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On April 23, 2014, the National Association of REALTORS® signed onto a coalition letter urging the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to harmonize its regulatory treatment of transfer fee covenants with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).
On April 15, 2014, FEMA issued a WYO Company Bulletin implementing the first provisions of the Flood Insurance Affordability Act and providing immediate rate relief to homebuyers.
Recently released final regulations under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) recognize “qualified real estate agents” as non-employees for purposes of the “Shared Responsibility for Employers” provisions of the new health care law.
On Thursday, Apr. 10th, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced S. 2244, a bill to reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), currently set to expire at the end of 2014, for seven more years.
On April 1, NAR launched its first ever Twitter call for action.
On April 2, 2014, President Steve Brown sent a letter to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with concerns about the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) high annual mortgage insurance premiums and mortgage insurance that is required for the life of the loan.
NAR President Steve Brown met with the Director of the National Flood Insurance Program on April 1, 2014 to discuss issues related to implementing the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act (HFIAA) that was recently signed into law.
On Monday March 31, 2014 the CFPB issued its RESPA/TILA small business compliance guide.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) ( “the agencies”) published a proposed rule on March 25, 2014 that seeks to clarify which streams, wetlands and other waters are considered “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) and subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act (CWA).
On March 24, 2014, six federal agencies issued a joint proposed rule to implement minimum requirements for state registration and supervision of appraisal management companies (AMCs).