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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.

Extension of Mortgage Cancellation Relief Goes Forward

August 3, 2012: 

The Senate Finance Committee has crafted and sent to the full Senate a package that would extend the mortgage relief provision for an additional year, through December 31, 2013.

Senate Passes Foreign Investment Bill

August 3, 2012: 

The Senate passed S. 3245, which reauthorizes the EB-5 regional center program that allows foreign investors to channel investment funds into American businesses and developments for three years.

New Summary Explains the 3.8% Tax

August 3, 2012: 

NAR has prepared a new guide to explain in easy-to-understand language what REALTORS® need to know about the 3.8% tax and health care reform.

U.S. House Passes RESPA Home Warranty Clarification Act of 2011

August 2, 2012: 

The bipartisan legislation is designed to counter an erroneous Department of Housing and Urban Development interpretive rule that reversed decades of common understanding of RESPA.

NAR Submits Comments on FHFA’s Proposed Affordable Housing Goals

July 27, 2012: 

On July 26, 2012, NAR President Moe Veissi submitted comments to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA, the conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the GSEs)) on the proposed GSE affordable housing goals for 2012-2014.

NAR Submits Comments on Proposed Basel III Rules

July 27, 2012: 

On July 26, 2012, a coalition of organizations, including NAR, submitted comments to regulators regarding the proposed Basel III capital rules.

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