On Monday, March 12, 2012, the federal government released details of the $25 billion dollar national mortgage settlement stemming from the "robo-signing" scandal. The agreement with Bank of America Corporation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Wells Fargo & Company, Citigroup Inc.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released the final rule on private transfer fees. The final rule is not substantively different than the proposed rule; however, it does include minor changes advocated for by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).
On March 14, 2012, NAR signed onto two coalition letters, urging Senate Majority Leader Reid and Republican Leader McConnell to expand the Senate jobs legislation to include provisions aimed to enhance the flow of credit to the small business and commercial real estate sectors.
By Mike Thiel
While the rapid growth of membership has been a boon to the Realtor® organization, it has also presented challenges when it comes to membership obligation awareness. One such challenge has been educating members about the permissible ways to use the term Realtor® in their marketing efforts, especially online. After all, the use of the term Realtor® is a privilege of membership and is subject to the rules established by the National Association of Realtors®’ Board of Directors.
By Nan Roytberg
Could your association end up in court for publishing property listings in its MLS or on its Web site that inadvertently violate the Fair Housing Act? The answer
is yes. Here’s one cautionary tale, along with some words of wisdom.
Like many counties across America, Loudoun County, Virginia, is known for its thriving business environment and exceptional quality of life. Yet it faces a housing challenge that could dramatically change the future—and face—of this area.
Over the past several years, Loudoun County’s high-priced real estate market has rapidly exceeded the budgets of the county’s workforce—teachers, law enforcement officers, and retail workers. The average home price climbed from $280,696 in 2000 to $514,787 by the end of 2006.
On March 9, 2012, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA, the conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, or the GSEs) released details on the implementation of the new FHFA strategic plan through the use of a “2012 Conservatorship Scorecard”.
On February 15, 2012, Freddie Mac released an update to its servicing guide, reinforcing the requirement that servicers must waive all rights to seek deficiencies for short sale and deed-in-lieu of foreclosure transactions on Freddie Mac Mortgages.
On March 7, 2012, the Federal Housing Finance Agency Office of Inspector General (FHFA-OIG) released a report on FHFA’s supervision of Freddie Mac.
On March 6, 2012, Fannie Mae announced that it will soon implement policy changes to its Lender-Placed Insurance (LPI) requirements.