The Real Estate Services (RES) Update is designed to keep diversified real estate firms and their agents informed about issues impacting their businesses. This monthly newsletter includes legislative and regulatory updates, news on industry trends, and the latest information on NAR activities as they affect diversified real estate firms.
On March 29, FEMA released information on changes to the policies and rates of the National Flood Insurance Program. Highlights of the changes, required under the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Bill that passed in 2012, include revised premium rates, a new Reserve Fund assessment, updated rates for non-primary residences, exclusion of certain properties from receiving subsidized premium rates and no extesnions of subsidy to new policies or lapsed policies.
On March 21, NAR played host to a gathering of representatives of government, REALTORS®, major lenders and e-signature service providers to discuss the slow and spotty acceptance of electronic signature technology in daily real estate business.
Last week Congress passed the Continuing Resolution, which funds the government for remainder of the fiscal year.
On Friday, March 15, 2013, NAR submitted comments to the Internal Revenue Service in connection with proposed regulations published on January 2, 2013, interpreting the Shared Responsibility for Employers Regarding Health Coverage requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
NAR President Gary Thomas last week testified before the Senate Banking Committee on the importance of FHA in housing markets.
The March 1 date for implementing across the board federal budget cuts arrived with no action to delay or forestall the cuts. The automatic reductions will affect most government programs and could result in periodic furloughs of government employees.