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On July 26, 2012, NAR President Moe Veissi submitted comments to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA, the conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the GSEs)) on the proposed GSE affordable housing goals for 2012-2014.
On July 26, 2012, a coalition of organizations, including NAR, submitted comments to regulators regarding the proposed Basel III capital rules.
The week of July 16, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced the expansion of the Distressed Asset Sale Program (DASP).
On July 9, 2012, NAR President Moe Veissi submitted comment to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on its outline of proposals for future mortgage servicing rulemaking.
The EPA is required to develop regulations that establish lead safe work practices for renovation, repair and painting (RRP) activities for commercial and public buildings, and the date was recently pushed back a second time, to Sept. 15, 2012.
On Monday, July 9, 2012, The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued the long awaited RESPA/TILA harmonization proposal. The proposal, at 1,100 pages is far more ambitious than simplifying and combining the Good Faith Estimate (GFE) and Truth in Lending (TIL) disclosures given to consumers upon application for a mortgage as NAR advocated.