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Realtors® Are Watching New Lending Rules

January 17, 2014: 

When banks weren’t approving mortgage loans and would-be homebuyers were denied access to credit, Realtors® called on policy makers to take steps to loosen the tight credit environment.

NAR Seeking Members Contacted by Patent Trolls

January 17, 2014: 

Have you received a demand letter from a “patent troll”? We want to hear from you.

FHA Condo Insurance Requirement Waiver

January 17, 2014: 

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has temporarily waived the blanket hazard, flood, liability and other insurance requirements in Mortgagee Letter 2011-22 for Manufactured Housing, Detached and Common Interest Housing Projects.

OMB Questions EPA Water Rule

January 17, 2014: 

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has reportedly requested that EPA clarify whether the "significance" of a connection between smaller waterbodies and larger downstream waters marks a technical or policy issue -- echoing questions raised by a coalition of regulated stakeholders, including NAR, who are concerned that the agency may not be adequately weighing the issue as it works to clarify jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

Elements of Net Neutrality Order Overturned

January 17, 2014: 

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled January 14 that key elements of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) 2010 Open Internet Order are invalid.

The Time is Now: Top Priorities in 2014

January 14, 2014: 

As we start the New Year, 2014 NAR President Steve Brown wants you to know your NAR leadership hasn’t wasted single moment in determining priorities for 2014, including advocacy priorities during a pivotal election year. Find out what they are in his latest podcast.

CFPB Seeks Comment on Improving Closings

January 10, 2014: 

The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) is asking the public for comments about the real estate transaction closing process.

Senators Boost Flood Insurance 'Time Out'

January 8, 2014: 

NAR-backed legislation to push the pause button on destabilizing changes to federal flood insurance costs took a strong step toward passage in the U.S. Senate yesterday when a large bipartisan group of senators announced their effort to bring the bill to a vote.

Realtors®, CFPB to Monitor Impacts of New Mortgage Rule

January 7, 2014: 

New mortgage lending rules to protect consumers from risky loan products will take effect this Friday, and Realtors® will be on the front lines as homebuyers access safer mortgages that meet strong underwriting standards.

FHA Loan Limits Appeals Extended

December 27, 2013: 

On Dec. 20, 2013, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced a 25-day extension for communities who wish to request a change to high cost area loan limits.

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