On June 28, 2012, Frank Gregoire testified before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity on behalf of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).
On Wednesday, June 27, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee passed legislation that eases proposed limitations on government employee attendance at conferences, including those held by trade associations like NAR.
The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives both approved H.R. 4348, the Surface Transportation Conference Report. The bill authorizes federal surface transportation spending programs through Sept. 30, 2014.
NAR recently expanded its global reach by signing a Cooperating Association Agreement with the Dubai Real Estate Institute (DREI). This is NAR's first bilateral partner in the Middle East.
On June 19, 2012, NAR President Moe Veissi met with Richard Cordray, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to discuss a wide range of topics including the Qualified Mortgage (QM) and RESPA/TILA rulemakings, as well as upcoming rulemakings covering servicing standards and loan officer compensation.
On Wednesday, June 20, 2012, NAR 2012 President Moe Veissi testified before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing, and Community Opportunity on the forthcoming Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rulemaking on RESPA/TILA harmonization.
As part of the Farm Bill (S.3240), the Senate passed an amendment by Senators Nelson (D-NE) and Johanns (R-NE) that will grandfather communities currently eligible for rural housing programs, and increase the population threshold for those communities to 35,000.
Topics: Rural Housing Programs
On June 19, 2012, twelve members of Congress, led by Sens. Hagan (D-NC) and Crapo (R-ID), issued a letter expressing concern to six banking agencies regarding their proposed risk retention regulations.
Fannie Mae issued Selling Guide Announcement SEL-2012-05. The Guide states that effective July 16, 2012, Fannie Mae will not purchase or securitize mortgages on properties encumbered by private transfer fee (PTF) covenants that were created on or after February 8, 2011.
On June 13, 2012, NAR President Moe Veissi submitted comments to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA, the conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the GSEs) on its Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2013-2017 that incorporates the strategic plan for the conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac FHFA sent to Congress in February 2012.