Legal Archive

50 years of Fair Housing Commemorated

NAR’s yearlong commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act is underway.  The legislation, which first passed in 1968, prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status and national origin. For decades, Realtors® have raised...
February 21, 2018

Tips for Staying Cyber Secure on National Computer Safety Day

Since computers became a commonplace in business in the 1980’s, security and safety measures have been crucial in order to keep intellectual property protected. In today’s age, with the use of many different mobile devices and technology platforms, scammers...
November 30, 2017

Detailed Data Can Help Curb Condo Confusion

Agents, appraisers and lenders discussed the importance of being educated on the specifics of a condominium building or project when selling a condo unit, during a panel yesterday at the 2017 REALTORS® Conference & Expo. During the panel “Dispelling...

NAR Explores Top Reasons for Choosing a Career in Real Estate

On Wednesday, the National Association of Realtors® released a new research report, Choosing a Career in Real Estate: A Perspective on Gender, Race and Ethnicity.  The report was developed to discover how and why Realtors® chose real estate as...
October 19, 2017

NAR Weighs In On ‘Know Before You Owe’ Fixes

This week marked the deadline for comments on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed fixes for the ‘Know Before You Owe Rule,’ and National Association of Realtors® President Tom Salomone weighed in to highlight Realtors®’ concerns. In a letter to...

Salomone: PHH Decision Offers “Much-Needed Clarity”

In a decision that has the potential to change the landscape on marketing service agreements between a real estate brokerage and settlement service providers, the DC Court of Appeals ruled today that payments for bona fide services provided and made...

Appraiser Concerns Addressed with Single Family Handbook Update

Appraisers are well-suited to offering an objective home valuation, but testing appliances is a job best left to a home inspector. That was the message Realtors® sent earlier this year when the Federal Housing Administration’s “Single Family Housing Policy...
October 5, 2016

Realtors® Mark Know Before You Owe Anniversary with Survey Showing Challenges Remain:

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s “Know Before You Owe” rules went into effect one year ago today, and according to fresh survey data from the National Association of Realtors®, there’s still work ahead to get it right. “Looking back...

With Settlement, Realtors® Claim Patent Abuse Victory

When several real estate businesses complained of overly broad patent-infringement lawsuits, the National Association of Realtors® stepped up. Data Distribution Technologies, a subsidiary of the patent enforcement firm General Patent Corporation, engaged the businesses over the past year disputing...
September 20, 2016

Highlights from the REALTORS® 2016 Legislative Meetings and Expo

The REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo happens every May in Washington, D.C. The event is an opportunity for NAR members to take an active role to advance the real estate industry, including weighing in on important public policy...
May 19, 2016