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Federal Reserve Issues Policy Statement on Rental of REOs

April 9, 2012: 

On Thursday, April 5, 2012, the Federal Reserve Board (Fed) issued a policy statement clarifying policies regarding the rental of REO properties acquired by banks through foreclosure.

Federal Appeals Judge Scraps EPA Veto, Agrees with NAR on Mountaintop Coal Mine

April 9, 2012: 

U.S. EPA overstepped its authority when it vetoed a Clean Water Act permit issued for a sprawling mountaintop-removal coal mining project in West Virginia, a federal judge ruled today.

House Committee Passes FHA Bill

April 2, 2012: 

Given the concerns about FHA's overall fiscal stability, this bill balances the needs to protect the fund from taxpayer risk, with the need to continue to provide access to safe and affordable mortgage financing. There is not any plan for timing on the House Floor. There is not yet a companion in the Senate.

NAR Comments on FHFA PACE Proposal

April 2, 2012: 

NAR noted that most PACE loans are in the primary lien position, which means that in the event of a default, these loans get repaid first, even before the mortgage. NAR believes that this first lien position of PACE loans adds an unnecessary risk and may threaten mortgage markets during the current fragile recovery of real estate markets.

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).

NAR Comments on Consumer Privacy Framework

April 2, 2012: 

NAR stressed that it is critical that an anticipated multi-stakeholder process consider all relevant voices on this most important issue—including the small business/independent contractor whose business model is increasingly dependent on internet technologies to innovate and thrive.

New Legislation Would Extend Mortgage Cancellation Relief

April 2, 2012: 

Three bills have been introduced by members of the tax-writing committees that would extend the 2007 mortgage cancellation relief that is currently scheduled to expire at the end of 2012.

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.

NAR Sends Letter to 6 Regulators on REO Disposition

April 2, 2012: 

On March 28, 2012, NAR President Moe Veissi sent a letter to the Federal Reserve Board, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency, Department of the Treasury, and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, urging policymakers and lenders to focus on expanding the availability of financing for qualified home buyers and investors to increase the REO absorption rate.

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).

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