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Expect Gradual Changes at Fannie & Freddie

January 1, 2012: 

Despite much legislative attention to government-sponsored enterprise reform, as evidenced by the three dozen Congressional bills dealing with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac introduced in 2011, none had made it out of full committee by early December. Furthermore, action on GSE reform is unlikely before the 2012 elections, says Douglas M. Bibby, president of the National Multi Housing Council in Washington, D.C., an advocacy organization for the apartment industry.

December 26, 2011

December 26, 2011: 

In this issue: FHA Extends Anti-Flipping Waiver through 2012; Housing Taxed to Pay-for Extension of Existing Tax, Medicare, and Unemployment Benefits.

December 19, 2011

December 19, 2011: 

In this issue: NFIP Extended Until May 12; NAR President Veissi Meets with FHA; CFPB Issues Second Round of Proposed Closing Documents; CFPB Sets Up Mortgage Complaint Hotline; NTSB Urges States to Ban Use of Electronics While Driving

December 12, 2011

December 12, 2011: 

In this issue: Limited Time to Appeal FHA Loan Limits; NAR Supports Bill for Homeless Children; NAR Supports Making Investor Visa Regional Center Program Permanent; NAR Signs onto Accounting Coalition Letter; House Subcommittee Passes RESPA Home Warranty Clarification Act; Rural Development Announces Fee Changes for Refinance Mortgages.

REALTORS® Applaud Bill to Protect Taxpayers From Mortgage Industry Bailouts

December 8, 2011: 

The National Association of Realtors® supports legislation introduced today that provides sensible reform of the secondary mortgage market and protects the interest of taxpayers.

REALTORS® Urge Comprehensive Reform of Mortgage Finance System

December 7, 2011: 

Reforming the secondary mortgage market is essential to ensuring a reliable source of mortgage lending for consumers in all types of markets and is integral to the nation’s economic and housing recovery.

Advocacy Video News Briefs

December 5, 2011: 

Watch the videos below and find out what the National Association of REALTORS® legislative and regulatory policy experts are saying about the issues affecting REALTORS® and their businesses.

December 5, 2011

December 5, 2011: 

NAR President Moe Veissi testified before the House Financial Services Committee on the important role of FHA in the marketplace and the FHFA released a summary of the responses received to the Request for Information on enhancing Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Housing Administration’s REO asset disposition strategies announced August 10, 2011.

REALTORS® Offer Solutions for Workforce Housing Crisis

December 1, 2011: 

Public and private sector workers in the northwestern U.S. have limited access for affordable housing. In response, the National Association of Realtors®, in partnership with the National Housing Conference, will host a forum today in Portland, Ore., to address this crisis and encourage efforts to make housing more affordable to working class families.

November 28, 2011

November 28, 2011: 

In this issue: NAR and Other Organizations Support Bill to Level Playing Field for Community Businesses; Bank of America Releases Short Sale Videos.

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