Regulation & Policy

CFPB Opens Up Mortgage Bank Complaint Lines
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CFPB Opens Up Mortgage Bank Complaint Lines

Real estate columnist Kenneth R. Harney reports that the federal government's top... Read more

How Much Dirt is Enough for New Homes?
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How Much Dirt is Enough for New Homes?

Not all dirt is created equally. The Des Moines Register's Donnelle Eller take a... Read more

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Study: OSHA is 'Off' on Silica Rule Cost Impact by $4.5 Billion a YearStudy: OSHA is 'Off' on Silica Rule Cost Impact by $4.5 Billion a Year

Per a National Association of Home Builders press statement, a new report released today by the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) found that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposed silica standards for the U.S. construction industry will cost the industry $5 billion per year—roughly $4 .5 billion per year more than OSHA’s estimates. Read more

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Future Proof: San Diego New Homes Must Be Solar-ReadyFuture Proof: San Diego New Homes Must Be Solar-Ready

San Diego's Board of Supervisors amended the county's building code to require new single-family homes be wired for solar panels and electric vehicles. Read more

Florida Bill Would Award More Money on Forced Condo Sales
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Florida Bill Would Award More Money on Forced Condo Sales

Wall Street Journal staffers Kris Hudson and Arian Campo-Flores report that a new... Read more

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Senator Rails Against the CFPB as a 'Rogue Agency'Senator Rails Against the CFPB as a 'Rogue Agency'

HousingWire staffer Ben Lane comments on the building controversy in the debate over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Capitol Hill and beyond. Now, one U.S. Senator is calling the CFPB a “rogue agency” that needs to be seriously reined in. Read more

Bay Area Officials May Ban Wood-Burning Devices
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Bay Area Officials May Ban Wood-Burning Devices

A bold proposal to phase out old fireplaces is heating up in the San Francisco Bay... Read more

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N.C. Towns Seek Compromise on Home Design ControlsN.C. Towns Seek Compromise on Home Design Controls

North Carolina builders and developers have had enough with covenants they feel go overboard in dictating the look of residential neighborhoods, even down to the number of bedrooms. Read more

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Fannie, Freddie at Risk of Needing Future Bailouts?Fannie, Freddie at Risk of Needing Future Bailouts?

Wall Street Journal staffer Joe Light reports on a new reports from the Federal Housing Finance Agency inspector general that says Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could be at risk of needing more government bailouts. Read more

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How Highways, Transit Get Funded ... or Don'tHow Highways, Transit Get Funded ... or Don't

With the temporary increase in funding for the federal highway trust fund set to run out by May 2015, states and localities facing renewed prospect that shortfalls in the fund could delay or reduce the federal money they rely on for transportation projects. Read more

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