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NAR sent a letter to Representative Gottheimer in support of provisions two through six of the Accurate Access to Credit Information Act of 2019.

NAR sends letter supporting bills that provide access to free credit scores and the ability to remedy errors in credit reports among other factors.

NAR staff participated in a congressional staff briefing hosted by the Main Street Privacy coalition to educate them on how main street businesses collect and handle customer data.

NAR sent comments to the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) in response to an advance notice of proposed rulemaking and request for public comment on the FHA Single-Family Loan Sale Program (the Program).

The Board of the Appraisal Subcommittee held a public meeting to determine action on a waiver of appraiser credentialing requirements for federally related transactions under $500,000 for 1-to-4 family residential real estate transactions and under $1,000,000 for agricultural and commercial real estate transactions throughout the State of North Dakota for a period of not less than five years.

President Trump signed an Executive Order that will focus on eliminating barriers that limit access to affordable housing: namely zoning laws, environmental regulations, building codes and lengthy building permit processes.

Landowners shouldn't have to jump through state-level hoops before heading to federal court to accuse the government of taking their property, the Supreme Court ruled in a decision that overturns a decades-old precedent.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its ?Mortgage Closing Scams? tools to inform consumers about wire fraud scams that commonly occur during closings.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service (RHS) published a final rule adopting changes to the RHS guaranteed and direct single family loan programs proposed in August 2018.

NAR participated in a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Policy Development & Research Stakeholder "HUDdle" on Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZs).

It?s unfortunate, but as a real estate professional you put yourself at risk when you meet someone for the first time. That?s why you should always meet a new customer at the office, not at the property. It?s also why you should let someone in your office know where you?re going, with whom, and when you plan to return.

To get in the spirit, we asked real estate professionals to share their creepiest stories from the field. Your clients may not want to know what?s lurking out there ? at least until All Hallows? Eve has passed ? but these real estate tales of terror could be fun to share with colleagues, friends, and family during this spooky time.

I attended a safety seminar at the National Association of REALTORSŪ building in Chicago on Monday, expecting to hear the same old thing: pay attention to your surroundings, keep your head out of your phone, watch people?s microexpressions, yadda yadda yadda.

It?s the witching month once again, and as Halloween approaches, now?s the time to tell tales of ghosts, goblins, and ghouls. But some scary stories aren?t fake ? and real estate professionals have some of the creepiest real-life anecdotes.

A couple of weeks ago, we asked our readers for their scariest experiences in the field, and the horrifying stories poured in. We ran a few of the most frightening, but we can?t get enough. Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, and to stay in the ?spirit? as long as we can, we?ve decided to bring you more of your fellow practitioners? freakiest moments on the job.

Tragedy can turn into opportunity to influence safer work practices in the real estate industry. In four high-profile cases involving agent homicides, REALTORSŪ used the moment to effect positive change.

NAR now offers a REALTORŪ Safety Network to notify members across the country of safety concerns and emergencies.

After a death in Anne Arundel County, Md., the local association considers new safety measures for members.

NAR surveyed members about their feelings of safety, their experiences, and precautions they take to protect themselves.

FEMA and NAR are partnering to raise awareness about disaster risks and the simple, proactive steps everyone can take to be better prepared. Together, we can build a culture of preparedness and ready the nation for catastrophic disasters. Each week presents a new theme with content to share on your websites, newsletters and social media pages. 

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