Fannie and Freddie Archive

This Recess is No Time to Play

By NAR 2013 President Gary Thomas Although August is time for the annual Congressional recess, activity in our nation’s capital is not slowing down. We’re continuing to work hard on vital issues like tax reform, flood insurance and mortgage...
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August 15, 2013

Not Just a Voice in the Wilderness

By NAR 2013 President Gary Thomas REALTORS® are finally being heard, and it makes you want to jump and shout! Today President Obama delivered the message loud and clear—Home Ownership Matters! I’m pleased to say that our efforts to...
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August 7, 2013

Housing Finance Goes Bipartisan

By NAR 2013 President Gary Thomas A bipartisan group of Senators introduced the Corker-Warner bill (S.1217) on Tuesday. This legislation is comprehensive, bipartisan and detailed beyond what we’ve seen so far. It would remake the role of the federal...
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June 27, 2013

Straight Talk on Short Sales

By Bill Armstrong, Treasurer, National Association of REALTORS® Last week, NAR participated in a positive meeting with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Housing Finance Administration (FHFA) —the federal agency in charge of housing finance oversight. We talked...
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February 23, 2012

Plant Now to Harvest Later

 by Steve Brown, First Vice President, National Association of REALTORS® NAR recently held its 2012 REALTOR Party Policy and Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC.  The purpose was to give our members the opportunity to prioritize NAR’s policy agenda for...
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February 7, 2012

The Sky’s the (Loan) Limit

By Gary Thomas, 2012 President-Elect, National Association of REALTORS® I have some great news to share with everyone! Last night Congress voted to restore loan limits and the maximum cap for Federal Housing Administration loans. Their action reinstates the...
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November 18, 2011

Real Estate is about Jobs, Posted by Ron

Later this week, the Treasury Department will issue a report recommending changes to the structure of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  This is the latest development in a years-long debate over what the government’s role in housing should be....
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February 9, 2011

Less Talk, More Listening, Posted by Ron

One of my goals for 2011 is to listen more.  If you tuned into my latest podcast, you heard me say that I encourage you to e-mail me with thoughts and questions.  That’s a very sincere request, and I...
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January 12, 2011

Mr. McMillan Goes to Washington, Posted by Charles

In the classic movie, Mr. Smith goes to Washington, Jimmy Stewart’s character is appointed to fill a U.S. Senate seat and when faced with the reality of politics, he doesn’t back down. Well, I may not be serving in...
September 26, 2009

REALTOR Concerns Prompt Action on Appraisals, Posted by Charles

Earlier this month, I blogged about my meetings with the New York Attorney General’s Office, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and Fannie Mae to share our concerns about the Home Valuation Code of Conduct. I also mentioned the ongoing...
July 25, 2009