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Property Management Firm Pays $15,000 Fine Following Data Breach

April 2, 2012: 

On March 21st the Massachusetts Attorney General announced that a property management firm was fined $15,000 after the theft of a company laptop containing the personal information of over 600 Massachusetts residents.

REALTORS® Raise Fair Housing Awareness in Local Communities

April 2, 2012: 

As the leading advocate for homeownership and housing issues, the National Association of REALTORS® will join the nation in honoring Fair Housing Month this April.

Lease Accounting Gains Congressional Attention

April 2, 2012: 

On Wednesday, March 28, 2012, the U.S. House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises held a hearing on “Accounting and Auditing Oversight: Pending Proposals and Emerging Issues Confronting Regulators, Standard Setters and the Economy.”

Underwriting Changes Announced for FHA; Includes Collections and Judgments

April 2, 2012: 

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced Mortgagee Letter 2012-3, Miscellaneous Underwriting Issues for loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The Mortgagee Letter changes requirements for borrowers with individual or multiple disputed credit collections.

NAR Comments on FHFA PACE Proposal

April 2, 2012: 

 NAR recently commented on an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) issued by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) on Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs.

NAR Submits Comments on Consumer Privacy Framework

April 2, 2012: 

On March 26, NAR submitted comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on the Administration’s recently release Consumer Privacy Framework.

Lawmakers Raise Concerns on PCCRA

April 2, 2012: 

On March 26, 2012, Reps. Bachus (R-AL) and Garrett (R-NJ) issued a letter expressing concern to six banking agencies regarding their risk retention proposal, which contained a requirement that securitizers set aside the profits from sales of securities in a “premium capture cash reserve accounts” (PCCRAs).

Property Management Firm Pays $15,000 Fine Following Data Breach

April 2, 2012: 

On March 21st the Massachusetts Attorney General announced that a property management firm was fined $15,000 after the theft of a company laptop containing the personal information of over 600 Massachusetts residents.

Congress Extends Flood Insurance for 60 days

April 1, 2012: 

On May 30, 2012, the House of Representatives passed a 60-day extension of the National Flood Insurance Program, which will enable the Senate to act on the 5-year reauthorization and reform bill this June.

Are GSEs Rethinking Mortgage Principal Write-downs?

March 29, 2012: 

The Federal Housing Finance Agency is reportedly analyzing the feasibility and cost of principal mortgage reductions for some borrowers under a revamped Home Affordable Modification Program. If the FHFA starts granting mortgage write-downs, it would be viewed as a major reverse of course from an agency that has in the past opposed principal write-downs.

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