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The EDGE: Week of January 23, 2017

The EDGE: HUD Suspends FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium Cut, Meet Our New HAR Chair and More Click here to download edge012317 Blog this!Bookmark on DeliciousDigg this postRecommend on FacebookShare on Linkedinshare via RedditTumblr itTweet about itBuzz it upSubscribe to the comments on this postPrint for laterBookmark in BrowserTell a friend  Read More →

HAR Takes to the Hill for Productive Talks with Lawmakers

During two exciting and fast-paced days, 70 members of the Houston Association of REALTORS® visited with 10 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and two members of the U.S. Senate and advocated for REALTOR® issues. In addition to the office visits, breakfast meetings with our members of Congress were held at Tortilla Coast on May 11 and 12. During the two day period, we were very pleased... 

HAR Facilitates Flood Control Strategy Session

Governmental Affairs Advisory Group Volunteers Receive Briefing on Tax Day Flood Impact for Greater Houston Area and Brainstorm Future Mitigation Plans Last month, more than 20 REALTOR® volunteers met with various stakeholders across multiple levels of government to discuss the current status of the region in regards to flood recovery. Additional discussion was held to determine the development of... 

HAR Prepares for Hill Visits

In preparation for our annual congressional visits planned for May 11 and 12 in Washington, D.C., please be familiar with the federal legislative and regulatory priorities which we will discuss with our Members of Congress. It is during these visits that REALTORS® take an active role to advance the real estate industry, public policy, and the association. Tortilla Coast is reserved for HAR’s member... 

Major Transportation Funding Bill Becomes Law

President Barack Obama signed into law H. R. 22, the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act),” on Dec. 4, 2015.  Thank you to the HAR members who responded to NAR’s Call for Action and sent a message to your Member of Congress.  This five-year $305 billion highway bill is the first long-term national spending package in a decade. Congress has had a hard time passing traditional... 

G-Fee Call for Action – Take Action TODAY!

Congress has extended the current Transportation Bill until Friday, December 4.  The extension was passed to give the members of the House-Senate Conference Committee additional time to reconcile the differences between the House bill, which includes the NAR-supported amendment removing the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac G-Fee as a funding mechanism, and the Senate Bill which relies on an extension of the... 
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Call for Action! Flood Insurance Issues Could Sink Your Sales

The Problem: Congress provided a 5-year reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), but severe implementation problems threaten to undermine real estate transactions where flood insurance is required to obtain a mortgage. New NFIP rate structures have caused serious confusion and hardship for property owners. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to delay and... 

Information at Your Fingertips With New HAR-City of Houston App

Almost a year’s worth of work and collaboration came to fruition on October 2, when Houston Mayor Annise Parker held a press conference to announce the free Houston Living mobile app, a revolutionary new app for iPhones and iPads.  Mayor Parker was joined by HAR Chair-Elect Chaille Ralph who demonstrated the app’s features to the media gathered in the City Hall Rotunda. “This is an example... 

NAR Flood Insurance Advisory Group Holds First Meeting

Flood Insurance PAG Holds First Meeting – Will study impact of new flood insurance rules. Earlier this past summer, NAR President Gary Thomas appointed a Presidential Advisory Group (PAG) to investigate the impacts that federal legisation passed last year to reform the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will have on the real estate industry and property owners. The PAG held its first face-to-face... 

CALL FOR ACTION! – Tell Senators to do no harm to the housing recovery

The Issue U.S. Senators are considering sweeping tax reforms … and they’re starting with a blank slate. That means any current  exemption, deduction, or credit in the tax code must be specifically presented to the Senate Finance Committee by July 26, or it will disappear. Next Steps Each Senator has been asked to submit, in writing, any tax expenditures they wish to see kept in the code.  Senators... 
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