Washington Report

Advocacy Updates from Washington D.C.

The Washington Report covers legislative and regulatory policy activities, and is compiled by NAR's Government Affairs policy staff. To receive this content via email, subscribe to NAR's Weekly Report newsletter and check the "legislative & regulatory issues" box.

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On March 29, FEMA released information on changes to the policies and rates of the National Flood Insurance Program. Highlights of the changes, required under the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Bill that passed in 2012, include revised premium rates, a new Reserve Fund assessment, updated rates for non-primary residences, exclusion of certain properties from receiving subsidized premium rates and no extesnions of subsidy to new policies or lapsed policies.

On March 21, NAR played host to a gathering of representatives of government, REALTORS®, major lenders and e-signature service providers to discuss the slow and spotty acceptance of electronic signature technology in daily real estate business.

On March 27, 2013, the U. S. Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Development issued Administrative Notice (AN) 4711 regarding the use of 2010 Census data in the administration of direct loan, loan guarantee and grant programs across Rural Development programs.

On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, Representatives Bill Huizenga (R-MI) and David Scott (D-GA) reintroduced the Consumer Mortgage Choice Act, H.R.1077.  The legislation addresses the definition of fees and points in a mortgage transaction under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.  The definition is critical to determine whether a mortgage is a Qualified Mortgage (QM) which requires that fees and point not exceed 3%.

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