Governmental Affairs News

From the halls of the Capitol to the courthouse steps, REALTORS® are fighting and winning political battles. If an issue is important to real estate, you'll find out about it here.

The Latest News

NAR-backed Condo Legislation Passes U.S. Senate, Offers Relief for Homebuyers
Federal

The U.S. Senate passed the Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act of 2016 passed the U.S. Senate on July 14. More than 139,000 REALTORS® across the nation responded to a Call for Action to urge the Senate to vote on the bill. NAR calls the legislation a significant step toward eliminating barriers to safe, affordable mortgage credit for condos.

State Senate to Study Solutions for Vacant Structures
State

Senator JaNice VanNess wants the Senate to study and recommend strategies for dealing with vacant properties that are unfit for human habitation or for commercial, industrial, or business occupancy. 

GAR Opposes Impact Fees by School Boards
State

Georgia REALTORS® oppose a measure that would authorize school boards to levy impact fees.  

NAR Legal Update: No Duty to Contact Former Client
Legal
A Georgia appellate court affirmed a ruling that a real estate professional didn't have a duty to alert a former client that someone — who turned out to be a process server — had called seeking the client's address.
WOTUS Veto Override Vote Fails in Senate
Federal
The U.S. Senate failed to muster enough votes to override the president's veto of a resolution that would have banned the EPA from implementing the controversial Waters of the U.S. rule. What is NAR doing to halt the WOTUS rule and clarify which waters should be under federal jurisdiction?
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