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Housing Relief for Veterans, Servicemembers, and Responsible Homeowners Announced

March 12, 2012: 

The Obama Administration announced two initiatives to help homeowners and their families. The Administration is reducing fees for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) borrowers seeking to refinance and providing relief to servicemembers and veterans.

NAR Submits Comment Letter on Streamlining CFPB Rules on Seller Financing

March 12, 2012: 

On March 5, 2012, NAR President Moe Veissi submitted comments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on efforts to streamline regulations inherited by the CFPB.

Is a Potential Short Sale a 'Pertinent Fact'?

March 10, 2012: 

Does the Code of Ethics require disclosure of a possible short sale?

Older member outreach to build tech skills

March 6, 2012: 

It’s not surprising to learn that the members who are least likely to adapt to new technology are those who have been successfully practicing real estate for 30 years or more. Often, these members have to be pushed to register for classes online, take the online ethics course, pay dues online with a credit card, or visit your Web site to print out new resources like forms and PDF brochures. Below are some tips for getting your “seasoned” members to use technology, and maybe even embrace it.

Treasury Department Holding Short Sale Outreach Event for Real Estate Professionals

March 5, 2012: 

Starting March 20th and 22nd, 2012, the Treasury Department, in collaboration with the National Association of REALTORS®, will hold Making Home Affordable “Help for Homeowners” outreach events in California.

NAR Members Meet with Federal Officials on REO to Rental Plans

March 5, 2012: 

On February 29, key members of NAR committees and leadership met with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and other federal agencies to address the REO to Rental Initiative announced earlier in the week (see separate item). The purpose of this meeting was to express NAR's ongoing concerns about the implementation of the plan to dispose of government owned foreclosed properties by making them available for rental.

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