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The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development announced a pilot refinance program for the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP).
Starting February 22, 2012, the Treasury Department, in collaboration with the National Association of REALTORS®, will hold Making Home Affordable “Help for Homeowners” outreach events across the country.
On February 7, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury released a final rule that subjects nonbank residential mortgage lenders and originators to certain anti-money laundering (AML) regulations already applicable to other types of financial institutions.
On February 1, 2012, NAR, along with dozens of other organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee as well as a letter to the Chairman of the Committee (Sen. Baucus, D-MT) asking for support of S.1832, the Marketplace Fairness Act.
On Thursday, February 9, 2012 the federal government and 49 states entered into a settlement dealing with the mortgage servicing issues emanating from the foreclosure crisis of the last few years including the "robo-signing" scandal.
The Housing and Insurance Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee last week passed the " FHA Emergency Fiscal Solvency Act" (no bill number yet).
Last week the Insurance and Housing Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee passed a the "Affordable Housing and Self-Sufficiency Improvement Act of 2012" (AHSSIA, no bill number).
Part of the Obama Administration’s announcement to help underwater homeowners includes the Streamline Refinance offered by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).
As a result of a court order in mid-2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will emabrk on an aggressive push in 2012 to place more species on the endangered list, thereby placing more property out of development and increasing restrictions on property rights.