White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council Formed
President Donald Trump has signed an Executive Order establishing the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council and named U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson as its chairperson. The Council’s 13 Federal member agencies will engage with governments at all levels on ways to more effectively use taxpayer dollars to revitalize low-income communities. The Council will improve revitalization efforts by streamlining, coordinating, and targeting existing Federal programs to Opportunity Zones, economically distressed communities where new investments may be eligible for preferential tax treatment. Additionally, the Council will consider legislative proposals and undertake regulatory reform to remove barriers to revitalization efforts and present the President with options to encourage capital investment in economically distressed communities.
To encourage an ongoing commitment to professional behavior and development, NAR created the C2EX platform, a mobile-compatible website for REALTORS® to expand their understanding and application of the Commitment to Excellence Competencies. The program is defined by eleven competencies which indicate a REALTOR®’s commitment to ethics, advocacy, technology, data privacy, outstanding customer service, and much more. Each competency is tied to tasks and learning modules which are preceded by a skills assessment to identify and measure proficiency in that area. Read more about the C2EX program here. Enter the platform here.
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Holiday Gift from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: No Foreclosures
Mortgage financing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced a nationwide suspension of eviction lockouts on foreclosures for the holiday season. The foreclosure moratorium will last from Dec. 17 to Jan. 2, 2019, and applies to all foreclosed occupied homes owned by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.