mortgages Archive

FHA Bounces Back

By 2014 NAR President Steve Brown Just as the winter snows melt, and spring begins to bloom, there are also signs of renewal for the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The White House released its fiscal 2015 budget proposal last...
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March 10, 2014

Mortgage Debt Forgiveness: It’s All About Fairness

In his latest video, NAR President Steve Brown explains why NAR supports an extension on mortgage debt cancellation relief. Take a look. brightcove.createExperiences();...
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February 26, 2014

Let It Be

By NAR 2013 President Gary Thomas Last week I met with Ed DeMarco, Acting Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. We had a very positive discussion in which I reiterated NAR’s position of opposing lower conforming loan limits...

Shortsighted on Short Sales

By NAR 2013 President Gary Thomas When it comes to rules and regulations, the National Association of REALTORS® must always be vigilant. We have heard your concerns about the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) proposal to prohibit “dual agency” in...
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September 30, 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

You Can Bank On It

By NAR 2013 President Gary Thomas As Bob Hope said, “a bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it.” All kidding aside, we understand banks play a vital role...
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May 8, 2013

A Beautiful Mind…and an Expensive One

By NAR 2013 Vice President Bill Brown “Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”   That sentiment from Walter Cronkite is being tested as the cost of an education soars...
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March 12, 2013

An Enduring Program – VA Home Loan Program Reaches 20 Million Loans

NAR President Moe Veissi celebrates the VA Home Loan Program with Department of Veterans Affairs officials and Elizabeth Carpenter, shown at left, who is the recipient of the 20th million loan through the program. Elizabeth’s son, Joey, rides his...
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October 26, 2012

Reforming the Secondary Mortgage Market

By NAR 2012 President Elect Gary Thomas So how do we sustain the housing recovery?  That was the question on the table at a forum put together by the Progressive Policy Institute and the American Action Forum.  It drew...
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October 5, 2012

Distressed or Distraught: The Process of a Real Estate Transaction

by Ron Phipps, 2012 Immediate Past President, NAR So if you are like me, you have been working in real estate for a long time.  You think you have seen it all.  Your body of work includes lots of...
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October 1, 2012