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  • Advocacy Tools: Letters to Congress
    Despite delivery at internet speed, NAR lobbyists and policy staff use letters to stake out NAR’s positions on issues debated by Congress and Congressional Committees. Most letters describe NAR’s position on an issue, but many times the letters will reflect NAR’s position in a coalition of likeminded organizations. Where do the letters go? NAR sends […]
  • 2017 Appraisal Summit
    On August 2, 2017, the National Association of REALTORS® hosted an Appraisal Summit, focused on the role of Appraisal Management Companies (AMCs) and their effect on the appraisal industry. A variety of stakeholders in the appraisal field, including AMCs, lenders, federal regulatory officials, trade association representatives, and REALTOR® agents and appraisers attended the Summit. NAR Vice […]
  • NAR Supports SBA Cyber Security Bill
    On Wednesday, August 2, the Senate Small Business Committee marked up and approved by a voice vote of 19-0 S. 1428, the Small Business Cyber Training Act of 2017, sponsored by Senator Risch (R-ID), with cosponsors Senators Shaheen (D-NH), Kennedy (R-LA), Duckworth (D-IL), and Peters (D-MI). This bipartisan bill would require small business development centers […]
  • 2017 NAR NFlP August Recess Talking Points
    Congressional Action Needed Authority for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) expires on September 30, 2017. Urge the House of Representatives to bring up and pass the 21st Century NFIP Reform Package (includes seven bills) at the first opportunity. Urge the Senate to amend S. 1751, introduced by Chairman Crapo (R-ID) and Ranking Member Brown […]
  • 2017 NAR Tax Reform August Recess Talking Points
    Congressional Action Needed Congressional Republicans and President Trump have promised the first comprehensive tax reform bill in more than 30 years. Members of Congress and their staffs need to be reminded that tax reform must not dilute the current real estate tax provisions vital to the housing market and the economy. Proposals that repeal or […]
  • Monday Minute Week of July 31, 2017
    Both the Senate and House are in session this week and will be focusing on several issues of importance to REALTORS®, including FCC nominations. The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will vote on the nominations of Ajit Varadaraj Pai and Brendan Carr  to be a members of the Federal Communications Commission. On Tuesday, the […]
  • Senate Health Reform Fails to Advance
    In an early morning Friday July 28th vote, the Senate Republican leadership’s so-called “skinny” Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal bill failed to gather the 50 votes required for passage. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and John McCain (R-AZ) sided with Democrats in a 49-51 roll call vote. Released a few hours before the vote, the 8-page bill […]
  • NAR Opposes FHA Flood Regulation
    On July 26, 2017, NAR, as part of a broad coalition of housing, lending, insurance and consumer groups, opposed a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) regulation barring lenders from accepting private flood insurance on FHA insured loans, and urged its immediate reversal. On the same day, NAR wrote the full Senate requesting support and co-sponsorship of […]
  • EPA Releases Rule to Withdraw WOTUS
    Fulfilling a portion of an executive order by President Donald Trump, the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have released a proposal to rescind the Waters of the United States rule that expanded federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. The proposal published in the Federal Register on Thursday, July 28 would nix the […]
  • NAR Urges FCC to Maintain Net Neutrality
    NAR filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission on Monday July 17 urging the agency to maintain the Open Internet Order that was put into effect in 2015.  This order creates rules establishing network neutrality.  The FCC has proposed rolling back those rules and is currently seeking public comment. Net neutrality is shorthand for the […]
  • NAR Signs onto Credit Scoring Coalition Letter
    On July 19, 2017, NAR signed onto an industry coalition letter in support of the “Credit Score Competition Act,” introduced by Senators Scott (R-SC) and Warner (D-VA). The legislation would instruct Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to utilize newer, more predictive and inclusive credit models, which will responsible expand access to mortgage financing for many Americans. […]
  • Commercial NFIP Priorities Sent to Senate
    On July 14, NAR, in coalition with other commercial real estate trade groups, sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs, providing them with a list of ways the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) can be improved to be more responsive and effective for commercial real estate.  The Senate Banking […]
  • Health Care Agency Request for Information
    NAR commented on a Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Request for Information regarding the regulatory environment surrounding the individual and small group health insurance markets. A division of the Department of Health and Human Services, CMS was provided useful evidence on NAR’s unique self-employed and small business membership and associated health care priorities. […]
  • NAR Comments on FHFA "Duty to Serve" Rule
    On July 10, 2017 NAR submitted comments to the FHFA regarding the Agency's proposed “Duty to Serve Underserved Markets” Plans. Ensuring the continued availability of affordable mortgage credit to all qualified borrowers is an obligation of both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Without the affirmative obligation of either of the Enterprises to facilitate the financing of affordable […]
  • NAR Comments on Energy Regulations
    NAR submitted comments on the most burdensome regulations issued by the Department of Energy.  In response to a Request for Information (RFI) on burdensome regulations, NAR, in its letter, outlined the regulatory burdens posed to the real estate sector by the Home Energy Performance Score and the Property Assessed Clean Energy Program. NAR welcomes the […]

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  • 2017 Appraisal Summit
    On August 2, 2017, the National Association of REALTORS® hosted an Appraisal Summit, focused on the role of Appraisal Management Companies (AMCs) and their effect on the appraisal industry. A variety of stakeholders in the appraisal field, including AMCs, lenders, federal regulatory officials, trade association representatives, and REALTOR® agents and appraisers attended the Summit. NAR Vice […]
  • NAR Supports SBA Cyber Security Bill
    On Wednesday, August 2, the Senate Small Business Committee marked up and approved by a voice vote of 19-0 S. 1428, the Small Business Cyber Training Act of 2017, sponsored by Senator Risch (R-ID), with cosponsors Senators Shaheen (D-NH), Kennedy (R-LA), Duckworth (D-IL), and Peters (D-MI). This bipartisan bill would require small business development centers […]
  • Senate Health Reform Fails to Advance
    In an early morning Friday July 28th vote, the Senate Republican leadership’s so-called “skinny” Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal bill failed to gather the 50 votes required for passage. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and John McCain (R-AZ) sided with Democrats in a 49-51 roll call vote. Released a few hours before the vote, the 8-page bill […]
  • NAR Opposes FHA Flood Regulation
    On July 26, 2017, NAR, as part of a broad coalition of housing, lending, insurance and consumer groups, opposed a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) regulation barring lenders from accepting private flood insurance on FHA insured loans, and urged its immediate reversal. On the same day, NAR wrote the full Senate requesting support and co-sponsorship of […]
  • EPA Releases Rule to Withdraw WOTUS
    Fulfilling a portion of an executive order by President Donald Trump, the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have released a proposal to rescind the Waters of the United States rule that expanded federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. The proposal published in the Federal Register on Thursday, July 28 would nix the […]
  • NAR Urges FCC to Maintain Net Neutrality
    NAR filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission on Monday July 17 urging the agency to maintain the Open Internet Order that was put into effect in 2015.  This order creates rules establishing network neutrality.  The FCC has proposed rolling back those rules and is currently seeking public comment. Net neutrality is shorthand for the […]
  • NAR Signs onto Credit Scoring Coalition Letter
    On July 19, 2017, NAR signed onto an industry coalition letter in support of the “Credit Score Competition Act,” introduced by Senators Scott (R-SC) and Warner (D-VA). The legislation would instruct Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to utilize newer, more predictive and inclusive credit models, which will responsible expand access to mortgage financing for many Americans. […]
  • Commercial NFIP Priorities Sent to Senate
    On July 14, NAR, in coalition with other commercial real estate trade groups, sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs, providing them with a list of ways the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) can be improved to be more responsive and effective for commercial real estate.  The Senate Banking […]
  • Health Care Agency Request for Information
    NAR commented on a Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Request for Information regarding the regulatory environment surrounding the individual and small group health insurance markets. A division of the Department of Health and Human Services, CMS was provided useful evidence on NAR’s unique self-employed and small business membership and associated health care priorities. […]
  • NAR Comments on FHFA "Duty to Serve" Rule
    On July 10, 2017 NAR submitted comments to the FHFA regarding the Agency's proposed “Duty to Serve Underserved Markets” Plans. Ensuring the continued availability of affordable mortgage credit to all qualified borrowers is an obligation of both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Without the affirmative obligation of either of the Enterprises to facilitate the financing of affordable […]
  • NAR Comments on Energy Regulations
    NAR submitted comments on the most burdensome regulations issued by the Department of Energy.  In response to a Request for Information (RFI) on burdensome regulations, NAR, in its letter, outlined the regulatory burdens posed to the real estate sector by the Home Energy Performance Score and the Property Assessed Clean Energy Program. NAR welcomes the […]
  • CFPB Final Rule Clear on Ability to Share Closing Disclosures
    On July 7, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released the final rule amending the “Know Before You Owe” (KBYO or TRID) mortgage disclosure rule. As advocated for by NAR, the final rule clarifies the ability to share the Closing Disclosure (CD) with third parties – a victory for real estate professionals nationwide. As […]
  • NAR Joins Coalition to Preserve Net Neutrality
    NAR has joined a coalition of businesses and public interest groups working to preserve Open Internet rules—also known as network neutrality. NAR together with tech companies like Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon and main street companies like Walmart have joined together to advocate for preserving net neutrality. The coalition will work at the Federal Communications Commission […]
  • NAR Submits Statement on Housing Finance Reform
    On June 29, 2017, the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs held its first or several hearings of the year on housing finance reform. The hearing, entitled “Principles of Housing Finance Reform” consisted of three witness panelists from the Mortgage Bankers Association, Housing Policy Counsel of the Financial Services Roundtable, and Center for […]
  • NAR Comments on GSE Capital Reserves
    On June 27, 2017, NAR submitted letters to the U.S. Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director, U.S. Treasury Secretary, members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs and U.S. House Committee on Financial Services, expressing concern related to the scheduled elimination of capital reserves held by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac […]
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