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FHA Budget Requests Treasury Draw

April 12, 2013: 

FHA may need $943 million from the Treasury to hold 30 years' worth of reserves.

NAR Submits Comments on Impact of Student Loan Debt

April 12, 2013: 

Growing student debt will impact the ability of consumers to access mortgage credit, particularly first time homebuyers.

NAR Submits Letter on Lead Paint Proposal

April 12, 2013: 

NAR wrote a letter to the EPA about lead paint hazard regulation in public and commercial buildings following renovations and remodeling activities.

Realtors® Applaud FHA for Taking Steps to Improve its Financial Stability; More Reforms Necessary

April 10, 2013: 

The FHA has taken a number of significant steps to mitigate risk and increase the solvency and strength of the mortgage-insurance fund.

Information Released on Flood Program Changes

April 5, 2013: 

On March 29, FEMA released information on changes to the policies and rates of the National Flood Insurance Program. Highlights of the changes, required under the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Bill that passed in 2012, include revised premium rates, a new Reserve Fund assessment, updated rates for non-primary residences, exclusion of certain properties from receiving subsidized premium rates and no extesnions of subsidy to new policies or lapsed policies.

Flood Insurance Subsidies Phasing Out

April 4, 2013: 

The federal government is phasing out some flood insurance premium subsidies for certain properties. Learn about which properties are affected, why, and where to learn more.

Strict Zoning May Increase Foreclosure Risk

April 1, 2013: 

A study finds communities that zoned too strictly for the development of large, single-family homes are at greater risk for foreclosure than areas that accommodate a wider range of housing options.

Indian Home Loan Guarantees Restarted

March 29, 2013: 

After a brief suspension of activity caused by HUD running out of funding for the program, the Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee program was restarted on March 27, 2013.

NAR Hosts E-Signature Summit

March 29, 2013: 

On March 21, NAR played host to a gathering of representatives of government, REALTORS®, major lenders and e-signature service providers to discuss the slow and spotty acceptance of electronic signature technology in daily real estate business.

USDA Releases Census Data Guidance

March 29, 2013: 

On March 27, 2013, the U. S. Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Development issued Administrative Notice (AN) 4711 regarding the use of 2010 Census data in the administration of direct loan, loan guarantee and grant programs across Rural Development programs.

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