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.
The week of July 16, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced the expansion of the Distressed Asset Sale Program (DASP).
On July 9, 2012, NAR President Moe Veissi submitted comment to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on its outline of proposals for future mortgage servicing rulemaking.
On Monday, July 9, 2012, The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued the long awaited RESPA/TILA harmonization proposal. The proposal, at 1,100 pages is far more ambitious than simplifying and combining the Good Faith Estimate (GFE) and Truth in Lending (TIL) disclosures given to consumers upon application for a mortgage as NAR advocated.
On Monday, July 9, 2012, NAR joined the Consumer Mortgage Banking Project (CMBP) in responding to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) request for additional information and data in developing the Qualified Mortgage (QM) test.
On June 29, 2012, the Senate and House passed the Flood Insurance Reform Act as a part of H.R. 4348, the Surface Transportation Conference Report. Passage of this 5-year re-authorization brings certainty to real estate transactions in more than 21,000 communities nationwide where flood insurance is required for a mortgage.
Overshadowed by the Supreme Court’s June 28 decision on the Affordable Care Act, the Court also reversed course and dismissed the appeal of First American Corporation in First American Financial Services v. Edwards challenging whether a claim alleging RESPA violations can be brought in the absence of actual financial injury to a plaintiff.