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NAR Signs Onto Lease Coalition Letter

May 7, 2012: 

A coalition of real estate and other business organizations (including NAR) wrote to the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) reaffirming their calls for an economic impact study, extensive field testing, and full re-exposure of the entire lease accounting proposal — with the goal of creating a standard that will meet the tests of the marketplace and fulfill the needs of all stakeholders.

NAR, IREM Send Coalition Letter to FHA on Private Transfer Fees

May 7, 2012: 

This week the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) and the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) sent an industry coalition letter to Acting Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Commissioner, Carol Galante, asking the agency to adopt a private transfer fee rule in harmony with the final rule recently adopted by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).

U.S. Reviews Which Waters Are in Its Jurisdiction

May 7, 2012: 

The Obama administration is currently reviewing a controversial guidance document that it says will clarify what waters of the U.S. are under federal jurisdiction.

FHA Preforeclosure Webinar Series for REALTORS®

May 7, 2012: 

FHA is offering a series of eight regional Webinars to ensure real estate agents and their clients have the most up-to-date information on the HUD pre-foreclosure program and other resources available to reduce foreclosures for borrowers.

NAR Signs Letter Urging Changes to Government Travel Rules

May 4, 2012: 

NAR has signed on to a letter by ASAE, The Center for Association Leadership, which urges Congress to make changes to legislation approved in late April that places severe restrictions on government employee attendance at meetings and conferences, including those held by trade associations.

How 6 Recent Cases Affect Your Business: Recorded Webinar

May 4, 2012: 

State and federal courts have recently decided—or are considering—a number of significant real estate cases. In this webinar recording from April 19, 2012, NAR's legal experts explain some of the most important issues on court dockets and what their implications are for your business.

House Passes Cybersecurity Legislation

April 30, 2012: 

On April 26th, the House passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA.) The legislation would allow the government to relay cyber threat information to a company to prevent cyber attacks.

House Committee Passes Bill to Make ARMs Permanent

April 30, 2012: 

Last week, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs passed H.R. 4482, which would make VA ARM and hyrid ARM products permanent. Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs) are especially useful loan products for active duty military.

Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing

April 26, 2012: 

This paper examines home ownership and the impact of stable housing on social outcomes.

FHFA Announces New Short Sale Directive

April 23, 2012: 

On April 17, 2012, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced a new directive as part of FHFA’s continued servicing alignment initiative that directs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to align their guidelines for servicing delinquent mortgages they own or guarantee.

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