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.
The Obama Administration announced two initiatives to help homeowners and their families. The Administration is reducing fees for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) borrowers seeking to refinance and providing relief to servicemembers and veterans.
On March 5, 2012, NAR President Moe Veissi submitted comments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on efforts to streamline regulations inherited by the CFPB.
Does the Code of Ethics require disclosure of a possible short sale?
It’s not surprising to learn that the members who are least likely to adapt to new technology are those who have been successfully practicing real estate for 30 years or more. Often, these members have to be pushed to register for classes online, take the online ethics course, pay dues online with a credit card, or visit your Web site to print out new resources like forms and PDF brochures. Below are some tips for getting your “seasoned” members to use technology, and maybe even embrace it.
Starting March 20th and 22nd, 2012, the Treasury Department, in collaboration with the National Association of REALTORS®, will hold Making Home Affordable “Help for Homeowners” outreach events in California.
On February 29, key members of NAR committees and leadership met with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and other federal agencies to address the REO to Rental Initiative announced earlier in the week (see separate item). The purpose of this meeting was to express NAR's ongoing concerns about the implementation of the plan to dispose of government owned foreclosed properties by making them available for rental.
On February 27 the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced a pilot program to be operated by Fannie Mae to sell nearly 2500 foreclosed properties in six hard hit foreclosure states for the purpose of providing rental housing.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that they will keep greenhouse gas permitting thresholds at current levels.