Government Affairs: Nation

June 20, 2019 Congress Passes VA Loan Bill The President is expected to sign H.R. 299, the “Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act.” This legislation includes language which will eliminate the cap on the VA home loan guarantee. Veterans, under this legislation, will be able to purchase any home they qualify for using the VAContinue reading “Government Affairs: Nation”

Government Affairs: Nation

June 7, 2019 Join NAR in Protecting Association Health Plans As NAR continues to fight for more affordable health insurance options for members and their families, REALTORS® are invited to support and sign on to NAR’s latest amicus brief, or “friend of the court” brief, which will be submitted in defense of the Association Health Plan (AHP)Continue reading “Government Affairs: Nation”

Government Affairs: Nation

April 10, 2019 FEMA Risk Rating FEMA is continuing to work towards Risk Rating 2.0. One argument that has persisted amidst the conversation regarding long term reauthorization is “why do I pay more so rich people can live in harm’s way on the coast and pay less?”  RR 2.0 seeks to address that concern by basingContinue reading “Government Affairs: Nation”

Government Affairs: Nation

March 11, 2019 Coalition on GSE Reforms NAR, along with 27 other industry groups, recently sent a letter to Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Acting Director Otting outlining administrative reforms to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that prioritize preserving access and affordability in the mortgage market. The letter was developed after months of collaboration onContinue reading “Government Affairs: Nation”

Government Affairs Update: Nation

      February 20, 2019 NAR Defends AHPs Since the new Congress began, a number of Congressional Committees have held health care related hearings focused on issues ranging from pre-existing conditions to short-term health plans. In some of these hearings, the matter of Association Health Plans (AHPs) has come up, which NAR through itsContinue reading “Government Affairs Update: Nation”

Government Affairs Update: Nation

      February 7, 2019 NAR Pushes for Condo Rules On Wednesday, January 30, NAR President John Smaby strongly urged U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Carson to release the long-awaited final Federal Housing Administration (FHA) condominium rules. For the past several years, NAR has been advocating for a revision ofContinue reading “Government Affairs Update: Nation”

Government Affairs Update: National

January 25, 2019   NAR Releases 2019 Advocacy Agenda Based on the Federal Issues Survey results, and the current climate in Congress and the Administration, NAR has created its 2019 Federal Advocacy Agenda. The agenda includes the following topics: federal taxes and real estate, National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), association health plans (AHP), access to credit,Continue reading “Government Affairs Update: National”

Government Affairs Update: National

January 11, 2019 NAR Helps Secure FEMA Reversal In a critical win for home sales while the partial shutdown of the federal government is ongoing, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will issue and renew flood insurance policies, reversing a controversial ruling the agency released earlier this week. “FEMA and the Administration deserve credit for hearing our concernsContinue reading “Government Affairs Update: National”

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