Updated Tuesday, September 2, 2014 as of 12:27 AM ET

SEC's REIT Review Could Chill Housing Market, Analysts Warn

Mortgage real-estate investment trusts have been exempt from the Investment Act of 1940, which regulates the fees that can be charged to investors and limits the amount of leverage a fund can use. But the Securities and Exchange Commission said last month that it had initiated a review of that exemption, as mortgage REITs are beginning to look more like mutual funds.

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