GSE Reform Archive

Stores Aren’t Going Away, and Yet . . .

The Internet won’t be the end of stores but it’s certainly having an impact on the retail segment of commercial real estate. How much business has online shopping sites taken away from brick-and-mortar stores? Would downtown areas look different...
June 28, 2018

Thomas Presses on Gov’t Backing, Loan Limits

NAR President Gary Thomas in testimony before the Senate Banking Committee this week again took aim at a proposal floated by a federal regulator to reduce the size of loans that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can handle. Although...
October 30, 2013

New Lawmakers Mean New Challenges on Home Ownership

School’s coming to members of Congress over the next two days as thousands of REALTORS® meet with lawmakers to provide a refresher course on how critical the federal government’s historic support for home ownership is to the country’s future....
May 15, 2013

GOP Debate Sidesteps Fannie, Freddie Reform

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine A subject we’ve talked about a great deal here on the Speaking of Real Estate blog got some play during the Republican presidential debate last night in Jacksonville. (Transcripts are available here.)...
January 27, 2012

Lawmakers Expected to Look at Fannie, Freddie Reform This Spring

Since the market downturn several years ago lawmakers in Washington have been talking about reforming the secondary mortgage market but nothing has come out of Congress yet. This year, though, a lot of progress is expected to be made...
January 17, 2012

Video: Getting Mortgage Lending on Track

By Erica Christoffer, Multimedia Web Producer, REALTOR® Magazine Experts from the banking industry, GSEs, and advocacy groups spoke in a cautiously optimistic tone during the Mortgage Liquidity Symposium at the Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C....

Fight for Home Ownership

By Katherine Tarbox, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine A few of us from NAR have been travelling the country to follow the Home Ownership Matters Bus Tour as it visited in Chicago, Denver, and Portland and made stops along the...
March 28, 2011

Phipps: ‘We Need to Empower the Consumer Voice’

By Katherine Tarbox, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine As the debate in Washington continues over tax reform, a noticeably concerned group of real estate professionals and association members attended the REALTORS® Town Hall at the Doubletree Hotel in Portland, Ore.,...
March 28, 2011

Phipps: ‘Public Policy Will Be the Way to Boost Home Owner Confidence’

By Katherine Tarbox, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine REALTORS® need to be proactive about lobbying on the local and state level, 2011 NAR President Ron Phipps told a packed audience in Denver today. Phipps spoke a town-hall meeting in the...
March 18, 2011

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