NAR Applauds VA Announcement of Home Loan Benefit Changes

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WASHINGTON (June 11, 2024) – National Association of Realtors® President Kevin Sears issued the following statement in response to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announcement of a “Buyer-Broker Agent Temporary Local Variance Circular”:

“The VA’s home loan guaranty is the only program that explicitly bans buyers from directly paying for professional real estate representation. We applaud the VA for revising this policy and allowing veterans and active-duty service members the same advantages as other buyers in a competitive real estate market.

“NAR launched an all-hands advocacy effort on this issue, including working with Congress and the relevant VA Committees, meeting with the VA, collaborating with industry partners, and holding hundreds of meetings on Capitol Hill during the Realtors® Legislative Meetings in May.

“We look forward to continuing this conversation, and our 1.5 million members stand ready to support the VA in whatever way possible to protect the brave men and women who serve this country and ensure they are given the equal opportunity to achieve the American Dream of homeownership.”

Background

The VA announced a temporary policy allowing VA buyers to compensate their buyer broker directly while determining when a formal rulemaking process is necessary. NAR will continue to monitor and provide updates as they occur. The VA home loan guaranty program is a vital homeownership tool that provides veterans with a centralized, affordable, and accessible method of purchasing homes as a benefit they earned for their service to our nation. Under previous VA policies, veterans using the home loan benefit were prohibited from compensating their professional representative directly. This policy put VA buyers at a disadvantage in situations where offers of compensation are not offered from a seller, potentially forcing them to forego professional representation, choose a different loan product, or exit the market entirely.

To read more on NAR advocacy efforts around this, please revisit the letter sent to the Department of Veterans Affairs on March 27, 2024 (link is external).

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