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On March 9, 2012, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued Supplemental Directive 12-02 that extends the Making Home Affordable (MHA) program to the end of 2013, and makes several changes to the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) to increase the number of eligible participants.
On Monday, March 12, 2012, the federal government released details of the $25 billion dollar national mortgage settlement stemming from the "robo-signing" scandal. The agreement with Bank of America Corporation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Wells Fargo & Company, Citigroup Inc.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released the final rule on private transfer fees. The final rule is not substantively different than the proposed rule; however, it does include minor changes advocated for by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).
On March 14, 2012, NAR signed onto two coalition letters, urging Senate Majority Leader Reid and Republican Leader McConnell to expand the Senate jobs legislation to include provisions aimed to enhance the flow of credit to the small business and commercial real estate sectors.
On March 9, 2012, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA, the conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, or the GSEs) released details on the implementation of the new FHFA strategic plan through the use of a “2012 Conservatorship Scorecard”.
On February 15, 2012, Freddie Mac released an update to its servicing guide, reinforcing the requirement that servicers must waive all rights to seek deficiencies for short sale and deed-in-lieu of foreclosure transactions on Freddie Mac Mortgages.