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FHFA Seeks Applicants to Pre-qualify for REO to Rental Plan

February 6, 2012: 

On February 1 the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that it is now accepting applications for investors who wish to bid on transactions in the initial pilot projects to be offered in the Obama Administration’s plan to expedite the disposition of foreclosed properties held by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and FHA.

Fish and Wildlife Service to Increase Focus on Listing Species as Endangered

February 6, 2012: 

As a result of a court order in mid-2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will emabrk on an aggressive push in 2012 to place more species on the endangered list, thereby placing more property out of development and increasing restrictions on property rights.

Obama Administration Unveils Plan to “Heal the Housing Market”

February 2, 2012: 

On February 1 President Obama, speaking to a crowd in Falls Church, Virginia, detailed his plan to “help responsible homeowners and heal the housing market.” The plan calls for streamlined refinancing for potentially millions of borrowers with loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, while also creating a new FHA mortgage program to re-finance non-GSE mortgages.

Do You Need a Staging Inventory?

February 1, 2012: 

Some stagers rely on an inventory of furniture and accessories to enhance properties. Learn more about staging inventories, and whether you need one.

Voices of Real Estate Blog

February 1, 2012: 

Hear directly from your national leadership and share your own positive stories. Twice each week, NAR's leadership team will share their experiences and insights, as they travel across the country. Read the latest posts and tell us what is happening in your market.

23 Federal Laws That Apply to Real Estate Sales

February 1, 2012: 

Residential real estate has become more complex over the years as a result of laws enacted to protect consumers' welfare. Here are 23 federal laws that play a part in residential real estate.

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