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Summary of New Qualified Mortgage (QM) Rule

NAR has been actively involved in shaping the debate and structure of the Qualified Mortgage (QM) Rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) created by the Dodd-Frank Reform Act.  NAR achieved a significant victory in obtaining a safe harbor in the QM rule for loans underwritten to the automated standards of Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac, the Federal Housing Authority, Veterans Administration and Rural Housing Service (within their respective loan limits) for up to seven years.

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Existing-home sales rose for the second straight month and are now above year-over-year levels for the first time in a year.

The income tax exemption on mortgage debt forgiven in a short sale or a workout for principal residences expired at the end of 2013.

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