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As part of the Farm Bill (S.3240), the Senate passed an amendment by Senators Nelson (D-NE) and Johanns (R-NE) that will grandfather communities currently eligible for rural housing programs, and increase the population threshold for those communities to 35,000.
On June 19, 2012, twelve members of Congress, led by Sens. Hagan (D-NC) and Crapo (R-ID), issued a letter expressing concern to six banking agencies regarding their proposed risk retention regulations.
Fannie Mae issued Selling Guide Announcement SEL-2012-05. The Guide states that effective July 16, 2012, Fannie Mae will not purchase or securitize mortgages on properties encumbered by private transfer fee (PTF) covenants that were created on or after February 8, 2011.
On June 13, 2012, NAR President Moe Veissi submitted comments to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA, the conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the GSEs)) on its Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2013-2017 that incorporates the strategic plan for the conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac FHFA sent to Congress in February 2012.
On June 7, 2012, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors unanimously approved the release of three Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRs) for Basel III and the final rule for Basel 2.5.
As a result of unprecedented commitments by private landowners to voluntary conservation agreements now in place in New Mexico and Texas that provide for the long-term conservation of the dunes sagebrush lizard, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the species does not need to be listed under the Endangered Species Act.