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FTC Issues Guidance for Mobile Apps on Privacy and Truth-in-Advertising Laws

September 7, 2012: 

On Sept. 5, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released non-binding guidance for mobile app developers intended to help them navigate privacy and truth-in-advertising principles as they develop and market apps.

Will the Presidential Election Affect Real Estate?

September 5, 2012: 

"The next president, whoever it turns out to be, is going to have a couple of big housing issues to address," says a housing analyst.

Bulk REO Sales Program Faces More Criticism

September 5, 2012: 

The government's plans to proceed with a bulk sales program of foreclosure properties is creating an outcry among many in the real estate industry.

NAR Reviews Reforms Proposed to Critical Habitat Designations

September 4, 2012: 

Proposed changes to the role and timing of economic impact analyses during the process of designating critical habitat for an endangered species may have unintended economic impacts on adjacent communities.

NAR Comments on RESPA/TILA Proposal to Change APR

September 4, 2012: 

NAR submitted comments on a small part of the 1,100 page RESPA/TILA harmonization regulatory proposal seeking to change the annual percentage rate or APR calculation. 

NAR President Praises New Help for Struggling Homeowners

August 27, 2012: 

The Federal Housing Finance Agency on Tuesday announced measures to make short sales of underwater homes easier for homeowners, including extending help to people who have financial difficulties but haven’t missed mortgage payments.

FHFA Announces New Short Sale Guidance

August 24, 2012: 

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be issuing new guidelines to enhance and streamline the short sale process.

CFPB Issues Proposed Rule on Mortgage Servicing

August 24, 2012: 

The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a proposed rule covering a number of mortgage servicing topics.

Republican Platform Support for MID a Win for Home Owners

August 23, 2012: 

Republicans writing their party platform for their upcoming 2012 convention in Tampa next week inserted language specifying their support for the mortgage interest deduction.

MID Platform Win Shows Impact of Activism

August 23, 2012: 

REALTOR magazine describes the devotion from two real estate professionals and others who are delegates to the Republican National Convention to push through language in their party’s platform that explicitly calls for protecting the mortgage interest deduction.

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