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Op-Eds and Letters to the Editor

Three Ways That Congress Can Help Stop Patent Trolls

March 26, 2014: 

In 2012, patent trolls sued more non-tech companies than tech companies, costing the U.S. economy $80 billion in litigation costs. Now is the time for comprehensive patent reform, not just for tech but for Main Street businesses too.

A Home of Your Own

March 16, 2014: 

While the decision to own a home is a personal one, for people with good jobs and strong credit, today’s low mortgage interest rates and continued affordability make now a good time to buy a home.

Rational Flood Insurance Needs Better Implementation

March 3, 2014: 

NAR President Steve Brown's letter stresses the "need to fully understand the dramatic impact these increases have on property values and ownership sustainability."

Realtors® Are Watching New Lending Rules

January 17, 2014: 

When banks weren’t approving mortgage loans and would-be homebuyers were denied access to credit, Realtors® called on policy makers to take steps to loosen the tight credit environment.

Flooding Impacts Every U.S. State

December 5, 2013: 

Jolon Ruch, president of the Colorado Association of Realtors® (with NAR) submitted this letter, on the impact of flooding, to the Wall Street Journal.

Industry Backs Financial Reform

September 26, 2013: 

USA TODAY's editorial "5 years after Lehman, unfinished business," misleadingly implied there has been a "deafening silence" from Realtors®, bankers and builders regarding the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Proposed QRM Rule Matches Dodd-Frank Intent

September 6, 2013: 

NAR President Gary Thomas responds to an editorial titled A Dodd-Frank capitulation on mortgage down payments," which presents a wholly inaccurate picture of the new mortgage rule recently proposed by federal regulators.

Owning a Home Is Always a Virtue

July 15, 2013: 

NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun responds to "Owning a Home Isn't Always a Virtue" (Economic View, July 14), which questioned incentives for homeownership.

Government's Flood Insurance Program Works

April 5, 2013: 

Exactly four months before Hurricane Sandy came ashore, Congress passed the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, with the strong support of the National Association of Realtors®, and in so doing reauthorized the critically important National Flood Insurance Program so homeowners could affordably access flood insurance.