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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.

Members of Congress Send Letter to FHA on Condos

June 11, 2012: 

Sixty-nine Members of the House of Representatives wrote to the FHA last week, asking them to loosen restrictions on the sale of condominiums.

NAR Calls on VA to Implement 203(k) Renovation Pilot Program

June 1, 2012: 

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) President Moe Veissi sent a letter to the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinski asking the agency to offer a Veterans Renovation Pilot Program similar to the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) 203(k) Program.

CFPB Issues Loan Officer Compensation and Fees and Points Proposal (and real estate commissions)

June 1, 2012: 

On May 23, 2012, The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB held a small business review panel to evaluate proposed changes to the Federal Reserve’s Loan Officer Compensation Rule as well as offer alternatives as to how borrowers can be charged fees and points.

CFPB Delays Qualified Mortgage to Get More Data

June 1, 2012: 

On Thursday May 31, 2012, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it would be seeking additional information on loan performance with regard to Debt to Income (DTI) ratios and a few other factors.

Realtors® Offer Support for Bill to Help Responsible Homeowners Refinance

May 24, 2012: 

A proposed bill to streamline and align the refinance processes of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may soon make it easier for homeowners who are current on their mortgage payments but who have been previously unable to refinance to finally take advantage of record low interest rates.

Future of Housing Finance Will be Top Issue for Next President

May 16, 2012: 

The future of housing finance in the U.S. will be a key issue facing the winner of the upcoming presidential election.

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