Mortgage bankers and real estate firms agree to disagree on the provisions of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, but the adversaries have acknowledged that the fate of the four embattled provisions may be greatly influenced by Department of Housing and Urban Development General Counsel-appointee Nelson Diaz.

Diaz sailed through the Senate Banking Committee nomination hearing Aug. 4, passing with a unanimous vote, and full Senate confirmation was expected before Congress broke for the August recess.

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