Earlier this week NAR announced breaking news that the Department of Veterans Affairs (“the VA”) has signaled a temporary suspension on buyer agent payment bans. While the VA has not officially released any details, at a Mortgage Bankers Association conference in New York, Veterans Affairs Deputy Director of Policy Michelle Corridon made comments indicating that the VA will temporarily lift the ban that prohibits buyers who have paid or will pay a buyer agent commission from obtaining a VA loan. Corridon indicated that a circular would be issued between now and June 12 that “bridges the gap” while the agency engages in a formal rulemaking process.

This news comes just two weeks after the NAR Legislative Meetings in Washington, DC where REALTORS® from Virginia and all over the country delivered a unified message while talking to Congress. It is proof positive that having REALTOR® Champions in positions where policies are being made is the key to success as REALTORS® advocate for their industry, their business, and their clients. No doubt this victory and many others can be attributed to REALTOR® members getting out to the polls to vote for REALTOR® Champion candidates, turning their voices into action by attending days on the hill and answering calls for action, and investing in RPAC to ensure those issues are front and center in the minds of lawmakers!

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