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.
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.
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).
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.
Three bills have been introduced by members of the tax-writing committees that would extend the 2007 mortgage cancellation relief that is currently scheduled to expire at the end of 2012.
On Tuesday, March 27, 2012, The House Financial Services Committee passed HR 2446, The RESPA Home Warranty Clarification Act by a voice vote.