2015 FPC News
Fourth of July

Sunset: In public policy, a sunset provision or clause is a measure within a statute, regulation or other law that provides that the law shall cease to have effect after a specific date, unless further legislative action is taken to extend the law.

The NFIP will "sunset" September 30, 2017 unless legislative action is taken.

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http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif  NAR Hosts Webinar on Flood Insurance for FPCs and GADs

On June 29, 2017, the NAR Government Affairs team hosted a webinar for all FPCs and Government Affairs Directors on the recent state of play for flood insurance and NAR’s position on the legislation being proposed.

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As noted by our experts Ken Wingert and Austin Perez, the September 30th deadline to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is fast approaching and we must be prepared.  As you visit with your legislators over the Fourth of July recess, it is important to bring this issue to their attention and convey our position and activity on the matter. For further background and information, please check out NAR’s latest update on the NFIP state of play and the most up to date talking points

If you have any questions, please reach out to your NAR Lobbyist or Political Representative. You can also reach out to Victoria Givens at vgivens@realtors.org or 202-383-1021.

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif  Don't Forget to File Your Field Report

Your 2nd Quarter FPC field reports are due TODAY.

File Your Filed Report Here

When filing your field reports, please make sure to press the "confirm" button on your profile when you information populates. This way your field report is counted in the query at the end of the month. If you do not follow these instructions and instead put in another email address, your report will be filed as "other," and it is much more difficult to count. If you have questions about how to file your field report, please reach out to Victoria Givens at vgivens@realtors.org or 202-383-1021

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif  NAR Joins Coalition on Net Neutrality

NAR has joined a coalition of businesses and public interest groups working to preserve Open Internet rules—also known as network neutrality. NAR together with tech companies like Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon and main street companies like Walmart have joined together to advocate for preserving net neutrality. The coalition will work at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in the courts and on Capitol Hill to ensure that internet remains an open and level playing field, an issue critical to our business success. Click here for more information.

NAR Net Neutrality Resources

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif  VIDEO: June Housing Minute

Housing MinuteOnce a month, on the last business day of the month, NAR will now be releasing a monthly "Housing Minute Video," with important market statistics and numbers. Take a look!

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif  NAR Submits Statement on Housing Finance Reform

On June 29, 2017, the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs held its first or several hearings of the year on housing finance reform. The hearing, entitled “Principles of Housing Finance Reform” consisted of three witness panelists from the Mortgage Bankers Association, Housing Policy Counsel of the Financial Services Roundtable, and Center for Responsible Lending. NAR submitted a statement highlighting that any new housing finance system must ensure that in all markets mortgage capital will always remain available for creditworthy Americans. Second, NAR stated that taxpayer dollars should be protected. 

Read NAR's Statement

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif  NAR Comments on GSE Capital Reserves

On June 27, 2017, NAR submitted letters to the U.S. Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director, U.S. Treasury Secretary, members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs and U.S. House Committee on Financial Services, expressing concern related to the scheduled elimination of capital reserves held by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (Enterprises). Specifically, NAR letters state to Congress and the banking agencies that in the absence of comprehensive housing finance reform, policymakers need to address the declining capital reserves at the Enterprises. One way to address this issue would be to create a Mortgage Market Liquidity Fund (MMLF) through legislation or under existing regulatory authority. Read more information and to see the NAR letters here.

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif  NAR Releases Q2 Homeownership Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) Survey

HomeSurveyThe HOME report was created to monitor consumer sentiment about the housing market. This new report covers core topics that will be tracked on a monthly basis such as views on if now is a good time to buy or sell a home, the perception of home price changes, perceived ability to qualify for a mortgage, an the outlook on the U.S. economy.

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif  FPC Spotlight: Big applause for FPC Anne Rubin, for being sworn in as the newest Governor appointee to the PA State Real Estate Commission. Anne is a stellar FPC for Rep. Brendan Boyle. Congrats Anne!


Tips of the Trade

This Week: VIDEO

How to Host a Local Event That Your Members of Congress Will Want to Attend"

As an FPC you know that the summer district work period is sometimes one of the best times for you to demonstrate the local impact of decisions made in Washington. According to the experts at the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF), Members of Congress believe that site visits are one of the most valuable ways to understand constituent views and opinions.

While you understand that “all politics is local" sometimes it is easy to still be reluctant to host a site visit for your Members of Congress because perhaps you aren’t sure how.  

In this new 4-minute video produced by CMF, “How to Host a Local Event That Your Members of Congress Will Want to Attend,” you will overcome this challenge and learn how best to entice Members of Congress to attend your local events.


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