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.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) ( “the agencies”) published a proposed rule on March 25, 2014 that seeks to clarify which streams, wetlands and other waters are considered “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) and subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act (CWA).
On March 24, 2014, six federal agencies issued a joint proposed rule to implement minimum requirements for state registration and supervision of appraisal management companies (AMCs).
On March 21, 2014, President Obama signed the “Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act” into law.
On March 19, 2014, President Steve Brown wrote a letter to the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) about the significant drops in loan limits in some areas with revised Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) determinations.
On March 20, 2014, NAR President Steve Brown submitted comments on the Federal Housing Finance Agencies (FHFA) request for information on lowering the loan purchase limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises).
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) listened to NAR in producing the new RESPA/TILA rule.