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NAR Applauds FHA’s “Smart Step” on Energy Efficient Loans

The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced earlier this week that the Federal Housing Administration will no longer insure properties with Property Assessed Clean Energy assessments, winning praise from the National Association of Realtors®. “FHA’s PACE announcement is a smart...

Counselors of Real Estate Highlight Challenges for Industry

Each year, the Counselors of Real Estate offers its insights on the factors, trends and issues that are shaping the residential and commercial real estate industries. CRE’s analysis offers insights into opportunities and challenges facing real estate professionals, as...
November 5, 2017

Steve Schmidt Decries Political Environment as Tax Reform Looms

To hear political expert Steve Schmidt tell it, America’s political system is more broken than ever. Schmidt told a packed room at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Chicago that “our political system today precludes the ability to get...

NAR President Reminds Tax Reform Proponents That Homeownership is a “Common Interest”

When the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board referred to the National Association of Realtors® as a “greedy” lobby for special interests in the tax reform debate, NAR President William E. Brown offered a swift response. “Defending middle-class homeowners isn’t...
October 31, 2017

Expert: There’s Only One Way to Remain “100 Percent” Cyber Secure

National Association of Realtors® Associate Counsel Jessica Edgerton this week offered a Facebook Live audience what she called “a 100 percent, surefire way that business owners can protect their computer from cybercrime.” Edgerton good-humoredly recommended closing the computer forever,...
September 21, 2017

Homeownership Incentives Vigorously Defended at Senate Finance Committee

With talk of tax reform heating up on Capitol Hill, the National Association of Realtors® is offering a full-throated defense of tax incentives that promote homeownership. Iona Harrison, chair of NAR’s federal taxation committee, testified before the Senate Finance...
September 14, 2017

With Congress Back from Recess, Realtors® Call for Action on Flood Insurance

In less than one month, authorization for the National Flood Insurance Program Expires. The National Association of Realtors® is raising alarm bells about the potential effect on homeowners, consumers, and commercial property owners, with a note to Congress that...
September 5, 2017

NAR Leads Coalition to Confirm Pam Patenaude as Dept. HUD Secretary

It’s been four months since the White House announced Pam Patenaude as their selection for Deputy Secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, but with her nomination still pending before the U.S. Senate, a diverse group of...
September 5, 2017

Scammers Turn Sights on Realtors®

Realtors® have worked for years to make consumers aware of scams targeting real estate transactions. Now, scammers are turning their attention to Realtors® themselves. A recent alert from the Orlando Regional Realtor® Association warns of fraudulent letters from a...
August 7, 2017

In Two Months, the National Flood Insurance Program Expires

As the House and Senate continue their work to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program, the countdown to the program’s expiration continues as well. On September 30, the Federal Emergency Management Administration loses its authorization to write new flood...