Regulatory Affairs Resources

The activities of the federal agencies and departments of the United States government permeate the business of real estate in a variety of ways. Whether the activity is issuing formal rules, pursuing an enforcement action, or engaging in industry supervision, the buying and selling of real estate is impacted by the actions of more than 25 federal and independent agencies and departments. NAR tracks the activity of these agencies, focusing exclusively on issues affecting REALTORS®, their businesses, and their clients. In addition to being experts on matters ranging from banking regulation to environmental concerns, NAR staff also manage relationships with the agencies to ensure NAR member priorities are always carefully considered. A list of agencies pertinent to REALTORS® can be found at

Department of Defense (DOD)

The DOD manages military bases across the nation and around the world. Any change to a military installation’s use can impact its surrounding community. REALTORS®interact and provide input with the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission, during the base realignment process. They also work with the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) when communities are adversely impacted by base closures or realignments, base expansions, and contract or program cancellations.   DOD also houses the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), which is responsible for administering the wetlands permitting and regulatory program under the Clean Water Act.
Director, Environmental and Sustainability Policy
Federal Policy & Industry Relations