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On July 23, 2014, NAR testified on flood insurance before a Senate appropriations subcommittee.
NAR submitted comments on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) recent "Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft", which specifically mentioned REALTORS® use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for taking property videos as being a commercial use and therefore prohibited under FAA policy.
On Thursday, July 17, the Senate approved S. 2244, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2014, by a vote of 93-4.
NAR, as part of the Commercial Properties Coalition, recently filed the latest in a series of comment letters relating to efforts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate purported lead paint hazards that may arise from renovation and remodeling activities in public and commercial buildings.
On July 14, 2014, HUD issued Mortgagee Letter 2014-15 allowing dual agency agreements in FHA pre-foreclosure transactions.
In the House, several committees are holding oversight hearings on the “Waters of the U.S.” proposed rule by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers.