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 Weekly Report newsletter and check the "legislative & regulatory issues" box.
NAR recently co-founded a broad multi-industry coalition (ranging from state Farm Bureaus to NFIB) to promote and preserve the Department of Labor (DOL) final rule expanding access to Association Health Plans (AHPs).
NAR, in coalition with other real estate industry groups, joined a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Leadership opposing legislative efforts to undermine the Supreme Court's ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair, the case decided in June 2018 which gives states the authority to require online sellers to collect and remit sales tax.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service (RHS) released proposed changes to the single-family direct and guaranteed loan and grant programs.
On September 5, 2018, the U.S. House passed H.R. 1635, the "Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act."
On September 5, 2018, NAR issued a press release to reflect on the 10 year anniversary of the Conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
On August 21, 2018, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (Enterprises) are ending their single-family rental pilot programs.
HUD announced that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has once again extended the foreclosure moratorium for borrowers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands affected by Hurricane Maria.
NAR sent a letter to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee for their hearing on pending legislation. The NAR letter expressed concerns with H.R. 299, the "Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2018".
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule expanding short-term, limited-duration health insurance (STLDI), a type of health insurance typically used to fill gaps in coverage when individuals are transitioning between policies, such as in between jobs.
The U.S. Department of Treasury issued the latest in a series of reports aimed at improving regulation of the U.S. financial system. NAR provided feedback to Treasury earlier this year on this initiative, highlighting a number of topics of importance to REALTORS®.