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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).

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.

Bar Code Yourself

April 1, 2012: 

QR code usage is on the rise at associations.

Congress Extends Flood Insurance for 60 days

April 1, 2012: 

On May 30, 2012, the House of Representatives passed a 60-day extension of the National Flood Insurance Program, which will enable the Senate to act on the 5-year reauthorization and reform bill this June.

Smartphone Adoption Surges

March 30, 2012: 

Real estate professionals are tackling more mobile outreach markets efforts to reach clients — making sure their Web site is easy to view and use from a phone, adopting QR codes in marketing, and even creating apps that potential clients can use to access real estate information while on-the-go.

30-Year Mortgage Rates Slide Back Below 4%

March 30, 2012: 

Mortgage rates were down across the board this week compared to last week, according to Freddie Mac’s weekly mortgage market survey. After posting a big jump last week, 30-year mortgage rates were back below the 4 percent mark this week, offering another boost in home affordability for buyers.

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