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NAR Calls for Expansion of FHA’s 203(k) Program

January 9, 2012: 

Moe Veissi, the 2012 President of the National Association of Realtors, sent a letter to Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requesting that investors be permitted to participate in the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) Section 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgage Insurance Program to purchase vacant and foreclosed properties in need of significant rehabilitation.

Government Offers to Review Foreclosure Handling in More than 4 Million Individual Cases

January 9, 2012: 

Borrowers who faced foreclosure in 2009 or 2010 may be eligible for a free independent review of their foreclosures. The reviews which were ordered by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Reserve in April of 2011 cover foreclosures handled by most major loan servicers.

Former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray takes over Helm of CFPB

January 9, 2012: 

On Thursday, January 5, 2011, President Obama installed former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) using a recess appointment.

FHFA Releases Statement on GSE Guarantee Fee Increase

January 9, 2012: 

On December 23rd, 2011, President Obama signed legislation extending the payroll tax reduction and requiring the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA, the conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the GSEs)) to raise GSE guarantee fees (g-fees) by at least ten basis points.

NAR Submits Comments On Loan Servicing Compensation

January 3, 2012: 

On December 27, 2011, NAR President Moe Veissi submitted NAR’s comments to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA, the conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the GSEs)) on future mortgage servicing structures and servicing compensation for single-family loans to enhance competition in mortgage servicing and origination.

Several Housing Markets Head for Appreciation in 2012

January 3, 2012: 

A boom in farm prices has caused many Midwest cities to emerge as leaders for some of the strongest predictions for housing appreciation in 2012. Kansas City, Kan., came in the top spot in HousingPredictor’s annual survey, forecasting an appreciation of 5.8 percent for this year.

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