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Health Care Reform: A Guide to Your Coverage Options

November 18, 2013: 

If you’re one of the approximately 48 million Americans without health insurance, the time to look at your options and make a decision for 2014 is right around the corner. The law gives you a number of ways to get coverage and also makes resources available to you through your state and the federal government.

False Facebook Post on Health Care Reform

November 17, 2013: 

A false Facebook post is making the rounds claiming that if you don’t pay the penalty for not buying health insurance, the IRS can file a lien against your home.

NAR Submits Comments on Draft Water Report

November 15, 2013: 

The EPA and the Corps of Engineers have released a draft scientific report In support of an anticipated proposed rule that would purport to regulate all waters of the U.S.

Political Experts Offer Divergent Views on Fannie, Freddie Reform

November 9, 2013: 

The contentious debate over the future of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration single-family mortgage insurance program may grow to a fever pitch in the coming months, but no meaningful Congressional action is in sight according to two of the nation’s leading housing finance policy experts.

Flood Insurance Rate Uncertainty Has Far-reaching Effects on Real Estate Market

November 9, 2013: 

Uncertainty surrounding drastic increases in flood insurance premiums for coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program is negatively impacting transactions and the nation’s real estate recovery.

Overly Restrictive FHA Rules Making it Harder for Consumers to Buy, Sell Condos

November 9, 2013: 

While the Federal Housing Administration has loosened its condominium approval requirements in recent years, many properties continue to struggle to meet overly stringent criteria and the majority of properties are being denied.

Federal Housing Administration Leaders Optimistic for Future

November 8, 2013: 

The Federal Housing Administration is at a critical crossroads, but with the best performing books of business in its 80-year history, FHA is prepared for the future.

NAR Testifies on GSE Reform

November 1, 2013: 

On Oct. 29, 2013, NAR President Gary Thomas testified at a U.S. Senate Banking Committee hearing entitled, "Housing Finance Reform: Essentials of a Functioning Housing Finance System for Consumers."

Flood Insurance Affordability Bill Introduced

November 1, 2013: 

On Oct. 29, 2013, Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) introduced the NAR-supported “Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act” (S. 1610), to delay unintended rate increases under the Biggert-Waters law and its implementation.

Risk Retention Re-proposal Trade Letter

November 1, 2013: 

On Oct. 30, real estate and finance industry groups, including NAR, sent a joint trade letter the agencies responsible for the QRM rules (the Federal Reserve, FDIC, HUD, SEC, Department of the Treasury, and the FHFA) regarding commercial real estate elements of the re-proposed rule on credit risk retention ("the Re-proposal").

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