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Government Affairs Update: Colorado

January 11, 2019 Governor Lists Priorities Governor Jared Polis was formally sworn into office this week and gave his first State of the State speech on Thursday. He spent most of that speech focusing on his legislative agenda, including full-day kindergarten for all children, lowering the cost of health care, creating good-paying jobs in the… Continue reading Government Affairs Update: Colorado

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Governmental Affairs National Update: NAR Participates in BCFP Round Table; FHFA Ends Single Family Rental Program

NATION NAR Participates in BCFP Roundtable Earlier this month, NAR participated in an Industry Roundtable Discussion at the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP) with Acting Director Mick Mulvaney, newly named Deputy Director Brian Johnson, and other high-level Bureau staff. NAR joined other consumer, banking, and lending trade associations in discussing the recent Requests for… Continue reading Governmental Affairs National Update: NAR Participates in BCFP Round Table; FHFA Ends Single Family Rental Program

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National Update: USDA Proposes Tech Fee for Lenders

On July 13, 2018, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service (RHS) put out a notice for comment on a proposed guarantee underwriting user fee to be charged to lenders for use of the RHS automated guaranteed loan system. The fee would be used to improve USDA and RHS technology for the loan… Continue reading National Update: USDA Proposes Tech Fee for Lenders

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National Update: Endangered Species Act Reforms

Members of the Congressional Western Caucus in the House of Representatives unveiled an Endangered Species Act (ESA) modernization package that will provide important reforms to some of the problematic components of the Act. The ESA needs to be modernized in order to better protect species, and to treat property owners, states, and localities as partners… Continue reading National Update: Endangered Species Act Reforms

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National Update: House Passes Flood Insurance Extension

On July 25 The House passed a bill to extend the National Flood Insurance Program through November 30, 366 to 52.  The bill now moves to the Senate; with the actual vote date and time to be determined. None of our associations have met the 20 percent Call For Action participation rate. Please respond to the… Continue reading National Update: House Passes Flood Insurance Extension

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Passes Water Infrastructure Bill

A water infrastructure bill - H.R. 8, the Water Resources Development Act - easily passed the House on Wednesday, June 6, on a 408-2 vote. This legislation, known as WRDA, ensures the viability of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Civil Works programs, including navigation, water resources management, recreation, infrastructure, flood control, mitigation and environmental… Continue reading Passes Water Infrastructure Bill

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NAR Position on Internet Sales Tax

Last week the Supreme Court announced its holding in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., a case on internet sales tax fairness – and their ruling is a win for NAR's position that states should be able to require online sellers to collect/remit sales tax on purchases.  The Court held that the South Dakota law may stand, and that… Continue reading NAR Position on Internet Sales Tax

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Respond to the Call For Action

NAR’s advocacy campaign to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program is still active. If you haven’t already responded to the Call For Action, please do so now using this link: https://bit.ly/2lBI00j. The NFIP is a very important issue for all REALTORS® -- remember the September 2013 flood? And your local association and CAR need your… Continue reading Respond to the Call For Action

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FHA Announces Changes to Condo Rules

Federal Housing Administration Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ed Golding joined National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron to announce changes to FHA condominium policies. NAR has long advocated for broad improvements, arguing that existing policy is overly restrictive and keeps many consumers from buying and selling a home. Golding said the changes will be similar… Continue reading FHA Announces Changes to Condo Rules

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Colorado Legislators Fight For Transportation Projects

Congressman Jared Polis tried to amend the long-term transportation bill recently passed by the House of Representatives to give I-25 “high priority corridor” status. This would have given the highway preference in consideration for funding under the newly created Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects program. Unfortunately, he was not successful in his effort. Polis… Continue reading Colorado Legislators Fight For Transportation Projects