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NAR advocates on behalf of REALTORS® to foster a sound and dynamic U.S. real estate market that creates vibrant communities in which to live and work.

Find information on the issues, NAR's position, and how they affect REALTORS®, home buyers, and private property owners via the Federal Issues Tracker or navigate to specific topics:

Commercial Issues

Basel Capital Standards for Banks and Thrifts
Commercial Real Estate Lending
Forced Access
Lease Accounting
Real Estate Mortgage Investment Conduits (REMIC)
SBA Loans
Section 1031 Like-Kind Exchange
Tenants in Common

Environmental and Property Rights Issues

Clean Water Act
Endangered Species Act
Eminent Domain and Private Property Rights
Energy Efficiency
Lead Paint

Diversity and Fair Housing

Fair Housing Act
Disparate Impact
Marriage Equality & Real Estate

Federal Housing Issues

FHA Programs (Federal Housing Administration) (includes loan limits)
Homeownership Education and Counseling
Multifamily Housing Development & Insurance
Rural Housing Programs
Section 8 Voucher Reform
Valuation Issues Update
Veterans Affairs

Federal Tax Issues

Brownfields (Tax Deduction)
Capital Gains
Capital Gains—Carried Interests
Capital Gains Exclusion on Sale of Principal Residence
Depreciation—Tenant Improvements
Estate Tax Reform
Independent Contractor
Internet Sales Tax Fairness
Internet Tax Moratorium
Section 1031 Like-Kind Exchange
Mortgage ​Debt Cancellation Relief
Mortgage Interest Deduction
Tax Reform 

Financial and Credit Issues

Affiliated Business 3% Cap on Fees and Points
Basel Capital Standards for Banks and Thrifts
Condominium Approvals
Credit Policy
Government-Sponsored Enterprises
Identity Theft Red Flags and Address Discrepancies
Money Laundering/Terrorism Financing
Mortgage Assistance Relief Services (MARS) Rule
Mortgage Loan Limits
Qualified Mortgage (QM)
Qualified Residential Mortgage (QRM) and Risk Retention
SBA Loans
Seller Financing
Short Sales
Student Loan Debt



Immigration Issues

Visa—Tourism and Retirement
VisaSeasonal Workers

Insurance Issues

Health Care Reform
Insurance-Surplus Lines
National Flood Insurance Program
Natural Disaster Policy
Terrorism Insurance
Tort Reform—Class Action

Real Estate Transaction Procedures and Fees

Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA)
RESPA-TILA Harmonization
Real Estate Transfer Tax

Right of Ownership

Eminent Domain and Private Property Rights

State & Local Issues

Local Short-Term Rental Ordinances
Real Estate Transfer Tax
Sales Taxes on Services

Technology Issues

Broadband Access
Data Privacy and Security
Electronic Signatures and Authorizations
FCC Do Not Fax Rule
Net Neutrality
Patent Litigation Reform
Spam Email

Transportation Issues

Transportation Reauthorization Funding