Governmental Affairs News to Know

What You Need to Know About the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

What you need to know about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) The NFIP is a program that was created by the United States Congress in 1968 under the National Flood Insurance Act. This program was created to provide incentives to property owners who purchased insurance protection administered by the government. An added protection is that communities who participated were required to use higher standards when rebuilding and as a
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Homebuyer Assistance Program Aims to Increase Homeownership

The goal of the Housing & Community Development Department’s Homebuyer Assistance Program (HAP) is to provide financial assistance to qualified low-to moderate-income first-time homebuyers by covering eligible down payment and closing costs. By providing this service, the HAP also aims to increase homeownership sustainability, positively impact the City of Houston tax base, and encourage complete communities. For more information, please visit www.houstontx.gov/housing/hap or call 832.394.6200.
Elections Governmental Affairs News to Know

Local Election Results and Updates

Pasadena and Pearland Runoff Election Results The runoff elections for the cities of Pasadena and Pearland were held on Saturday, June 10. Turn out in Pasadena was 6,747 votes, which is about 11% of registered voters. Jeff Wagner defeated HAR member and recommended candidate, John “JR” Moon, 56% to 43%. We congratulate Mayor Wagner on his victory and look forward to working with him. Council District A will now be
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Recap of Washington, D.C. Legislative Visits

Hundreds of Texas REALTORS® were in Washington, D.C., May 15-20 to advocate for real estate consumers during the 2017 REALTOR® Legislative Meetings. Here are a few highlights from the week. The voice for real estate at the U.S. Capitol Texas REALTORS® met with all 36 members of the Texas Congressional delegation (or their staff members) to discuss pro-real estate policies, such as tax reform, reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program,
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Important TREC Advertising Bill Passed During the 85th Legislature

The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) is the governing body that ensures both REALTORS® and consumers are safeguarded in real property transactions. TREC oversees licensing, educational training, advertising and other issues related to real estate agents and brokers. In the 85th Legislature there were several TREC related bills that if passed as originally written, would have adversely impacted the REALTOR® community in Texas. The original language of House Bill 2534