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HUD Delays Enforcement of Assessment of Fair Housing Plans Until 2020

Filed in Codes and Regulations by on January 5, 2018 0 Comments

HUD published a notice in the Federal Register today extending the deadline for local governments to submit an Assessment of Fair Housing until Oct. 31, 2020. Under HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, local governments must submit these plans to proactively identify barriers to fair housing choice and to ensure that their practices and policies do not promote racial segregation.

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NAHB Commends Proposed Rule on Small Business Health Plans

NAHB Commends Proposed Rule on Small Business Health Plans

NAHB today commended the Department of Labor for issuing a proposed rule that is intended to expand access to health coverage by allowing more employers to form Small Business Health Plans, also known as Association Health Plans.

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Trump Signs Tax Bill into Law

Filed in Capitol Hill by on December 22, 2017 2 Comments

President Trump today signed into law landmark tax reform legislation. “Providing tax relief for hard-working families and creating a more favorable tax climate for small business will make the economy more vibrant and competitive,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald. “In turn, this will boost the housing sector, which represents roughly one-sixth of the U.S. economy. Housing not only equals jobs, but jobs mean more demand for housing.”

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Short-Term Spending Bill Keeps the Government Open Through Jan. 19

Filed in Capitol Hill by on December 21, 2017 0 Comments

With the government funding set to run out on Dec. 22, Congress moved to approve a short-term continuing resolution to keep the lights on at federal agencies through Jan. 19.

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Capital Reserve Reinstated for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Filed in Housing Finance by on December 21, 2017 0 Comments
Capital Reserve Reinstated for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt announced today that FHFA and the Treasury Department have agreed to allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the enterprises) to each maintain a $3 billion capital buffer beginning in the fourth quarter of 2017.

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NAHB Supports Final Tax Bill

Filed in Capitol Hill by on December 16, 2017 19 Comments
NAHB Supports Final Tax Bill

House and Senate conferees have produced a final conference report on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, tax reform legislation that will be voted on by each chamber next week. NAHB fully supports this final tax bill and believes it will help middle-class families, maintain the nation’s commitment to affordable housing and ensure that small businesses are treated fairly relative to large corporations. Lower tax rates and a fair tax code will spur economic growth and increase competitiveness, and that is good for housing.

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NLRB Overturns Browning-Ferris Decision; Reinstates Prior Joint Employer Standard

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Labor, Safety and Health by on December 15, 2017 2 Comments
NLRB Overturns Browning-Ferris Decision; Reinstates Prior Joint Employer Standard

In a victory for NAHB and the small business community, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) voted on Dec. 14 to overturn its 2015 ruling in the case of Browning-Ferris Industries. Yesterday’s 3-2 vote effectively overturns an Obama-era decision that radically expanded the traditional definition for joint employer status.

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FHA to Halt Insuring New Mortgages with PACE Obligations

Filed in Housing Finance by on December 8, 2017 1 Comment
FHA to Halt Insuring New Mortgages with PACE Obligations

On Dec. 7, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) issued Mortgagee Letter 2017-18 announcing the agency will no longer insure new mortgages on properties that include Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) assessments. This reverses policy announced by the agency in July of 2016. The directive applies only to new mortgages.

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Congress Approves Short-Term Extension to Keep Government Running

Filed in Capitol Hill by on December 8, 2017 0 Comments

To avert a government shutdown on Dec. 8, Congress today approved a short-term continuing resolution to keep the government running for two more weeks until Dec. 22. This also means that the National Flood Insurance Program will be extended through Dec. 22.

The federal government funding package also means that the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which was set to expire on Dec. 8, will be extended until Dec. 22.

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FHA Loan Limits to Rise in More than 3,000 Counties in 2018

Filed in Housing Finance by on December 7, 2017 0 Comments

The Federal Housing Administration today announced its loan limits for 2018. The nationwide rise in median home prices indicates buyers in more than 3,000 counties will see increases.

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