOJ adopts the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s three-judge panel finding that […]
  • NAR Urges Congress to Support Net Neutrality
    On Mar. 20, NAR sent a letter to the House and Senate Commerce committees reiterating our support for the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Open Internet Order implemented in 2015. NAR urged the committees to oppose legislation and regulatory efforts that would threaten network neutrality and rollback important protections put in place by the FCC in 2015. […]
  • NAR’s Analysis of the President’s Budget
    On Mar. 16, 2017, President Trump released his budget for the 2018 fiscal year, which begins on October 1. Please download below the highlights of the budget proposal that impact real estate.  Download Budget Highlights
  • House Approves Association Health Plan
    On Thursday, Mar. 22, 2017, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 1101, the Small Business Health Fairness Act (Johnson; R-TX), by a vote of 236-175. The bill amends title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to exempt health care plans sponsored by trade and business associations from most state laws and regulations. […]
  • REALTOR® Party Corporate Ally Program
    Download .pdf file (PDF 2.6MB) containing both infographics, for printing ... Read More
  • NAR Urges Mnuchin to Protect MID
    In a letter dated March 10, 2017, NAR 2017 President William E. Brown urged new Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to protect the current tax benefits of homeownership as the Trump Administration seeks to reform the federal income tax system. Referring to recent media reports where Mnuchin promised to leave “the mortgage interest deduction as is,” […]
  • President Trump Releases Budget
    On Thursday, March 16th, President Trump released the "America First - A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again". The budget does not include many details, but is more an outline of President Trump’s spending proposals. House and Senate appropriations committees will review the budget proposals and will develop the final budget documents for the […]
  • Senate Commerce Hearing on Drones
    On Wednesday, March 15, the Senate Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee held the hearing "Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Innovation, Integration, Successes, and Challenges."  The hearing focused on the industry growth seen since the FAA released its rule on Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), which went into effect in August 2016, as well as areas in which […]
  • HUD Secretary Launches Listening Tour
    On March 15, 2017, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson began his nation-wide "listenting tour" to better understand the way HUD and its programs are working in the day-to-day sense. Sec. Carson first mentioned the idea of the listening tour during his Senate confirmation hearing in January. The first stop was […]
  • Flood Insurance Hearings
    On March 9, 2017, the House of Representatives held the first of several hearings on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The Senate’s first hearing is on March 14. The NFIP must reauthorized to continue selling flood insurance after September 30 of this year. The purpose of these hearings is to solicit ideas for how […]
  • NAR Supports Sanford/Sherman G-fee Bill
    On February 22, 2017, NAR along with several housing and mortgage industry trade groups sent a letter thanking Reps. Sanford (R-SC) and Sherman (D-CA) for reintroducing H.R. 916, the "Risk Management and Homeowner Stability Act." The legislation would amend the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 to prohibit the use of Fannie Mae […]
  • Carson Becomes HUD Secretary
    Dr. Ben Carson was approved by the United States Senate by a vote of 58-41, and was sworn into office by Vice President Pence.  NAR President Bill Brown had the following statement:  “Dr. Carson should be proud of his achievement. The task at hand is a big one, and we applaud his commitment to the […]
  • Pres. Trump Signs WOTUS Order
    On Feb. 28, President Trump signed an Executive Order that begins to unwind the Obama administration's controversial Clean Water Rule. Also known as the Waters of the U.S. rule, or WOTUS, the regulation was written by U.S. EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to clarify the reach of the federal government over wetlands and waterways […]
  • Senate Confirms Carson Nomination as Realtors® Look to Opportunities and Challenges Ahead
    WASHINGTON (March 2, 2017) — The U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Ben Carson as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development today with a roll call vote of 58-41. National Association of Realtors® President William E. Brown, a second-generation Realtor® from Alamo, California and founder of Investment Properties, said Realtors® will work closely with Secretary Carson to […]

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  • EGRPRA Report to Congress
    The Federal banking agencies, which make up the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), have issued a joint report to Congress detailing their review of rules affecting financial institutions. The review, which included a formal comment period and public hearings, was conducted under the requirements of the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act (EGRPRA) […]
  • DOJ Shifts Support Against CFPB
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed an amicus brief defending the holding that the unaccountable single-director structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is unconstitutional in the case of PHH Corp. v. CFPB. In reversal of support, the DOJ adopts the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s three-judge panel finding that […]
  • NAR Urges Congress to Support Net Neutrality
    On Mar. 20, NAR sent a letter to the House and Senate Commerce committees reiterating our support for the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Open Internet Order implemented in 2015. NAR urged the committees to oppose legislation and regulatory efforts that would threaten network neutrality and rollback important protections put in place by the FCC in 2015. […]
  • NAR’s Analysis of the President’s Budget
    On Mar. 16, 2017, President Trump released his budget for the 2018 fiscal year, which begins on October 1. Please download below the highlights of the budget proposal that impact real estate.  Download Budget Highlights
  • House Approves Association Health Plan
    On Thursday, Mar. 22, 2017, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 1101, the Small Business Health Fairness Act (Johnson; R-TX), by a vote of 236-175. The bill amends title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to exempt health care plans sponsored by trade and business associations from most state laws and regulations. […]
  • NAR Urges Mnuchin to Protect MID
    In a letter dated March 10, 2017, NAR 2017 President William E. Brown urged new Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to protect the current tax benefits of homeownership as the Trump Administration seeks to reform the federal income tax system. Referring to recent media reports where Mnuchin promised to leave “the mortgage interest deduction as is,” […]
  • President Trump Releases Budget
    On Thursday, March 16th, President Trump released the "America First - A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again". The budget does not include many details, but is more an outline of President Trump’s spending proposals. House and Senate appropriations committees will review the budget proposals and will develop the final budget documents for the […]
  • Senate Commerce Hearing on Drones
    On Wednesday, March 15, the Senate Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee held the hearing "Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Innovation, Integration, Successes, and Challenges."  The hearing focused on the industry growth seen since the FAA released its rule on Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), which went into effect in August 2016, as well as areas in which […]
  • HUD Secretary Launches Listening Tour
    On March 15, 2017, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson began his nation-wide "listenting tour" to better understand the way HUD and its programs are working in the day-to-day sense. Sec. Carson first mentioned the idea of the listening tour during his Senate confirmation hearing in January. The first stop was […]
  • Flood Insurance Hearings
    On March 9, 2017, the House of Representatives held the first of several hearings on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The Senate’s first hearing is on March 14. The NFIP must reauthorized to continue selling flood insurance after September 30 of this year. The purpose of these hearings is to solicit ideas for how […]
  • NAR Supports Sanford/Sherman G-fee Bill
    On February 22, 2017, NAR along with several housing and mortgage industry trade groups sent a letter thanking Reps. Sanford (R-SC) and Sherman (D-CA) for reintroducing H.R. 916, the "Risk Management and Homeowner Stability Act." The legislation would amend the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 to prohibit the use of Fannie Mae […]
  • Carson Becomes HUD Secretary
    Dr. Ben Carson was approved by the United States Senate by a vote of 58-41, and was sworn into office by Vice President Pence.  NAR President Bill Brown had the following statement:  “Dr. Carson should be proud of his achievement. The task at hand is a big one, and we applaud his commitment to the […]
  • Pres. Trump Signs WOTUS Order
    On Feb. 28, President Trump signed an Executive Order that begins to unwind the Obama administration's controversial Clean Water Rule. Also known as the Waters of the U.S. rule, or WOTUS, the regulation was written by U.S. EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to clarify the reach of the federal government over wetlands and waterways […]
  • FinCEN Renews Anti-Money Laundering Efforts for High-End Real Estate Transactions
    The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) of the U.S. Department of Treasury is again extending the Global Targeting Orders (GTOs) that impose data collection and reporting requirements on title companies involved in certain high-end real estate transactions. Set to expire on February 23, 2017, FinCEN discovered that a significant portion of the reported covered transactions […]
  • FHA Appraiser Identity Theft
    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently became aware of a number of instances of appraiser identity theft. The fraudulent schemes varied, but stemmed from someone using the state certification number of a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) roster appraiser. In many cases, the harm was made possible […]

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