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Congressional Action on Housing Reform

July 12, 2013: 

Last week House Financial Services Chairman Hensarling (R-TX) introduced a comprehensive discussion draft on Housing Finance Reform. The draft bill, called the Protecting American Taxpayers and Homeowners (PATH) Act, includes reforms to FHA, the GSEs, and the financial regulatory law known as the Dodd-Frank Act.

Administration Unveils Full Regulatory Agenda

July 12, 2013: 

The Obama administration is looking forward to a host of new environmental regulations that go far beyond the president's plans to issue new standards for greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power plants.

Basel III Down: The Specter of Regulation Eases

July 8, 2013: 

The Federal Reserve has voted on a final Basel III rule that is significantly friendlier to residential housing finance than the earlier proposal.

New Stormwater Rules Delayed Again

July 3, 2013: 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on June 18 that a new post-construction stormwater rulemaking has been delayed for a third time.

Housing Finance Goes Bipartisan

July 1, 2013: 

Corker-Warner bill proposes replacing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with a new guarantor, the Federal Mortgage Insurance Corporation.

NAR Testifies Before EPA on Lead Paint

June 28, 2013: 

This week the EPA held a public hearing on on renovation, repair and painting activities in public and commercial buildings.

CFPB Tweaks Mortgage Rules

June 28, 2013: 

On Monday, June 24, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued proposed changes to the Qualified Mortgage (QM), Loan Officer Compensation, and Mortgage Servicing rules among others.

Senate Introduces Data Security Legislation

June 28, 2013: 

On June 20, six Republican Senators and an Independent (Toomey, King, Thune, Heller, Blunt, Rubio, Coats) introduced the Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2013. (S. 1193)

NAR Notches Victory in Supreme Court Property Rights Case

June 28, 2013: 

The Supreme Court sided today with a Florida landowner who challenged terms for a state-issued permit for developing wetlands.

Real Estate Industry Urges EPA to Postpone Commercial Building Lead Hazard Rulemaking

June 26, 2013: 

The Environmental Protection Agency must justify its efforts to apply new lead paint regulations to public and commercial properties, Realtor® Harold Huggins testified at a public hearing today on behalf of the National Association of Realtors® and its affiliates, the Institute for Real Estate Management and the CCIM Institute.