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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.

Government Mandates Housing Fee Increases to Help Pay-for Benefits Extensions

January 16, 2012: 

At the conclusion of 2011, Congress passed and forwarded to the President for his signature the “Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011”. The primary purpose of this legislation was to extend temporarily: (1) payroll tax relief, (2) unemployment compensation provisions, and (3) healthcare provisions. The estimated costs of the temporary extensions is $192.5 billion.

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Wetlands Case

January 16, 2012: 

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Sackett v. U.S. EPA on January 9, 2012. The arguments presented by both lawyers elicited spirited discussion among the Justices. Experienced court watchers expect a decision in this case in late spring.

The American Clean Energy and Security Act

January 13, 2012: 

In the 111th Congress, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act by Reps. Waxman (D‐CA) and Markey (D‐MA).

Following NAR's long‐standing policy to only take a position on legislation, or provisions within legislation that have a direct effect on real estate, NAR worked with our Congressional allies to strip the Energy Bill of provisions that would have adversely affected our industry. The bill died in the Senate in 2010 and is not likely to be reintroduced this Congress.

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