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Property Management Firm Pays $15,000 Fine Following Data Breach

April 2, 2012: 

On March 21st the Massachusetts Attorney General announced that a property management firm was fined $15,000 after the theft of a company laptop containing the personal information of over 600 Massachusetts residents.

Bidding Wars Are Back, Agents Say

April 2, 2012: 

Some real estate markets are reporting that home buyers are having to pay more than asking price to get the home they desire, as the supply of for-sale homes has shrunk, Bloomberg News reports.

How Do Men, Women Make Home Buying Decisions?

April 2, 2012: 

While the price of a home and its square footage are important factors in judging a home, women and men also base their decision largely on how they “feel” and whether the home fits their lifestyle, according to a new survey by Coldwell Banker Real Estate.

NAR Sends Letter to 6 Regulators on REO Disposition

April 2, 2012: 

On March 28, 2012, NAR President Moe Veissi sent a letter to the Federal Reserve Board, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency, Department of the Treasury, and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, urging policymakers and lenders to focus on expanding the availability of financing for qualified home buyers and investors to increase the REO absorption rate.

Lawmakers Raise Concerns on PCCRA

April 2, 2012: 

On March 26, 2012, Reps. Bachus (R-AL) and Garrett (R-NJ) issued a letter expressing concern to six banking agencies regarding their risk retention proposal, which contained a requirement that securitizers set aside the profits from sales of securities in a “premium capture cash reserve accounts” (PCCRAs).

Bank of America Announces Mortgage to Lease Pilot Program

April 2, 2012: 

On March 23, 2012, Bank of America (BoA) announced that it was going to be offering a limited number of delinquent borrowers an opportunity to leaseback their homes after agreeing to execute a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure.

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