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The Real Estate Services (RES) Update is designed to keep diversified real estate firms and their agents informed about issues impacting their businesses. This monthly newsletter includes legislative and regulatory updates, news on industry trends, and the latest information on NAR activities as they affect diversified real estate firms.

Basel III Implementation Delayed

November 16, 2012: 

On Nov. 9, 2012, the Federal Reserve Board, the OCC, and the FDIC announced that proposed rules to implement the Basel III regulatory capital accords will not take effect on Jan. 1, 2013.

House Passes FHA Bill

September 14, 2012: 

Last week the House passed the FHA Emergency Fiscal Solvency Act of 2012, which strengthens FHA's financial solvency; allows FHA to collect losses from lenders who made material errors in underwriting or committed fraud; and strengthens financial oversight and disclosure.

FHA Issues Modest Changes to Condo Rules

September 14, 2012: 

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) issued a mortgagee letter announcing modest improvements to the treatment of condos under the FHA program.

CFPB Names Real Estate Professional Gary Acosta to Consumer Advisory Board

September 14, 2012: 

NAR is pleased the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) included a real estate professional -- the co-founder of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) -- in its 25 member Consumer Advisory Board.

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. 

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.

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