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GSE Reform Heats Up

January 23, 2012: 

Since the market downturn several years ago lawmakers in Washington have been talking about reforming the secondary mortgage market but nothing has come out of Congress yet. This year, though, a lot of progress is expected to be made toward reform, so it will be especially important for real estate brokers and sales associates to stay engaged in what’s happening, particularly this spring. Learn what to expect on reform in this video with NAR analyst Tony Hutchinson.

NAR Pushes Servicers on Freddie Short Sale Affidavit Updates

January 23, 2012: 

On Jan. 5, 2011, NAR reached out to Bank of America and Freddie Mac regarding inconsistencies in Bank of America’s implementation of required changes to Freddie Mac’s mandatory short sale affidavit.

Online Piracy Bills Debated

January 23, 2012: 

This week two federal online piracy bills garnered significant media attention when a number of popular websites went dark in opposition to the legislation. The bills, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) H.R. 3261 and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) S. 968 are intended to address the problem of foreign websites that facilitate the downloading of digital content like movies and music.

GAO Releases Report on Appraisal Subcommittee

January 23, 2012: 

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released their report on real estate appraisals “Appraisal Subcommittee Needs to Improve Monitoring Procedures” as required per Dodd-Frank.

Government Affairs Directory

January 18, 2012: 

Our staff can be reached by phone or e-mail. Our staff directory is sorted by name, area, and legislative/regulatory issue.

Government Affairs Directory (by first name)

Government Affairs Directory (by functional area)
Management, Programs, Legislative and Political Representatives by State/Territory

Government Affairs Directory (by issue)
Affordable Housing, FHA, RESPA, Banking in Commerce, Terrorism Insurance, Natural Disaster Policy, GSEs, Tax Reform, etc.

Legal Affairs Podcast

January 17, 2012: 

Data Privacy and Security

January 17, 2012: 

Home Ownership Matters

January 17, 2012: 

NAR Meets with HUD REO Staff

January 16, 2012: 

This week the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) met with senior staff for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Real Estate Owned (REO) Department.

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