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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.

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).

Obama Recommends Extension of Tax Relief

February 20, 2012: 

President Obama's FY 2013 Budget, presented to Congress February 13, includes a recommendation that Congress extend the mortgage cancellation tax relief provisions

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