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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.

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.

Coalition Urges Passage of Foreign Investment Bill

August 17, 2012: 

NAR championed a coalition letter to House Leadership and the House Judiciary Committee urging support for Senate legislation reauthorizing the EB-5 regional center program.

CFPB Issues HOEPA Rule Proposal for High Cost Loans

August 17, 2012: 

On Aug. 15, 2012, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published in the Federal Register a proposal to implement new Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act (HOEPA) rules that expand the coverage of this statute and tightens the limits of what is considered a high cost loan.

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