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

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA’s rules and regulations impact the real estate industry in several ways. The most direct impact is its enforcement of the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992 as well as required disclosure of lead-based paint in sales and lease transactions involving pre-1978 residential properties. Other EPA issues that may impact REALTORS® and the real estate industry include wetlands, air quality, brownfields development, and general land use concerns
Director, Environmental and Sustainability Policy
Federal Policy & Industry Relations