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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.

House Opposes Clean Water Act Over-Regulation

September 12, 2014: 

On September 9, 2014, the House voted 262-152 to pass HR 5078, the ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Regulatory Overreach Protection Act by Reps.

Rural Housing Loan Processing Delays

September 11, 2014: 

Many states have experienced delayed processing times for the Single Family Rural Housing Direct and Guaranteed Loan Programs.

Rural Housing Eligibility Concerns

September 11, 2014: 

In Feb. 2014, President Obama signed H.R. 2642, the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the Farm Bill), to protect more than 900 communities that were at risk of losing access to federal rural housing programs.

NAR Meets with EPA on Lead Paint Concerns; Files Comments

September 5, 2014: 

NAR has been working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help guide the agency’s efforts to identify lead paint hazards in remodeling activities in commercial buildings.

FEMA Issues New Flood Insurance Manual

August 29, 2014: 

FEMA has updated THE manual which insurance companies use to write flood insurance policies.  The comprehensive manual provides answers to just about any question a REALTOR® or REALTOR® Association staffer may have regarding flood insurance, ranging from how condos are treated to rate tables as revised by the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act enacted earlier this year.

Elimination of FHA “Prepayment Penalty”

August 29, 2014: 

On August 26, 2014, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) issued its final rule to eliminate post-payment interest charges on FHA-insured single family mortgages.

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