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Fair housing is more than a list of dos and don’ts, rights and penalties, and mandatory continuing education. As stewards of the right to own, use and transfer private property, fair housing protects our livelihood and business as REALTORS® and depends on a free, open market that embraces equal opportunity. Fair Housing Makes US Stronger.

An Overview of the Fair Housing Act
Join NAR’s commemoration of the Fair Housing Act. Watch this video to learn about the law, how it makes our industry and country stronger, and the work that is still to be done. We ask all members of the REALTOR® family to join us in this commemoration and stand together with us in this commitment.

50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act

In 2018 the National Association of REALTORS® will join with our partners and allies in a year-long commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. The commemoration will focus on three key elements of Fair Housing:

  • Acknowledging the organization’s past role in the fight for fair housing;
  • Understanding how we as a nation are constantly improving our commitment to fair housing; and
  • Embracing REALTORS®’ role at the forefront of advancing fair housing, leading efforts to address community fair housing issues.

See a full transcript of this video here

 

Flood Insurance Extended to Jan. 19th

On December 21, 2017, Congress extended the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) as part of the continuing resolution to keep the government open through January 19. NAR will continue working with Congress to ensure that the NFIP does not lapse while the Senate works on its version of the 5-year reauthorization and reform measure.

Read NAR’s letters to both the House(link is external) and Senate(link is external) urging the extension.

Learn more about the National Flood Insurance Program 

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Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passes House & Senate

On December 20, 2017, The U.S. House and Senate passed the conference agreement of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” the bill passed the House by 224 to 201 margin and the Senate by 51 to 48 margin and was signed by President December 22, 2017. All individual provisions of the measure are generally effective after December 31, 2017, for the 2018 tax filing year and expire on December 31, 2025, unless otherwise noted. The provisions do not affect tax filings for 2017 unless noted.

To read NAR’s analysis of the bill’s provisions impacting real estate, please go to "The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act - What it Means for Homeowners and Real Estate Professionals."

NAR will be providing ongoing updates and guidance to members in the coming weeks, as well as working with Congress and the Administration to address additional concerns through future legislation and rulemaking. Lawmakers have already signaled a desire to fine tune elements of the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" as well as address additional tax provisions not included in this legislation in 2018, and REALTORS® will need to continue to be engaged in the process.

Don't miss the January 4th Facebook live event How Tax Reform Will Affect Your Taxes as a Real Estate Professional 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST 

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It is Not Too Late to Influence Congress on Tax Reform

 

SPEAK UP

Thanks to our members’ engagement, REALTORS have helped positively influence tax reform in some key areas. For example, both the House and Senate have agreed to maintain deductibility of state and local property taxes up to $10,000 and to maintain Section 1031 tax-deferred exchanges in their present form for real estate investments.

BUT OUR WORK IS NOT DONE. We still have an opportunity to influence Congress to help make the tax reform bill more favorable to homeowners and consumers. Now that both the House and Senate have passed The Tax Cut and Jobs Act, a Conference Committee will begin to address the differences between the two bills. Important improvements in the legislation are possible by encouraging Congress to maintain the current law for the mortgage interest deduction and capital gains exclusion. Retaining current law makes the bill more favorable to homeownership.

Take action to tell Congress to protect middle-class homeowners.
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VIEW NAR TAX REFORM PORTAL

• Facts on the Mortgage Interest Deduction in the U.S.: State-By-State Comparison
Mortgage Interest and Real Estate Tax Deductions by Congressional District
In-Depth: Mortgage Interest Deduction by State 
• View Side by Side Comparison of House and Senate Tax Reform Legislation