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America Needs an Affordable and Adequately Regulated Secondary Market, Says NAR

February 11, 2011: 

The National Association of REALTORS® welcomes the Obama Administration’s call for an orderly transition from the current form of the secondary mortgage market to a new structure that would enable Americans to achieve affordable, sustainable mortgages.

GSE Structures Must Protect Taxpayers and Ensure Mortgage Availability, Says NAR

February 9, 2011: 

Continued government participation in the secondary mortgage market is essential to ensuring affordable and available home mortgages to qualified consumers when private lenders withdraw from the market, according to the National Association of Realtors®’ recommendations for restructuring the government-sponsored enterprises.

Realtors® Praise FHFA for Proposed Rule to Prohibit Private Transfer Fees

February 4, 2011: 

The National Association of Realtors® applauds the Federal Housing Finance Agency for moving ahead with a proposed rule to restrict government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks from investing in mortgages encumbered by private transfer fee covenants.

February 2011: The Latest Short-Sale Schemes

February 1, 2011: 

Freddie Mac Investigator Robert Hagberg discusses some of the recent short-sale payoff fraud schemes, such as "flopping," and the various ways—good and bad—that real estate professionals are involved.

American Attitudes About Home Ownership

January 19, 2011: 

A substantial majority of both home owners and current renters agree that owning a home is a smart decision over the long term, according to the results of an NAR survey conducted by Harris Interactive.

Advocacy Issue Webinars

January 18, 2011: 

Watch the latest WebEx webinars held by NAR. These webinars feature interactive and informative sessions among NAR staff and members on the latest legislative and regulatory issues affecting the housing market. Some of the sessions listed below also include information about NAR's community outreach and political programs.

January 2011: HUD's Home Warranty Marketing Rules

January 1, 2011: 

In this eight-minute podcast, Attorney Michael Leffel offers real estate professionals advice on how to comply with the new rules and avoid allegations of RESPA violations.

The Facts Ad: Defending the Mortgage Interest Deduction

December 17, 2010: 

Following the release of the Deficit Reduction Commission’s report,  which recommends scaling back the mortgage interest deduction, the National Association of Realtors® is warning Congress of the potentially devastating effects of such change on American families and the economy. As part of this effort, NAR placed an ad in several prominent Capitol Hill publications.

The Basics: Deficit Reduction Commission Report

December 1, 2010: 

On Dec. 1, 2010, the bipartisan deficit-reduction commission, appointed by President Obama, released its final plan for cutting the U.S. deficit—which included suggestions to pare back the mortgage interest deduction. While 11 of the 18 commissioners voted to support the proposals in the report, the group fell short of the super majority needed to automatically send the recommendations to Congress.

NAR’s Meetings with Large Lenders

November 15, 2010: 

NAR is meeting with several of the largest national mortgage lenders in an effort to communicate REALTOR® concerns and discuss how we can work together to make significant improvements to both the origination and short sale processes. These meetings mark a new phase of the relationship between NAR and lenders. The goal is to increase our mutual success and help support market recovery. This report outlines key principles for addressing existing problems.