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  • NAR Comments on GSE Appraisal Waivers

    On September 12, 2017, NAR sent a letter to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), as well as to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (collectively the GSEs), commenting on the recent decision by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to allow for data-based valuations rather than traditional in-person appraisals in certain purchase transactions. Given recent complaints of long appraisal wait times and a lack of appraisers in certain areas of the country, NAR is supportive of innovations in the appraisal field that would help alleviate some of these issues and help the real estate market function... Read More

  • HUD Nominee Approved

    The Senate confirmed Pam Patenaude as Deputy Secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by a vote of 80-17. NAR is a strong supporter of Ms. Patenaude, and just last week coordinated a letter of more than 60 groups urging her vote. Ms. Patenaude had vast expience in the housing industry, having worked at HUD, the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority, and the Urban Land Institute-Terwilliger Foundation. NAR looks forward to working with her at HUD on a number of objectives to promote access to affordable housing.

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  • Advocates Urge Vote on HUD Nominee

    NAR and a coalition of 60 groups sent a letter to the Senate leadership this week, urging a vote on Pam Patenaude to be Deputy Secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Ms. Patenaude was reported favorably by the Senate Banking Committee back in June, but her vote has not come to the Senate Floor. Ms. Patenaude previously worked at HUD, and at the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority. Both these experiences could contribute greatly to the work of HUD today. Signers to the letter, spearheaded by NAR, include the National Association of Home Builders, the... Read More

  • FHA Extends Temporary Condominium Guidance

    On Aug. 30, 2017, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released Mortgagee Letter 2017-13, Extension of Temporary Approval Provisions for the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Condominium Project Approval Process, which extends the current temporary guidelines on condominium projects until HUD publishes and implements the Final Rule of Condominium Project Approval. The Final Rule will be incorporated into the Condominium Project Approval Section of HUD Handbook 4000.1.

    In response to the extension of the temporary condominium guidelines, NAR sent a... Read More

  • Committee Approves ADA Reform Bill

    On Thursday, Sept. 7, the House Judiciary Committee held a markup of H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, sponsored by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX). The Judiciary Committee, led by Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI) considered the legislation, which adds a "notice-and-cure" provision to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), giving businesses an opportunity to fix alleged violations before a suit can be filed against them. It also creates an education program between the Department of Justice, states/local governments, and businesses to... Read More

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