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Text of the Fair Choice and Competition in Real Estate Act of 2005

This bill was introduced on May 26, 2005, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of May 26, 2005 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

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109th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2660

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 26, 2005

(for himself and Mr. Frank of Massachusetts) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services

A BILL

To amend the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 to clarify that real estate brokerage activities and real estate management activities are authorized financial activities for financial holding companies and financial subsidiaries of national banks, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Fair Choice and Competition in Real Estate Act of 2005.

2.

Clarification that certain real estate activities are financial activities

(a)

In general

Section 4(k)(4) of the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (12 U.S.C. 1843(k)(4)) is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(J)

Engaging in real estate brokerage activities and real estate management activities.

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(b)

Definitions

Section 2 of the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (12 U.S.C. 1841) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(r)

Definitions relating to financial activities

(1)

Real estate brokerage activity

The term real estate brokerage activity means any activity that involves offering or providing real estate brokerage services to the public, including—

(A)

acting as an agent for a buyer, seller, lessor, or lessee of real property;

(B)

listing or advertising real property for sale, purchase, lease, rental, or exchange;

(C)

providing advice in connection with sale, purchase, lease, rental, or exchange of real property;

(D)

bringing together parties interested in the sale, purchase, lease, rental, or exchange of real property;

(E)

negotiating, on behalf of any party, any portion of a contract relating to the sale, purchase, lease, rental, or exchange of real property (other than in connection with providing financing with respect to any such transaction);

(F)

engaging in any activity for which a person engaged in the activity is required to be registered or licensed as a real estate agent or broker under any applicable law; and

(G)

offering to engage in any activity, or act in any capacity, described in subparagraph (A), (B), (C), (D), (E), or (F).

(2)

Real estate management activity

The term real estate management activity means any activity that involves offering or providing real estate management services to the public, including—

(A)

procuring any tenant or lessee for any real property;

(B)

negotiating leases of real property;

(C)

maintaining security deposits on behalf of any tenant or lessor of real property (other than as a depository institution for any person providing real estate management services for any tenant or lessor of real property);

(D)

billing and collecting rental payments with respect to real property or providing periodic accounting for such payments;

(E)

making principal, interest, insurance, tax, or utility payments with respect to real property (other than as a depository institution or other financial institution on behalf of, and at the direction of, an account holder at the institution);

(F)

overseeing the inspection, maintenance, and upkeep of real property, generally; and

(G)

offering to engage in any activity, or act in any capacity, described in subparagraphs (A), (B), (C), (D), (E), or (F).

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