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Sunday, July 17 2016 7:22 AM
  • Changes to Appraiser Requirements…Supervisory Appraisers no longer need to be state certified and in good standing in the jurisdiction where a Trainee Appraiser they supervise conducts appraisals under changes made by the Appraiser Qualifications Board. Supervisory Appraisers must still be state certified appraisers in good standing for a minimum of three years prior to supervising other appraisers. The changes, which took effect July 1, are in line with previous requests made by NAR. More.

  • House Panel Approves ADA Updates…The House Judiciary Committee on July 7 approved a bill, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2015 (H.R. 3765), that would curb the practice of so-called “drive-by” lawsuits, in which litigants attempt to force settlements that consist primarily of attorneys’ fees for easily correctable violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. NAR, along with IREM and CCIM, joined a coalition letter sent to the committee in support of the bill, known as H.R. 3765. Details.

  • Proposed Changes to Water Regulations…The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has proposed changes to the process it uses to issue streamlined authorizations for dredge-and-fill activities that the Corps has determined will have minimal adverse effects on the aquatic environment. NAR will be commenting on the proposed revisions. More.

  • Voice for Real Estate: Brexit, Drones, Flood Ins…In case you missed it: The latest Voice for Real Estate news video looks at the Brexit impact on U.S. real estate, the federal government’s final rule on the commercial use of drones, testimony from a REALTOR® on federal flood insurance, and the Call for Action on condo financing, The video also excerpts from, and links to, the recent tax planning webcast. Click here to watch.

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