Category Archives: Gov’t Affairs

Study Says Energy Measures Don’t Deliver

According to a surprising study published by the University of Chicago, home efficiency measures such as installing new windows or replacing insulation deliver such a small fraction of their promised energy savings that they may not save any money over … Continue reading

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Help for Small Businesses

Regulation A+ took effect on June 19. Regulation A+ is part of the rulemaking that encompasses the JOBS Act of 2012, which is designed to increase capital-raising opportunities for small businesses. Regulation A+ makes it easier for small businesses to … Continue reading

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Congressional Leaders Move to Block EPA Rule

Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees passed a provision that would prohibit the EPA from using any funds in FY 2016 to implement the now-finalized Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. At this time, there is no word yet … Continue reading

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CFPB Proposes TRID Delay

On June 17 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it would propose to delay the RESPA/TILA Integration or TRID until October 1 due to issues with the Administrative Procedures Act and also to push implementation further into the … Continue reading

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Loveland: REALTORS Strengthen Relationship with City Officials

Using local issues mobilization funds, the Loveland-Berthoud Association of REALTORS held a reception for the City Council and key staff on June 23. Chair Bob Skillman provided a brief report on the local real estate market. This led to a … Continue reading

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Longmont: Council Finalizes List of Proposed Affordable Housing Policies

On June 30 the Longmont City Council considered a list of possible affordable housing tools and selected the policies it wants staff to pursue. One thing the Council agreed on was that it wants to implement policies that can result … Continue reading

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HUD Rule Intended to End Segregation

The Obama administration is moving forward with regulations designed to help diversify America’s wealthier neighborhoods, drawing fire from critics who decry the proposal as executive overreach. A final Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rule due out this month … Continue reading

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No Grace Period for TRID

Will On June 3 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it would be “sensitive” to companies that make a good-faith effort to comply with the new Truth in Lending Act and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act Integrated Disclosure … Continue reading

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EPA Releases Water Rule

The Final Rule on Waters of the U.S. was released on May 27, 2015. While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made several changes to the proposed rule in response to public comments, the final rule still expands federal jurisdiction over … Continue reading

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FHA to Issue New Condo Rules?

On May 27th, NAR 2016 First Vice President, Elizabeth Mendenhall, represented NAR at a roundtable discussion in Missouri. The roundtable was presented by Congressman Luetkemeyer (R-MO) and featured HUD Secretary Julian Castro. Mendenhall brought up concerns with FHA’s condominium rules. … Continue reading

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