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NAR Comments on Appraiser Qualifications

Published Saturday, May 13, 2017
On May 9, 2017, NAR submitted a comment letter to the Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) in response to the Third Exposure Draft concerning proposed changes to the AQB's Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria. NAR agreed with the AQB's removal of the degree requirement for licensed residential appraisers, the basic appraiser qualification, more»

House Passes Health Reform Bill

Published Saturday, May 6, 2017
On Thursday, May 4, 2017, the House approved H.R. 1638, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on a vote of 217 – 213. All of the Democratic Representatives and 20 Republicans opposed the bill. The legislation replaces some provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration. The outlook for the bill in the Senate is more»

Register for the NAR Town Hall Webcast

Published Saturday, April 29, 2017
On May 10 at 2 PM EDT, NAR will conduct a live Town Hall Meeting for REALTORS® who are planning to attend the 2017 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo. NAR's Senior Vice President and Chief Lobbyist Jerry Giovaniello will be accompanied by NAR lobbyists highlighting the issues REALTORS® are to present during meetings in Capitol more»

E-Fairness Bills Introduced

Published Saturday, April 29, 2017
On Thursday, Apr. 27, both S. 976, "The Marketplace Fairness Act," and H.R. 2193, "The Remote Transactions Parity Act," were introduced in the Senate and House. S. 976 is cosponsored by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND); H.R. 2193 is cosponsored by Representatives Kristi more»

Small Business & Economic Growth Hearing

Published Saturday, April 29, 2017
On Thursday, Apr. 27, the House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access held a hearing: “Small Business: The Key to Economic Growth.” During the hearing, Members and the witness panel discussed the ways that small businesses contribute to the U.S. economy, through the creation of jobs and contributions to the GDP, more»

VA Reconsiders Limits on Fees

Published Saturday, April 15, 2017
On April 13, 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking regarding revisions to allowable charges and fees associated with VA guaranteed home loans. In recent years, the VA has received complaints from veterans and other stakeholders, including REALTORS®, that restrictions on the charges and fees VA more»

NAR Publishes Co-Marketing Do's and Don'ts

Published Wednesday, April 12, 2017
NAR has published a list of Do’s and Don’ts for real estate professionals when engaging in co-marketing activities via social media and other web-based marketing tools. The educational piece is intended to help real estate professionals comply with the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) when co-marketing. Disclaimer: This document more»

NAR Testifies on VA Appraisals

Published Saturday, April 8, 2017
On April 4, 2017, Michelle Bradley, the 2016 NAR Real Property Valuation Committee Chair, testified before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs – Economic Opportunity Subcommittee at a hearing entitled “Assessing VA Approved Appraisers And How To Improve The Program For The 21st Century.” In the past year, the Department of more»
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