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The Washington Report covers legislative and regulatory policy activities, and is compiled by NAR's Government Affairs policy staff. To receive this content via email, subscribe to NAR's Weekly Report newsletter and check the "legislative & regulatory issues" box.

FHA Reverse Mortgage Changes

May 2, 2014: 

On April 25, 2014, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued new guidance to ease requirements for non-borrowing spouses on FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM) issued on or after August 4, 2014.  The policy changes are in response to complaints from families that are being forced into foreclosure after inheriting a home following the death of a loved one.

CFPB Proposes 3% Cure

May 2, 2014: 

On Wednesday, April 30, 2014, The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed to institute a "cure" mechanism for cases in which a lender inadvertently exceeds the 3% threshold on fees and points.

National Flood Insurance Program Effective May 1

April 30, 2014: 

Effective May 1, 2014, all buyers of older properties (“pre-FIRM”) will see a premium rate reduction under the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014.

CFPB Explores E-Closings

April 25, 2014: 

NAR participated in a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) public forum on electronic mortgage closings on April 23, 2014.

Private Transfer Fee Coalition Letter

April 25, 2014: 

On April 23, 2014, the National Association of REALTORS® signed onto a coalition letter urging the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to harmonize its regulatory treatment of transfer fee covenants with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).

Homebuyer Flood Insurance Relief

April 16, 2014: 

On April 15, 2014, FEMA issued a WYO Company Bulletin implementing the first provisions of the Flood Insurance Affordability Act and providing immediate rate relief to homebuyers.

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