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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.

HUD Announces Proposed Rule to Reduce Permitted Seller Concessions

February 27, 2012: 

This week the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a proposed rule on permitted seller concessions for loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA)http://www.hud.gov/.

FCC Adopts New Telemarketing Rules

February 20, 2012: 

On February 15, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously adopted new restrictions on autodialed and prerecorded telemarketing calls, commonly referred to as “robocalls.” The action is designed to harmonize the FCC's Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) rules with the Federal Trade Commission's Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR.)

Government Extends Period to Request Review of Foreclosure Handling to July 31

February 20, 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 July 31, 2012 to make a request for that review.

Proposed Lease Accounting Standards will be Costly

February 20, 2012: 

On February 16, 2012, a coalition of several leading commercial real estate organizations, including NAR, released a report that examines the economic impact of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and Financial Accounting Standards Board’s proposed lease accounting standard.

FHFA Requests Information on PACE Programs

February 20, 2012: 

On Thursday, January 26, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) published in the Federal Register an "Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking" (ANPR) requesting information and comments on Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs.

Administration Proposed Budget for HUD Indicates Premium Increases for FHA

February 20, 2012: 

The proposed fiscal year 2013 budget for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) includes information on upcoming premium increases for the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).

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