As a result of unprecedented commitments by private landowners to voluntary conservation agreements now in place in New Mexico and Texas that provide for the long-term conservation of the dunes sagebrush lizard, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the species does not need to be listed under the Endangered Species Act.
On June 11, 2012, a coalition of real estate organizations, including NAR, wrote to Reps. Tiberi (R-OH) and Neal (D-MA) thanking them for introducing H.R. 5746, the Update and Streamline REIT Act (U.S. REIT Act).
In the Inflation Watch Series, NAR Research focuses on the price level. We monitor measures of inflation that affect the business of REALTORS® and summarize their impact, highlighting areas of potential concern in a brief, polished presentation. Released monthly, Inflation Watch enables REALTORS® to gain the insight needed to confidently discuss this important market factor with other professionals and clients.
Sixty-nine Members of the House of Representatives wrote to the FHA last week, asking them to loosen restrictions on the sale of condominiums.
In this June 2012 Legal Affairs podcast, attorney Phil Schulman reviews the Freeman v. Quicken Loans, Inc. decision by the Supreme Court of the United States and what it means for real estate brokerages and their administrative fees.
Late last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled favorably on a case involving unearned fees under Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). While the ruling was about mortgage lending, it has direct implications for real estate brokerages and the transparency of settlement service fees.
In this week's President's Podcast, 2012 NAR President Moe Veissi welcomes Vice President and Liaison to Government Affairs Scott Louser and Bank of America Executive Matt Vernon.
NAR sent a letter to Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) supporting the "Homeownership Preservation Education Act of 2012".
The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) President Moe Veissi sent a letter to the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinski asking the agency to offer a Veterans Renovation Pilot Program similar to the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) 203(k) Program.
On Thursday May 31, 2012, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it would be seeking additional information on loan performance with regard to Debt to Income (DTI) ratios and a few other factors.