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On Oct. 30, real estate and finance industry groups, including NAR, sent a joint trade letter the agencies responsible for the QRM rules (the Federal Reserve, FDIC, HUD, SEC, Department of the Treasury, and the FHFA) regarding commercial real estate elements of the re-proposed rule on credit risk retention ("the Re-proposal").
On Oct. 29, 2013, NAR commented on FHA's proposed Ability to Repay/Qualified Mortgage(QM) Rule.
On Monday, Oct, 28, 2013, Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE), Carl Levin (D-MI), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) introduced S. 1577: The Mortgage Choice Act.
Five federal regulatory agencies are issuing a joint notice of proposed rulemaking to amend regulations pertaining to loans secured by property located in special flood hazard areas.
On October 23, four members of the House Judiciary Committee introduced legislation to address the growing problem of patent litigation abuse.
NAR President Thomas testified before the Senate Banking Committee telling Congress to raise the debt limit in a timely manner to avoid financial market disruptions.