On Jan. 30, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), in the wake of data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus, reintroduced a bill aimed at curbing that threat. This marks Rockefeller's third effort at data security legislation.
The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, S. 1926, passed by the Senate this afternoon is the time-out Realtors® first advocated when dramatic flood insurance premium increases went into effect on October 1, 2013.
On Jan. 30, 2014, the United States Senate voted 67-32 to approve the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act (S. 1926), sponsored by Senators Menendez (D-NJ) and Isakson (R-GA).
NAR commends President Obama for highlighting two key policy reforms during his State of the Union address tonight that support the future of homeownership and the business of real estate.
Realtors® applaud the Senate for moving to consider and debate the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which will help the millions of homeowners who are now facing dramatic flood insurance rate increases.
On December 31, 2013 the Mortgage Cancellation Tax Relief will expire. NAR has been working with Congress since early this year to extend this important real estate tax provision. Without an extension, homeowners who have any amount of a mortgage forgiven by a lender either in a short sale or foreclosure would be subject to paying “phantom income tax” on the amount of the forgiveness.
On Jan. 16, 2014, NAR joined with a group of 18 other real estate associations in sending a comment letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) regarding a staff discussion draft released by the Committee on Nov. 21, 2013.
On Jan. 16, 2014, Congress passed the Omnibus Appropriations Bill (H.R. 3547) to fund the federal government through Sept. 30, 2014.
On Jan. 14, 2014, NAR submitted a statement for the record to the U.S. House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit hearing on "How Prospective and Current Homeowners will be Harmed by the CFPB's Qualified Mortgage Rule."
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.