Trump Administration

Tax Reform: Here’s What Could Impact Homeowners Most

January 3rd, 2018
A new year has started, and with it a newly enacted tax policy: the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. While most changes will not be noticeable until consumers file their taxes in 2019, the new tax law stands to alter...

CFPB ‘Constitutional’ After Appeals Court Ruling

February 1st, 2018
An appeals court on Wednesday upheld the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) organizational structure. The agency, which has been at the center of controversy in the era of Trump, was deemed unconstitutional in a 2016 ruling. The...

Regulatory Relief Bill Passes Senate

March 15th, 2018
Following the financial crisis of 2008 and the Great Recession, the federal government imposed regulations in the form of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act—an effort to ensure financial stability and consumer protection. Senate Banking Committee Chair...

The Administration Proposes Targeted Relief for Rising Health Insurance Costs

April 8th, 2018
Health care reform continues to be a primary concern for the administration and Congress; however, comprehensive “repeal and replace” efforts have lagged in momentum lately, losing support in favor of more attainable legislative goals. The administration has since turned to...

Housing and the Senate Tax Plan: What Now?

December 4th, 2017
Members of the real estate industry are responding to the passage of the Senate tax plan, which chiefly includes a 20 percent corporate tax rate—down from 35 percent—and reduced rates for families and individuals over the next seven years. The...

‘Worst Case Housing Needs’ Rises to Over 8 Million

August 12th, 2017
More than 8 million renter households were identified as having “worst case housing needs,” or burdened by rent and/or living in unsuitable conditions, in 2015, according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)—the...

House Republicans Pass Tax Bill, Real Estate Industry Continues Fight for Homeowners

November 16th, 2017
After much conversation revolving around tax policy, and anticipation from the Republican Party to successfully pass tax legislation by end of year, House Republicans passed their controversial tax overhaul plan in a successful 227-205 vote. President Donald Trump visited Capitol...

Like-Kind Exchanges Fuel the Economy and Job Growth

July 16th, 2017
A Section 1031 like-kind exchange is a transaction where a business or investor exchanges one property—real or personal—for another of like kind. The business or investor is able to defer taxes on any gain on the exchanged property until the...

Real Estate Industry Sounds Off on Trump Tax Plan

April 27th, 2017
President Trump’s proposed tax plan has been met largely with disapproval from the housing industry, with several constituents concerned about a change that would double the standard deduction—and, in effect, invalidate the tax benefits of owning a home. “For roughly...

Homeowners Making Improvements Despite Political Uncertainties

April 29th, 2017
Homeowners are springing more for upgrades to their homes, despite unknowns that have the potential to impact their spending—a full 60 percent more than what they spent in 2016, according to a new report by HomeAdvisor. “Home improvement activity is...
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