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The EPA and Department of the Army signed a proposed rule revising the definition of "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS) to clarify federal authority under the Clean Water Act in a clear and understandable way.
NAR joined other industry organizations to discuss with officials of the Federal Bureau of Investigation the impact cybercrime is having on real estate transactions.
NAR is supporting and joining efforts initiated by the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) and the Urban Institute to address the continued low rate of African American Homeownership.
NAR participated in a roundtable hosted by the the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Justice for interested stakeholders on issues related to website accessibility, physical accessibility and service animals. NAR shared concerns related to clear website accessibility standards and some of the proposed requirements that ignore practical challenges.
NAR submitted comments to the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) in response to a proposal to raise the threshold for requiring an appraisal in commercial real estate transactions to $1,000,000 from the current level of $250,000. NAR believes an increase to $500,000 would be appropriate at this time.
NAR supported Ms. Kraninger’s confirmation as a thoughtful, experienced leader who will ensure necessary transparency of Bureau activities and rulemakings.
The House and Senate passed a two-week extension of the National Flood Insurance Program. By extending flood insurance as part of the continuing resolution, the next extension could be part of a long-term funding agreement, potentially running through September of next year.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a one-week extension of the National Flood Insurance Program, preventing lapse of this important program.
The Appraisal Foundation released a document examining best practices for requests to appraisers for a reconsideration of a completed appraisal.
The House and Senate extension prevents a lapse in this critically important insurance.