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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.

FHA Budget Requests Treasury Draw

April 12, 2013: 

FHA may need $943 million from the Treasury to hold 30 years' worth of reserves.

NAR Submits Comments on Impact of Student Loan Debt

April 12, 2013: 

Growing student debt will impact the ability of consumers to access mortgage credit, particularly first time homebuyers.

Information Released on Flood Program Changes

April 5, 2013: 

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.

NAR Hosts E-Signature Summit

March 29, 2013: 

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.

Congress Grants Extension for Rural Communities

March 22, 2013: 

Last week Congress passed the Continuing Resolution, which funds the government for remainder of the fiscal year.

NAR Urges IRS to Recognize REALTORS® as Independent Contractors

March 15, 2013: 

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.

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