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Washington Report

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.

April 12, 2013
NAR wrote a letter to the EPA about lead paint hazard regulation in public and commercial buildings following renovations and remodeling activities.
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.
March 29, 2013
After a brief suspension of activity caused by a lack of funding, the Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee program restarted on March 27, 2013.
March 29, 2013
NAR and other industry groups' letter to the Senate supporting proposed 2014 budget amendment S. 336, the Marketplace Fairness Act.
March 29, 2013
On March 27, 2013, the U. S. Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Development issued Administrative Notice (AN) 4711 regarding the use of 2010 Census data in the administration of direct loan, loan guarantee and grant programs across Rural Development programs.