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May 3, 2011: Supporting the Troops and Americans Who Recently Lost Their Homes

May 3, 2011: 

2011 President Ron Phipps thanks our military for protecting our freedoms and calls on REALTORS® to stand together as home owners in Washington and support fellow REALTORS® who have lost their homes in Alabama and other states.


Answer the Call for Action on the Mortgage Interest Deduction

REALTOR® Relief Foundation

May 2011: Lead-based Paint Disclosures and the Law

May 1, 2011: 

Attorney Cindy Wheeler discusses the Environmental Protection Agency's regulations regarding lead-based paint disclosures.

April 26, 2011: REALTORS® Make Progress on Lease Accounting Rules

April 26, 2011: 

In the April 26, 2011, edition of the commercial podcast, 2011 NAR Treasurer Bill Armstrong reports on three important wins REALTORS® gained recently concerning lease accounting rules, refinancing commercial loans, and the repeal of the 1099 rule.


Issue summary: All About Lease Accounting Rules
Related news: SBA Expands Temporary Refinance Program
Ongoing industry information: Commercial Source

April 18, 2011: Short Sales, Qualified Residential Mortgages, and Budget Battles

April 18, 2011: 

2011 NAR President Ron Phipps discusses new legislation in Congress aimed at putting a deadline on lenders responding to short sales. He also explains the effects the "qualified residential mortgages" (QRM) and the current budget discussions could have on our industry.


REALTORS® Applaud Bill to Speed Lender Response to Short Sales

QRM: How Will High Downpayment Rule Hurt Home Buyers?

April 5, 2011: What America Needs

April 5, 2011: 

2011 NAR President Ron Phipps sends a clear message to Congress that America needs a strong secondary mortgage market and encourages members to raise their voices on the MID.


Answer the Call for Action on the MID

Basics of GSEs

March 29, 2011: New Legislation to Open Commercial Real Estate Markets

March 29, 2011: 

In the March 29, 2011, edition of the commercial podcast, 2011 NAR Treasurer Bill Armstrong discusses legislation concerning credit unions, accelerated depreciation, and a covered bond market that could bring more liquidity into the commercial real estate market.

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