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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.

Obama Recommends Extension of Tax Relief

February 20, 2012: 

President Obama's FY 2013 Budget, presented to Congress February 13, includes a recommendation that Congress extend the mortgage cancellation tax relief provisions

NAR Adopts Broader Valuation Policy

February 20, 2012: 

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) continues its holistic approach to valuing real property with the adoption of its Responsible Valuation Policy. The document is the culmination of NAR’s efforts to consider all methods of valuing real property.

USDA Unveils Rural Refinance Pilot

February 13, 2012: 

The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development announced a pilot refinance program for the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP).

Treasury Department Holding Short Sale Outreach Event for Real Estate Professionals

February 13, 2012: 

Starting February 22, 2012, the Treasury Department, in collaboration with the National Association of REALTORS®, will hold Making Home Affordable “Help for Homeowners” outreach events across the country.

House Subcommittee Passes Section 8 Reform Bill

February 13, 2012: 

Last week the Insurance and Housing Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee passed a the "Affordable Housing and Self-Sufficiency Improvement Act of 2012" (AHSSIA, no bill number).

NAR Supports Internet Sales Tax Fairness

February 13, 2012: 

On February 1, 2012, NAR, along with dozens of other organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee as well as a letter to the Chairman of the Committee (Sen. Baucus, D-MT) asking for support of S.1832, the Marketplace Fairness Act.

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