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 Thursday, April 5, 2012, the Federal Reserve Board (Fed) issued a policy statement clarifying policies regarding the rental of REO properties acquired by banks through foreclosure.
NAR generally supports the proposed rule but makes several recommendations to mitigate unintended consequences that may negatively impact communities with higher than average closing costs. NAR recommends allowing seller concessions greater than the proposed 3 percent or $6,000; especially in areas of the country with higher closing costs.
Given the concerns about FHA's overall fiscal stability, this bill balances the needs to protect the fund from taxpayer risk, with the need to continue to provide access to safe and affordable mortgage financing. There is not any plan for timing on the House Floor. There is not yet a companion in the Senate.
On March 28, 2012, NAR President Moe Veissi sent a letter to the Federal Reserve Board, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency, Department of the Treasury, and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, urging policymakers and lenders to focus on expanding the availability of financing for qualified home buyers and investors to increase the REO absorption rate.
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.
On Tuesday, March 27, 2012, The House Financial Services Committee passed HR 2446, The RESPA Home Warranty Clarification Act by a voice vote.