GSEs Archive

Fraud: Are Your Clients Using Reverse Staging?

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine If you’re thinking about working with a financially distressed seller and the house he wants to sell is trashed, take the extra time to be sure he didn’t trash it himself. One...
September 7, 2011

Are Your Short-Sale Clients Colluding?

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine A few months ago we heard from real estate practitioners about a short-sale contract addendum that lenders were requiring of borrowers to curb fraud, so we talked with David Sunlin, Bank of America...
August 29, 2011

Yes, White Picket Fences

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine A group of academics writing in a New York Times opinion piece yesterday,  “White Picket Fence? Not So Fast” (Aug. 17, 2011), call for a phasing out of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac...
August 18, 2011

Memo to WSJ: Caps Are Only Part of the Problem

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine The Wall Street Journal in an attention-grabbing half-page article and graphic (“Sellers Brace for New Mortgage Caps”) in its July 6 issue showed just how hard expensive markets in the U.S. would...
July 7, 2011

Phipps: Political Survival Is the Job at Hand

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine It’s difficult to know where to turn your attention when there are so many areas in which REALTORS®’ livelihoods are challenged. Financially strapped governments are proposing transfer fees and other taxes on real...

Obama GSE Report Favors Public-Private Hybrid

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine The Obama administration puts the emphasis on privatization with a federal backstop as it outlines alternatives for replacing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. NAR wants to be sure affordable 30-year, fixed-rate and...
February 11, 2011

Sen. Isakson: 10-year Phase-out of GSE Backstop

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) is drafting legislation that would phase out the federal backstop role in the secondary mortgage market over 10 years while leaving a private company that’s created to replace...
February 2, 2011

Banks, MID, and GSE Reform Covered in NAR’s First Virtual Town Hall

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine In an effort to get a better sense of the challenges REALTORS® face in today’s market and explain to members NAR’s positions and actions on key issues, the Leadership Team held its...
January 25, 2011

Feds GSE Reform Meeting: Keep Guarantees

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine As I write this, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is in Washington at the Treasury building discussing with a group of academics and business leaders what the home mortgage finance system should...
August 17, 2010

Regulator Eyes Private Transfer Fees

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine The agency that oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could strike a considerable blow against the growing use of private transfer fees. If it does, the move would put the agency in...
August 12, 2010