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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is taking action to address lead contamination across America by inviting his colleagues and fellow Cabinet members to join with EPA in developing a federal strategy to reduce childhood lead exposure.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued the likely last notice in a series of Requests for Information (RFIs) examining how the agency handles consumer complaints and inquires.
US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the appointment of Joel Baxley as Rural Housing Service (RHS) Administrator.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the creation of a new, joint initiative to combat sexual harassment in housing.
NAR submitted a comment letter to the Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC) concerning Tri-Star Bank's request for appraisal relief in the Nashville area and surrounding counties.
The Trump administration on Monday, April 9 announced an agreement to encourage speedier approval of infrastructure proposals, requiring agencies to work together to reach permitting decisions in two years or less.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued another Request for Information (RFI) examining the agency’s consumer financial education programs, including topics, delivery channels, and use of technology.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) published a working paper entitled "Are Appraisal Management Companies Value-Adding? – Stylized Facts from AMC and Non-AMC Appraisals." The paper compared efficacy of appraisal management company (AMC) appraisals vs. non-AMC appraisals.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (collectively the Federal Banking Agencies) issued a final rule increasing the appraisal threshold for commercial real estate Federally Related Transactions from $250,000 to $500,000, $100,000 more than the increase in the 2017 proposed rule.
Russell Riggs and Adriann Murawski, staff executives for the National Association of REALTORS®, discussed the Trump Administration infrastructure plan in a recent Facebook Live event.