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Summary of New Qualified Mortgage (QM) Rule

January 11, 2013: 

NAR has been actively involved in shaping the debate and structure of the Qualified Mortgage (QM) Rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) created by the Dodd-Frank Reform Act.  NAR achieved a significant victory in obtaining a safe harbor in the QM rule for loans underwritten to the automated standards of Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac, the Federal Housing Authority, Veterans Administration and Rural Housing Service (within their respective loan limits) for up to seven years.

The REALTOR® Difference

January 9, 2013: 

Renting, buying or selling a home abroad can be complicated- very few countries have similar rules and regulations. A International REALTOR® Member (IRM) will be able to guide you through local laws, processes and paperwork.

NAR Honors the 2012 Top Global Business Councils

January 9, 2013: 

NAR has recognized 23 Global Business Councils as part of the 2012-2013 Global Business Council Achievement Program. Of those 23, four associations were given the Platinum Award, the program's highest distinction.

Congress Approves Loan for Superstorm Sandy Flooding

January 7, 2013: 

On Jan. 4, 2013, Congress approved nearly a $10 Billion increase in the National Flood Insurance Program's borrowing authority for Superstorm Sandy (HR 41).

A New Study from NAR and Google Highlights the Importance of the Internet in Home Buying and Selling

January 7, 2013: 

Read NAR and Google's study of the role of digital media in home buying and selling to help focus your marketing efforts.

Real Estate Provisions in the "Fiscal Cliff" Bill

January 4, 2013: 

On Jan. 1 both the Senate and House passed H.R. 8, legislation to avert the “fiscal cliff.”