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Federal regulators are once again scrutinizing incentives tied to the use of homebuilders' affiliated mortgage and title companies, looking for evidence that they cost consumers more than they're worth, help inflate appraisals, and lower underwriting standards.The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 2008 proposed a ban on such incentives, but backed down last year after homebuilders sued over the proposed rule change (see story).Now HUD is asking for studies and data regulators say would further their stated goal: protecting consumers from abusive incentive schemes while still allowing affiliated businesses to offer legitimate discounts or packaged settlement services.In a June 3 Federal Register notice, HUD said it's preparing to draft new rules strengthening and clarifyi...