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On Tuesday, September 17, 2013, NAR President Gary Thomas sent a letter to Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Acting Director Ed Demarco raising concerns about the continued attempts to increase cost and reduce access to conventional mortgages.
On September 18, 2013, NAR President Gary Thomas sent FHA Commissioner Galante a letter concerning HUD’s new policy preventing dual agency agreements in FHA pre-foreclosure transactions.
On September 19, the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing to examine the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) of 2002, which sunsets on December 31, 2014.
On September 17, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) announced a joint proposed rule that purports to clarify which streams, wetlands and other waters are “waters of the United States” and subject to jurisdiction under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA).
October 1 marks not only the date that insurance exchanges (“Marketplaces”) open under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but also the date by which certain employers are required to provide their employees notice of coverage options available through the Marketplaces.
NAR sent two letters to the House of Representatives this week urging against cosponsoring Rep. Joe Hensarling’s (R-TX) housing finance reform bill, H.R. 2767, the Protecting American Taxpayers and Homeowners (PATH) Act.