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The Washington Report covers legislative and regulatory policy activities, and is compiled by NAR's Government Affairs policy staff. To receive this content via email, subscribe to NAR's Weekly Report newsletter and check the "legislative & regulatory issues" box.

New FHA Loan Limits for 2014

December 13, 2013: 

Much has been going on in the area of loan limits.  Last month, the FHFA announced that the loan limits for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae would not be going down in 2014, as had been previously suggested.

NAR Comments on FHA QM Rule

December 13, 2013: 

On Wednesday December 11, 2013, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) released its final Ability to Repay/Qualified Mortgage (QM) Rule.

Deadline for Applications on Healthcare.gov Extended

December 13, 2013: 

In response to delays encountered in the implementation of the federally administered health exchange website, Healthcare.gov, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services formally issued regulations on December 12th extending the deadline for signing up via the website for health insurance that would take effect on January 1, 2014.

NAR Comments on FHA Handbook

December 13, 2013: 

On December 13, 2013, NAR President Steve Brown sent a letter to Charles Coulter, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Single Family Housing, concerning the draft FHA Single Family Handbook.

Rule on HPML Appraisal Exemptions

December 13, 2013: 

On December 12, 2013, The Federal Reserve Board, along with five other federal regulatory agencies, issued a final rule to exempt a subset of higher priced mortgage loans (HPML) from certain appraisal requirements.

Anti-Patent Troll Bill Passes House by Huge Margin

December 6, 2013: 

On Dec. 5, 2013 the U.S. House passed the H.R. 3309 “Innovation Act” aimed at curbing abuses in the patent litigation system.

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