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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).

The Senate Banking Committee held a hearing on "The Reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program." NAR submitted a statement for the record for the hearing which expressed strong support for TRIP, and urged the Committee to enact a long-term reauthorization without disrupting the program.

NAR remains invested in protecting access to Association Health Plans (AHPs) and supporting state and local associations? pursuit of these plans as an affordable and comprehensive health insurance benefit for REALTORSŪ and their families.

Five federal regulatory agencies - the Federal Reserve, FDIC, OCC, Farm Credit and National Credit Union Administrations - published final regulations clarifying lender acceptance of private flood insurance. These rules will take effect on July 1.

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.

NAR participated in an industry conference focused on ?The Changing State of Play for Association Health Plans (AHPs),? with numerous national and state trade associations interested in or already pursuing AHPs.

The House Financial Services Committee passed the Corporate Transparency Act of 2019 (H.R. 2513). This Act requires limited liability companies (LLCs) and s-corporations formed under state law to disclose beneficial ownership information to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).

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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