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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.

NAR Reviews Reforms Proposed to Critical Habitat Designations

September 4, 2012: 

Proposed changes to the role and timing of economic impact analyses during the process of designating critical habitat for an endangered species may have unintended economic impacts on adjacent communities.

NAR Comments on RESPA/TILA Proposal to Change APR

September 4, 2012: 

NAR submitted comments on a small part of the 1,100 page RESPA/TILA harmonization regulatory proposal seeking to change the annual percentage rate or APR calculation. 

FHFA Announces New Short Sale Guidance

August 24, 2012: 

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be issuing new guidelines to enhance and streamline the short sale process.

CFPB Issues Proposed Rule on Mortgage Servicing

August 24, 2012: 

The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a proposed rule covering a number of mortgage servicing topics.

Government Extends Period to Request Review of Foreclosure Handling to Dec. 31, 2012

August 17, 2012: 

Borrowers who faced foreclosure in 2009 or 2010 may be eligible for a free independent review of their foreclosures and they now have until Dec. 31, 2012, to make a request for that review.

New Rules Proposed for Higher-Risk Mortgages

August 17, 2012: 

The Federal Reserve Board has joined with five other federal regulatory agencies in proposing a new 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.

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