NAHB: Victory on bank rules keeps credit flowing

The Federal Reserve Board on July 2 approved a final rule covering most of the Basel III bank regulatory requirements, which will increase the amount of capital banks have to hold in their reserves.

In a victory for the HBA and Home Builders, the final rule contains major improvements over what was proposed last year related to home mortgages. NAHB had urged regulators to shield community banks from overly burdensome capital rules that would have restricted their ability to provide new-home production loans and small business loans. The Fed addressed many of these concerns in posting its final rule.

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