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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.

November 21, 2011

November 21, 2011: 

In this issue: NAR Comments on SEC Concept Release; NAR Supports Covered Bonds Legislation; NAR Supports Loan Flexibility Legislation; Fannie and Freddie Release Details on HARP 2; Freddie Mac Amends Mandatory Short Sale Affidavit Policy; Freddie Mac HomeSteps Winter Sales Promotion; FY11 Audit of FHA is Released; Congress Restores Loan Limits for FHA; Congress Re-extends Flood Insurance to Dec. 16; Legislation Takes on Interstate Sales Tax Collections; Passed Appropriations Bill Prohibits Funding for Implementation of H -2B Regulation.

Field Guide to Transfer of Development Rights (TDRs)

November 15, 2011: 

(Updated March 2014)

Field Guide to Social Benefits of Home Ownership

November 14, 2011: 

(Updated January 2013)

The financial and tax benefits of owning a home vs. renting are very clear. Home ownership also provides many benefits to the family, children and the community, such as increased education for children, lower teen-age pregnancy rate and a higher lifetime annual income for children, as discussed in the following articles and studies. (D. Winchester, Information Specialist)

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