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The following is a real estate news roundup: Feds OK Bank of America, Countrywide merger The Federal Reserve Board has approved Bank of America Corp.'s plan to acquire Countrywide Financial Corp., saying that it would not stifle competition in mortgage lending or violate restrictions that limit depository institutions from controlling more than 10 percent of deposits. With $1.7 trillion in deposits, BofA is already the largest depository institution in the U.S. After its acquisition of Countrywide, BofA would control 10.9 percent of U.S. deposits, which could limit its ability to acquire other banks, the Federal Reserve said in an order approving the deal. The Fed said the merger would not impact competition for property appraisal and real estate settlement services because the...