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Condo legislation passes in Senate, offers relief for homebuyers

Headed to president's desk
The Senate just unanimously passed a bill to help solve the affordability crisis. The condo bill passed the House back in February, and now just awaits President Obama's signature to become law. The National Association of Realtors lobbied heavily for the reform and says the new condo legislation will provide homebuyers with a more affordable option.
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House will vote this week on measure to limit CEO pay at Fannie, Freddie

Senate version of bipartisan bill passed unanimously
A congressional push to limit the salaries for the CEOs of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac moves closer this week when the House version of a bill that already passed the Senate unanimously goes to the House floor for a vote. There's little reason to expect it won't have an easy landing, but then it goes to the White House.
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Senate Appropriations Committee approves $55B housing, transportation bill

Housing allocated $2B more than FY2015, $3B less than White House wanted
The Senate Committee on Appropriations today approved the FY2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, making the $55.65 billion measure available for consideration by the Senate. It's more than last year, but less than the White House wanted.
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JPMorgan’s Dimon to Sen. Warren: Hit me with a fine. We can afford it

New afterword from Warren’s book reveals tense exchange
It’s probably safe to say that of all the elected officials that walk the halls on Capitol Hill, Sen. Elizabeth Warren isn’t Wall Street’s favorite, but a newly released excerpt from Warren’s book “A Fighting Chance,” shows just how tense her interactions with Wall Street’s bigwigs can be.
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From HW Magazine

Senate flip

How much will Republicans actually do in the next two years?
Some economists believe the Republican sweep of both the Senate and House will reduce gridlock, increase pro-business legislation, and perhaps even lead to tax and immigration reform. One thing’s for certain — Democratic efforts to raise the minimum wage are now dead in the water.
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Senate fails to pass Terrorism Risk Insurance Act

Housing groups "extremely disappointed" in "alarming failure"
The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act is critical to the housing industry, and despite passing the House on a bipartisan vote, the Senate failed to reauthorize it before recessing. Here's what the industry has to say.
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Short sale tax break passes in House

Now on to the Senate
According to a recent estimate from RealtyTrac, there have been more than 170,000 short sales representing a mortgage debt forgiveness of $8.1 billion total in the first three quarters of 2014 alone. All those borrowers will be facing massive tax bills if the bill doesn't pass in the Senate as well.
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Castro’s confirmation as HUD Secretary met with industry approval

President Obama, others praise San Antonio mayor
"I applaud the bipartisan majority of Senators who today confirmed Julián Castro as our next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development," President Obama said. "Julián is a proven leader, a champion for safe, affordable housing and strong, sustainable neighborhoods."
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