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

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

The FTC works to ensure that the nation’s markets are vigorous, efficient, and free of restrictions that harm consumers. FTC enforces federal consumer protection laws that prevent fraud, deception, and unfair business practices. The FTC’s rules and regulations primarily impact the real estate industry in the areas of privacy, data security, consumer protection, and telemarketing.