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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.

Legislation to Extend Expiring Relief Introduced

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.

House Financial Services Committee Passes RESPA Home Warranty Bill on Voice Vote

April 2, 2012: 

On Tuesday, March 27, 2012, The House Financial Services Committee passed HR 2446, The RESPA Home Warranty Clarification Act by a voice vote.

Legislation Introduced to Fix Issues with Qualified Mortgage that Would Deny Consumer Choice

April 2, 2012: 

On Thursday March 29, 2012, Congressmen Bill Huizenga (R-MI), Ed Royce (R-CA), Lacy Clay (D-MO), and David Scott (D-GA) introduced "The Consumer Mortgage Choice Act." The legislation fixes issues with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act's Qualified Mortgage (QM) provisions.

Congress Extends Flood Insurance for 60 days

April 1, 2012: 

On May 30, 2012, the House of Representatives passed a 60-day extension of the National Flood Insurance Program, which will enable the Senate to act on the 5-year reauthorization and reform bill this June.

Government Releases Details of $25 Billion Mortgage Servicing Settlement

March 19, 2012: 

On Monday, March 12, 2012, the federal government released details of the $25 billion dollar national mortgage settlement stemming from the "robo-signing" scandal. The agreement with Bank of America Corporation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Wells Fargo & Company, Citigroup Inc.

NAR President Kicks-off 5-Year Flood Insurance Coalition Push

March 1, 2012: 

As part of an historic “Flood the Hill” coalition of real estate, construction, financial services, insurance, consumer, taxpayer and environmental groups, NAR stepped up pressure on Congress to pass the 5-year Flood Insurance Reauthorization Bill.

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