2017 National Advocacy

 

 

NAR advocates on behalf of REALTORS® to foster a sound and dynamic U.S. real estate market that creates vibrant communities in which to live and work.

May 17: Your Opportunity to Meet with Delaware’s Congressional Delegation

U.S. Senators Carper and Coons as well as Representative Blunt Rochester are expected to attend a meeting with Delaware’s Realtors® during the National Association of Realtors Midyear Legislative Meetings in Washington D.C. The meeting will run from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Russell Senate Office Building, Room 325, the Kennedy Caucus Room—one of the grandest and most historic rooms in the nation’s capital.  All three local Realtor® associations in Delaware will be taking buses to provide members with free transportation to attend. Contact your local association for details or consider carpooling to D.C.!

Talking Points

The links below will lead you to the talking points for the 2017 Legislative meetings:

Tax Reform

National Flood Insurance Program

Protect Sustainable Homeownership

If You Go

Before entering the Capitol Visitor Center, all visitors are screened by a magnetometer and all items that are permitted inside the building are screened by an x-ray device. The following items are strictly prohibited in the Capitol, including the Capitol Visitor Center.

  • Liquid including water
  • Food or beverages of any kind including fruit and unopened packaged food
  • Aerosol containers
  • Non-aerosol spray (Prescriptions for medical needs are permitted.)
  • Any pointed object, e.g., knitting needles and letter openers (Pens and pencils are permitted.)
  • Any bag larger than 18 inches wide x 14 inches high x 8.5 inches deep.
  • Electric stun guns, martial arts weapons or devices
  • Guns, replica guns, ammunition and fireworks
  • Knives of any size
  • Mace and pepper spray
  • Razors and box cutters

Registration to attend the NAR mid-year conference is free for Realtors®.  More info on the conference and registration are available here.

Find information on the issues, NAR’s position, and how they affect REALTORS®, home buyers, and private property owners via the Federal Issues Tracker or navigate to specific topics:


Business Issues

All Business Issues
Affiliated Business 3% Cap on Fees and Points
Broadband Access
Copyright/Trademark
Data Privacy and Security
Electronic Signatures and Authorizations
FCC Do Not Fax Rule
Government Travel Rules
Immigration Reform
Money Laundering/Terrorism Financing
Mortgage Assistance Relief Services (MARS) Rule
Net Neutrality
Patent Litigation Reform
Patriot Act/SDN List
RESPA (Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act)
RESPA Marketing Services Agreements (MSAs)
SBA Loans
Spam Email
TRID (TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure)
Telemarketing/Cold-calling
Tort Reform – Class Action
Visa—Investors
Visa—Seasonal Workers
Visa—Tourism and Retirement
Worker Classification (independent contractor v. employee)

Commercial Issues

All Commercial Issues
179-D Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Provision
Basel Capital Standards for Banks and Thrifts
Commercial Real Estate Lending
Crowdfunding 
Drones
Forced Access 
Lease Accounting
Mark-to-Market
Real Estate Mortgage Investment Conduits (REMIC)
SBA Loans
Section 1031 Like-Kind Exchange
Tenants in Common

Environmental & Property Rights

Environmental and Property Rights Issues
Clean Water Act
Endangered Species Act 
Eminent Domain and Private Property Rights
Energy Efficiency
Lead Paint
Private Property Rights
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)
Wildfires

Diversity & Fair Housing

Diversity and Fair Housing
Accessibility
Fair Housing Act
Disparate Impact
Marriage Equality & Real Estate

Fair Housing Issues

Federal Housing Issues
Condominiums
FHA Programs (Federal Housing Administration) (includes loan limits)
FHA Lifetime Mortgage Insurance Premiums
Homelessness
Homeownership Education and Counseling
Lender Reluctance to Use FHA
Multifamily Housing Development & Insurance
Rural Housing Programs
Section 8 Voucher Reform
Valuation Issues Update
Veterans Affairs

Federal Tax Issues

Federal Tax Issues
179-D Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Provision
Capital Gains
Capital Gains—Carried Interests
Capital Gains Exclusion on Sale of Principal Residence
Depreciation—General
Depreciation—Tenant Improvements
Estate Tax Reform
Independent Contractor
Internet Sales Tax Fairness
Section 1031 Like-Kind Exchange
Mortgage Debt Cancellation Relief
Mortgage Interest Deduction
State and Local Tax Deductions
Tax Reform 

Financial & Credit Issues

Financial and Credit Issues
Affiliated Business 3% Cap on Fees and Points
Basel Capital Standards for Banks and Thrifts
Condominium Approvals
Credit Policy
Financial Regulatory Reform
Government-Sponsored Enterprises
Government-Sponsored Enterprises Guarantee Fees (G-Fees)
Identity Theft Red Flags and Address Discrepancies
Money Laundering/Terrorism Financing
Mortgage Assistance Relief Services (MARS) Rule
Mortgage Loan Limits 
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)
Qualified Mortgage (QM)
Qualified Residential Mortgage (QRM) and Risk Retention
SBA Loans
Seller Financing
Short Sales
Student Loan Debt

Foreclosures

All Advocacy Foreclosure Issues
Foreclosures

Immigration

Immigration Issues
Immigration Reform
Visa—Investors
Visa—Tourism and Retirement
Visa—Seasonal Workers

Insurance

All Insurance Advocacy Issues
Health Care Reform
Insurance-Surplus Lines
National Flood Insurance Program
Natural Disaster Policy
Terrorism Insurance
Tort Reform—Class Action

Real Estate Transtions

Real Estate Transaction Procedures and Fees
Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA)
TRID (TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure)
Real Estate Transfer Tax
RESPA Marketing Services Agreements (MSAs)

Right of Ownership

Right of Ownership
Eminent Domain and Private Property Rights
Private Property Rights (Transfer of Public Lands)

State & Local Issues

All State & Local Advocacy Issues
Local Short-Term Rental Ordinances
Real Estate Transfer Tax
State and Local Tax Deductions
Sales Taxes on Services
Transportation

Technology

Technology Issues
Broadband Access
Data Privacy and Security
Electronic Signatures and Authorizations
FCC Do Not Fax Rule
Net Neutrality
Patent Litigation Reform
Telemarketing/Cold-calling
Spam Email
Copyright/Trademark

Transportation

All Transportation Advocacy Issues

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