Politics & Government Archive

Top 10 Real Estate Developments of the ’00s: #6

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Five down, five to go! In this installment of our top real estate developments of the decade, we examine an infamous issue for practitioners:...

Top 10 Real Estate Developments of the ’00s: #7

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Our countdown of the most significant developments in real estate during this decade continues with the seventh-ranked trend:...
December 12, 2009

Top 10 Real Estate Developments of the ‘00s

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Lately, it seems like everywhere I look on the Web, I find some kind of best-of list for the past decade. Not wanting us to be left out of this retrospective frenzy,...

Health Reform Is Gaining: Are You Covered?

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Few legislative efforts in Washington are more complicated than health care reform. The legislation that’s now under debate in the Senate is more than 2,000 pages long (2,074 to be exact). Given...
December 3, 2009

A Quiet NAR Success on Its Calls for Action

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine There are many reasons for the success of NAR’s most recent Call for Action, to which more than 18 percent of NAR members—a record— responded. First and foremost is the compelling subject...
November 19, 2009

Stevens Strongly Defends FHA’s Financials

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine In an address to hundreds of REALTORS® at the 2009 NAR Conference & Expo Saturday afternoon, FHA Commissioner David Stevens offered a fervent defense of the organization’s financials. He specifically addressed the...
November 15, 2009

What Will NAR’s Political Strength Be in 5 Years?

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Heather Smith knows how to get young professionals engaged in our political process. She founded an initiative called Young Voter Strategies as a way to reinvigorate our democracy by making clear to...

FHA Eases Concentration, Other Condo Rules

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine In an effort to give condo lending a boost, FHA yesterday released a mortgagee letter (2009-46 A) that lets lenders make loans to condo buyers even if it means 100 percent of...
November 10, 2009

New Financial Regulator Would Impact You

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine But not in the way you might think. A new financial regulator is in the works but it’s one of those developments that’s easily lost in the news while other federal initiatives...
November 3, 2009

The Tax Credit Vs. Cash for Clunkers

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Amid several news reports that the first-time home buyer tax credit will almost certainly be extended, I’ve seen more than a few blogs and online comments arguing against it. Some of them...
October 30, 2009