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EPA Publishes "Framework" for Possible Lead Rule

May 30, 2014: 

EPA is seeking public comment on the “Framework for Identifying and Evaluating Lead-Based Paint Hazards from Renovation, Repair, and Painting Activities in Public and Commercial Buildings.”

CFPB issues $500,000 RESPA Fine

May 30, 2014: 

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a consent agreement and $500,000 fine to a real estate firm for inadequate disclosure language in an affiliated business disclosure.

Realtors® Back HUD and OMB Nominees Julián Castro and Shaun Donovan

May 28, 2014: 

NAR President Steve Brown has released a statement saying that Realtors® applaud the nominations of Julián Castro and Shaun Donovan as heads of HUD and OMB, respectively.

Patent Litigation Reform Dies in the Senate

May 23, 2014: 

On May 21, Senate Judiciary Chairman, Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced that he would pull the patent litigation bill that has been under discussion for the past several months from the committee’s agenda.

FCC Propose New Net Neutrality Rules

May 23, 2014: 

On May 15, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 to open for public debate new rules meant to guarantee an open Internet.

NAR Urges Support on Rural Loans

May 23, 2014: 

NAR President Steve Brown sent letters to both the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture last week, urging support for Rural Housing Service (RHS) loans.

Why Congress Should Care About Middle Class Home Ownership

May 23, 2014: 

In a May 21 article appearing in Roll Call, 2014 NAR President Steve Brown urged Congress to focus on policy that stems the decline in middle class home ownership.

NAR Launches Privacy/Data Security Training

May 23, 2014: 

REALTOR® University recently launched a 4 hour online training course for REALTORS® and Association and MLS staff on privacy and data security.

FHFA Plans To Increase Credit; Leaves Loan Limits Unchanged

May 19, 2014: 

Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt made his first public speech addressing FHFA’s strategic plan for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that improves liquidity in the present single-family housing finance market.

FHA Blueprint for Access

May 16, 2014: 

On May 13, 2014, FHA released its “Blueprint for Access” which offers a pilot housing counseling program as well as enhanced quality assurance measures.  FHA hopes these efforts will expand access to credit for underserved borrowers.

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