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On Jan. 15, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District.
The Federal Reserve Board, along with five other federal regulatory agencies, issued a final rule to impose appraisal requirements for loans secured by a borrower’s home and bearing interest rates higher than the average prime offer rate (APOR) for comparable properties and mortgages.
On Aug. 24. 2012, the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service published a proposed rule to enact changes to the process for designating critical habitats for endangered species.
On Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, NAR achieved a significant victory in obtaining a safe harbor in the QM rule for loans underwritten to the automated standards of the GSEs, FHA, VA, and RHS.
On Jan. 4, 2013, Congress approved nearly a $10 Billion increase in the National Flood Insurance Program's borrowing authority for Superstorm Sandy (HR 41).
On Jan. 1 both the Senate and House passed H.R. 8, legislation to avert the “fiscal cliff.”