Politics & Government Archive

Stevens: Facts Getting Lost in FHA Safety Debate

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine “Nobody has asked to come in and look at our balance sheet, to go through our finances, which I’ve offered to everybody.”—FHA Commissioner David Stevens News reports raising concerns that FHA might...
October 22, 2009

An Under-the-Radar Win for Common Sense

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine It’s a small thing, but it’s impact could have been big. Some new federal lending rules take effect tomorrow (under HOEPA—the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act) and among them is a...
October 1, 2009

Getting the Tax Credit Extended: Outlook

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine What are the chances of getting the first-time home buyer tax credit extended, particularly before its expiration Dec. 1? No one can know that, of course, but what’s clear is that the...
September 25, 2009

Lawmakers Who Went the Distance on Banks

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Today, with the financial crisis still very much with us, it would be a hard sell for federal banking companies to get the go-ahead to own real estate brokerages and property management...

The Week in Quotes

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine With the nation’s focus on rising unemployment, an uncertain economic recovery, and health care reform, here are some of the more salient quotes from leading figures this week: “It is hard to...
September 11, 2009

Can You Afford to Say No to FHA Borrowers?

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® magazine Hopefully you don’t consider it a mark against buyers if they want to use FHA financing. It’s true it typically takes longer to process FHA-backed financing than it does conventional loan applications,...
September 2, 2009

Questions About Health Care Reform

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine As many of you have probably heard, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey recently caught some flak for writing an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal opposing any new health care entitlements...
August 21, 2009

A Proposed Reboot for Fannie and Freddie

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine A proposal to take Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae’s bad assets off the books and restructure the two organizations is scheduled for discussion at the White House’s National Economic Council today. A...
August 6, 2009

Data Security Heating Up for Real Estate

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Back in 2006, NAR worked with the Federal Trade Commission on a campaign to help REALTORS® help their customers protect their identity against theft, online theft but also offline theft as well....
August 6, 2009

HVCC: Appraisal Rules Are Posing a Challenge

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Since taking effect on May 1, the Home Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC) has been a source of considerable concern among NAR members, both sales professionals and appraisers. The new rules were...