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Let Rural Housing Service Provide Direct Endorsement Authority to Lenders, Say Realtors

The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron in support of the Rural Housing Service and today’s testimony from RHS Administrator Tony Hernandez before the U.S. House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance

Insurance Tips in Aftermath of Mother’s Day Weekend Storms that Swept the Country

With the aftermath of Tropical Storm Ana, and the violent tornadoes that swept through Texas and Oklahoma the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) wants to offer insurance recovery information to help in the wake of these storms


Kevin M. McCarty, Florida Insurance Commissioner and past NAIC president, testified before Congress today on behalf of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). The hearing, titled "The State of the Insurance Industry and Insurance Regulation," was held by the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. His testimony focused on the need to coordinate insurance policy to protect American policyholders and benefit U.S. markets and companies.

Subcommittee Discusses Impact International Regulatory Standards Could Have on U.S.Insurance Competitiveness

The Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, chaired by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO), held a hearing on Wednesday to examine the impact international regulatory standards could have on the competitiveness of U.S. insurers.

Don’t Let Municipal Violations Bring Down Your House

In an eye-opening episode of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” host John Oliver provided an in-depth look at municipal violations (video), and how they could be harming the nation. Often times, when people think of municipal violations they think of traffic infractions and minor crimes; they don’t think their homes are in danger.

Testimony of Treasury Federal Insurance Office Director Michael Mcraith before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs

The Federal Insurance Office (FIO) publishes an annual report to address the state of the insurance industry and related regulatory or macroeconomic developments. FIO’s 2014 Annual Report included sections describing (1) a financial overview of the U.S. insurance industry, (2) developments and issues with respect to consumer protection and access to insurance, (3) regulatory developments, and (4) international developments

United States Files Lawsuit Alleging that Quicken Loans Improperly Originated and Underwrote Federal Housing Administration-Insured Mortgage Loans

The United States has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Quicken Loans Inc. under the False Claims Act for improperly originating and underwriting mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the Justice Department announced today. Quicken is a mortgage lender headquartered in Detroit.

Safe Building Code Incentive Act will Save Lives and Reduce Costs, says IBHS

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) today announced its support for the Safe Building Code Incentive Act, H.R. 1748, which was introduced this week by U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) in the U.S. House. This important legislation would provide additional disaster relief assistance to states adopting and enforcing strong building codes

National Low Income Housing Coalition CEO Testifies before the House Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance

National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) President and CEO Sheila Crowley testified today before the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance of the House Financial Services Committee at a hearing titled, “The Future of Housing in America: Increasing Private Sector Participation in Affordable Housing.”

ALTA Requests Three Changes to CFPB’s New “Your Home Loan” Consumer Toolkit

The American Land Title Association (ALTA), the national trade association of the land title insurance industry, released the following statement today addressing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) new “Your Home Loan Toolkit.”

New IBHS Report Rates Building Codes in 18 Coastal States

Austin, Tex. – April 1, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) – At the National Hurricane Conference today, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) President and CEO Julie Rochman announced the release of the second edition of the Institute’s Rating the States report. The study assesses the progress of 18 hurricane-prone coastal states along the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic [...]

Nationwide Unveils Broad Measure of U.S. Housing Landscape That Signals Healthiest Outlook Since 2001

A new and forward-looking index of the U.S. housing market is at its healthiest level since 2001. Nationwide, a leading insurance and financial services organization, unveiled its new housing market barometer today, which evaluates the housing health outlook for the U.S. and 373 metropolitan areas.

IBHS Hurricane Research to employ HWind Scientific Data

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) today announced it is working with HWind Scientific (HWS) to utilize its detailed archive of significant historical hurricane data, which will help IBHS associate winds from specific storms to its building performance research

Statement By Secretary Jeh C. Johnson On Insurance Claims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 3, 2015 - (RealEstateRama) -- The 60 Minutes report Sunday about Hurricane Sandy insurance claims is a matter of great concern to me and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. We share the views expressed by FEMA Deputy Associate Administrator Brad Kieserman during the program. Any allegation of fraud is highly troubling, and especially so when it involves Americans who have lost their homes in a natural disaster

Stronger Construction Standards can Reduce Tornado Destruction, says IBHS

OKLAHOMA CITY - February 25, 2015 - (RealEstateRama) -- “The devastation and damage to homes and businesses caused by tornadoes can and should be reduced by better construction methods,” said Dr. Tim Reinhold, chief engineer and senior vice president of research, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS).

Severe Winter Weather in Forecast throughout the Country; IBHS Offers Last-Minute Checklist for Property Owners

Tampa, FL - February 20, 2015 - (RealEstateRama) -- Heavy snowfall, icy conditions, and freezing temperatures are likely for property owners in the Rockies, southeast and northeast in the next few days. As people throughout the country prepare for the oncoming dangerous winter weathe

3 Things Consumers Should Consider When Shopping for a Title Company

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 17, 2015 - (RealEstateRama) -- Purchasing a home is the single largest investment most consumers make in their lifetime. Soon the spring homebuying season will begin and the American Land Title Association (ALTA) reminds consumers of the three most important things to consider when shopping for a title company


WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 17, 2015 - (RealEstateRama) -- The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) released separate requests for proposals (RFP) for vendors to model expected losses on approximately 6,000 commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) and 24,500 residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS). This process will produce valuations for state insurance regulators to set risk-based capital for CMBS and RMBS owned by U.S. insurance companies


WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 2, 2015 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today issued a new policy under its Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) Program giving FHA-approved lenders the option to delay calling HECMs with eligible ‘non-borrowing spouses’ due and payable. A delay would postpone foreclosure normally triggered by the death of the last surviving borrower. FHA’s new guidance will allow reverse mortgage lenders to assign eligible HECMs to HUD upon the death of the last surviving borrowing spouse, thereby allowing eligible surviving spouses the opportunity to remain in the home despite their non-borrowing status

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT… Tampa Bay Times: “Atwater: Stress tests may instill confidence in insurance”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 28, 2015 - (RealEstateRama) -- Florida's top financial officer said Tuesday that creating a "stress test" will help instill public confidence in the smaller insurers that have come to dominate Florida's property insurance market