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On March 26, 2012, Reps. Bachus (R-AL) and Garrett (R-NJ) issued a letter expressing concern to six banking agencies regarding their risk retention proposal, which contained a requirement that securitizers set aside the profits from sales of securities in a “premium capture cash reserve accounts” (PCCRAs).
On March 23, 2012, Bank of America (BoA) announced that it was going to be offering a limited number of delinquent borrowers an opportunity to leaseback their homes after agreeing to execute a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure.
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.
On Thursday March 29, 2012, Congressmen Bill Huizenga (R-MI), Ed Royce (R-CA), Lacy Clay (D-MO), and David Scott (D-GA) introduced "The Consumer Mortgage Choice Act." The legislation fixes issues with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act's Qualified Mortgage (QM) provisions.
On March 21st the Massachusetts Attorney General announced that a property management firm was fined $15,000 after the theft of a company laptop containing the personal information of over 600 Massachusetts residents.