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SBA Asks EPA to Withdraw Water Rule

October 3, 2014: 

The U.S. Small Business Administration, a federal agency responsible for protecting the interests of small businesses, has asked the Administration to withdraw a proposed rule that changes the scope of existing law without Congress’ authority and expand federal regulatory power under the Clean Water Act.

Coalition Letter on FHA 203(K)

October 3, 2014: 

On Sept. 26, 2014, the National Association of REALTORS®, along with the National Association of Homebuilders and the Mortgage Bankers Association, sent a letter to the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) in response to proposed changes to the 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgage Insurance Program.

FHA Property Flipping Waiver

October 3, 2014: 

On Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, NAR President Steve Brown sent a letter to FHA Commissioner Galante urging FHA to extend the property flipping waiver that allows FHA financing on single family properties that are being resold within 90 days of the previous acquisition.

NAR Comments on Mini-correspondents

October 3, 2014: 

On Sept. 30, 2014, NAR wrote to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) director Richard Cordray expressing concern that the CFPB's guidance on mini-correspondent lenders realting to the Ability to Repay/Qualified Mortgage (QM) rule not be interpreted in a way that would reduce access to credit by unfairly discriminating against smaller lenders.

CFPB/HUD Target Marketing

October 3, 2014: 

On Sept. 30, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered Lighthouse Title, a Michigan title insurance agency, to pay $200,000 for illegal referrals under the guise of marketing agreements under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA).

NAR Submits Comments to FAA on UAVs

September 26, 2014: 

In June 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued comments clarifying the permitted use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for commercial purposes.

Rural Housing Eligibility Follow-Up

September 26, 2014: 

On September 26, 2014, NAR President Steve Brown sent a letter to USDA Secretary Vilsack in response to state REALTOR® associations’ concerns about community eligibility for rural housing loans

Scientists Question EPA’s Commercial Lead Paint Approach

September 26, 2014: 

Due to lack of data on actual real-world exposures, EPA has proposed a highly sophisticated alternative “framework” which instead would evaluate the probability that children might someday be exposed to lead paint dangers in a commercial building

New CFPB Webinar on RESPA/TILA

September 19, 2014: 

On Wednesday October 1, 2014 at 2:00 PM EDT the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Federal Reserve will be hosting another webinar on the implementation of changes to the Real Estate Settlment Procedures Act (RESPA) and the Truth in Lending Act (TILA).

House Passes 3% Cap Package

September 19, 2014: 

On September 16, 2014, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5461, a compendium of legislation that had already passed the House that includes H.R. 3211, The Mortgage Choice Act that addresses discrimination in the calculation of fees and points in the Qualified Mortgage Rule.

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