The Washington Report covers legislative and regulatory policy activities, and is compiled by NAR's Advocacy Group policy staff. To receive this content via email, subscribe to NAR's Member's Edge newsletter.
On Tuesday February 21, 2012 the Federal Housing Finance Agency released a blueprint for further reforms of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (GSEs).
On February 15, 2012, the National Association of REALTORS® met with representatives from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the government-sponsored enterprises or GSEs), and GSE regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Administration, toidentify issues impeding the short sale process.
The proposed fiscal year 2013 budget for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) includes information on upcoming premium increases for the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).
The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) continues its holistic approach to valuing real property with the adoption of its Responsible Valuation Policy. The document is the culmination of NAR’s efforts to consider all methods of valuing real property.
Borrowers who faced foreclosure in 2009 or 2010 may be eligible for a free independent review of their foreclosures and they now have until July 31, 2012 to make a request for that review.
On Thursday, January 26, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) published in the Federal Register an "Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking" (ANPR) requesting information and comments on Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs.
President Obama's FY 2013 Budget, presented to Congress February 13, includes a recommendation that Congress extend the mortgage cancellation tax relief provisions
On February 16, 2012, a coalition of several leading commercial real estate organizations, including NAR, released a report that examines the economic impact of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and Financial Accounting Standards Board’s proposed lease accounting standard.
On February 15, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously adopted new restrictions on autodialed and prerecorded telemarketing calls, commonly referred to as “robocalls.” The action is designed to harmonize the FCC's Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) rules with the Federal Trade Commission's Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR.)
On February 1, 2012, NAR, along with dozens of other organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee as well as a letter to the Chairman of the Committee (Sen. Baucus, D-MT) asking for support of S.1832, the Marketplace Fairness Act.