Politics & Government Archive

The $30B Small Business Loan Law in Perspective

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine President Obama signed into law a $30 billion loan find for small business. The law also provides $12 billion in tax breaks and tries to improve existing loans to small businesses that...
September 30, 2010

In Congress, Change is Coming, but What Change?

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine However you look at it, the upcoming midterm elections in November will be important for real estate. Home sales and commercial real estate are still struggling, just like the broader economy. So,...
September 14, 2010

Standing Up for Homeownership

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Is the traditional model of homeownership in need of an overhaul? Is it even worth defending? Five years ago, these questions might have seemed absurd, but today, several commentators are posing them...
August 30, 2010

NAR Leadership: Legislative Efforts Loom for REALTORS®

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine In the wake of recent legislative successes, including the extension and expansion of the home buyer tax credit and the restoration of the rural housing program, more challenges remain for REALTORS®, NAR...
August 6, 2010

Help For Understanding Wall Street Reform

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine The Wall Street reform law that President Obama signed several weeks ago is huge but only a portion of it directly impacts your business as real estate brokers and sales associates. Right...

REALTORS® Meet with Gulf Claims Chief on Hardship

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine If you’ve been following the oil spill dispatches from my colleague Erica Christoffer you’ve gotten a taste of the impact the spill is having on real estate in the hardest-hit areas of...
August 2, 2010

Senate Passes Wall Street Reform: Impact?

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine You might be wondering what’s in the 2,300 pages of financial services reform that has just passed Congress. It now goes to President Obama for signature. Relatively few of the pages of...
July 15, 2010

You Did It: Tax Credit, Flood Insurance Extension

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Almost 85,000 of you sent letters to your members of Congress over the last month or so to get them to do what by any measure is the right thing to do:...
July 1, 2010

Stopping the Oil Gusher, Starting the Jobs Gusher

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine Home sales are doing pretty well right now, with sales at an annual pace of almost 5.7 million units, but the question on everyone’s minds is, what happens now that April 30...
June 23, 2010

Did the ‘Tea Party’ Cause the Health Care Reform Bill to Pass?

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Did the “Tea Party” movement, famously opposed to government influence in economic matters, inadvertently help push the health care reform bill through? That was what Terry McAuliffe, former Democratic National Committee Chair,...