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Washington Report

The Washington Report covers legislative and regulatory policy activities, and is compiled by NAR's Government Affairs policy staff. To receive this content via email, subscribe to NAR's Weekly Report newsletter and check the "legislative & regulatory issues" box.

Rural Housing Eligibility Follow-Up

September 26, 2014: 

On September 26, 2014, NAR President Steve Brown sent a letter to USDA Secretary Vilsack in response to state REALTOR® associations’ concerns about community eligibility for rural housing loans

Scientists Question EPA’s Commercial Lead Paint Approach

September 26, 2014: 

Due to lack of data on actual real-world exposures, EPA has proposed a highly sophisticated alternative “framework” which instead would evaluate the probability that children might someday be exposed to lead paint dangers in a commercial building

House Passes 3% Cap Package

September 19, 2014: 

On September 16, 2014, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5461, a compendium of legislation that had already passed the House that includes H.R. 3211, The Mortgage Choice Act that addresses discrimination in the calculation of fees and points in the Qualified Mortgage Rule.

New CFPB Webinar on RESPA/TILA

September 19, 2014: 

On Wednesday October 1, 2014 at 2:00 PM EDT the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Federal Reserve will be hosting another webinar on the implementation of changes to the Real Estate Settlment Procedures Act (RESPA) and the Truth in Lending Act (TILA).

NAR Participates in FAA Working Group

September 12, 2014: 

NAR has been invited to participate in a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) working group on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs). NAR will educate FAA officials on how REALTORS® are interested in utilizing this technology safely and responsibly. Currently, the FAA prohibits the use of UASs for any commercial purpose, such as creating a video to sell property. The FAA is on track to propose regulations that will establish a timeframe for integrating small UASs into the national airspace. NAR supports regulations that would allow members to use this technology safely but that are not overly cumbersome or expensive.

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