On Nov. 10, 2014, President Obama asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take up the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality, the principle that says Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all internet traffic equally.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (The Corps) have issued a controversial proposed regulation that would place more water bodies under federal authority, which would result in more property rights violations, more time consuming and expensive permits, more regulatory red tape, and less economic development in communities across the country.
On Nov. 10, 2014, Fannie Mae published an update to its lender selling guide to improve and streamline its condo project approval process.
On Nov. 7, 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs issued new guidance that allows veterans to negotiate the payment of wood destroying insect inspection fees in select southern and western states.
NAR has recommended that members not use drones in their brokerage business while NAR works with the FAA in creating rules for their commercial use.
As part of a wide-ranging set of recommendations to raise the bar on REALTOR® professionalism, the NAR Board of Directors at its Nov. 10 meeting in New Orleans approved the drafting of a proposed aspirational Code of Excellence to be brought to the board at a future meeting for approval. The goal is to raise the practice of real estate measurably through increased training in the competencies that consumers value.