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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.
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.)
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).
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).
The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development announced a pilot refinance program for the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP).