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.
On Jan. 30, 2013, the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) Commissioner Carol Galante announced a series of changes to be issued this week that manage risk and further strengthen the heath of FHA’s Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund (MMI Fund).
The Federal Reserve Board, along with five other federal regulatory agencies, issued a final rule to impose appraisal requirements for loans secured by a borrower’s home and bearing interest rates higher than the average prime offer rate (APOR) for comparable properties and mortgages.
On Sept. 20, 2012, The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA, the conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the GSEs) proposed adjustments to the Guarantee fees charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for individual states where the GSEs estimated longer timelines and higher costs for completing foreclosures.
Earlier this year, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA, the conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the GSEs) released a white paper on the creation of a common secondary market securitization platform to begin the process of GSE Reform.
On Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced its proposed policy to allow companies to test new consumer disclosures on a case-by-case basis.
Last week, the Senate Banking Committee held a hearing entitled, "Oversight of FHA: Examining HUD's Response to Fiscal Challenges".