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.
The six financial federal regulators [HUD, Fed, FDIC, FHFA, OCC, SEC] responsible for writing and implementing the Qualified Residential Mortgage rule, or "QRM", re-proposed the rule after receiving considerable pushback from NAR, other housing industry groups, consumer groups, and lawmakers.
On August 28, 2013, the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final regulations on the individual shared responsibility provisions, i.e. individual mandate, of the Affordable Care Act.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the dismissal by a lower court of a lawsuit which claimed that the sale of condominium units in a hotel, together with a “rental management agreement,” constituted the sale of securities.
On August 22, 2013, Fannie Mae announced updates to its automated underwriting standards to fix problems with credit reporting of short sales.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has funding available for Section 504 home repair loans.
On August 1, the leaders of a House subcommittee that regulates online commerce issues launched a bipartisan working group to examine online privacy issues and determine whether legislation is necessary to address concerns over the way companies are handling vast troves of data.
On Aug. 6, 2013, President Obama delivered a speech and released a fact sheet on the Administration’s proposal for housing finance reform. This was the Administration’s most significant discussion on housing finance since the release of the Treasury Department’s 2011 white paper, “Reforming America’s Housing Finance Market."
On Aug. 8, 2013 the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which regulates Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, released a statement on the use of eminent domain to restructure performing loans along with an analysis of the implications for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the FHFA. NAR cautions that the impact of such proposals could have a chilling effect on lending in these municipalities and raised these concerns with the FHFA in 2012.
On Tuesday, July 30, 2013, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the Community Associations Institute (CAI), and the Institute for Real Estate Management (IREM) submitted comments to Federal Housing Commissioner Carol Galante.
On July 10, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released final rulethat make changes to its January 2013 final mortgage rules under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA).