The Washington Report covers legislative and regulatory policy activities, and is compiled by NAR's Advocacy Group policy staff. To receive this content via email, subscribe to NAR's Member's Edge newsletter.
The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives both approved H.R. 4348, the Surface Transportation Conference Report. The bill authorizes federal surface transportation spending programs through Sept. 30, 2014.
On June 28, 2012, Frank Gregoire testified before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity on behalf of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).
Overshadowed by the Supreme Court’s June 28 decision on the Affordable Care Act, the Court also reversed course and dismissed the appeal of First American Corporation in First American Financial Services v. Edwards challenging whether a claim alleging RESPA violations can be brought in the absence of actual financial injury to a plaintiff.
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.
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 19, 2012, NAR President Moe Veissi met with Richard Cordray, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to discuss a wide range of topics including the Qualified Mortgage (QM) and RESPA/TILA rulemakings, as well as upcoming rulemakings covering servicing standards and loan officer compensation.
On Wednesday, June 20, 2012, NAR 2012 President Moe Veissi testified before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing, and Community Opportunity on the forthcoming Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rulemaking on RESPA/TILA harmonization.
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.
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.