mortgages Archive

They’re Back: Mortgage Schemes

If there was one major takeaway from the National Crime Prevention Council’s 2013 Mortgage Fraud Virtual Conference, it was this: The mortgage market, while no longer a wicked stepchild of the housing crisis, must still be carefully monitored. Though...

Libor: The Big Fix

Perhaps you’ve just noticed the headlines emerging around Libor, or maybe you haven’t even seen them yet. Either way, this story, which has been in the European press for a few weeks now and is just now starting to...
July 13, 2012

Midyear Is Here!

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine REALTOR® Magazine’s editors are in Washington, D.C., this week for the 2011 Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo. Here’s a high-level look at some of what we’ll be covering here at Speaking...

‘Spread the Word’: Home Ownership Matters

By Katherine Tarbox, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine The day before the National Association of REALTORS® starts its Home Ownership Matters Bus Tour at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, REALTORS® from the Chicago area gathered at NAR headquarters Friday for...
March 4, 2011

Why We Do What We Do

By Kelly Killian, Manager of Editorial Development, REALTOR.org NAR received the following e-mail last week from a Washington-state REALTOR®, and it served as a thoughtful and important reminder of why we — and all of you — do what...
February 22, 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

4 Predictions for the Mortgage Industry in 2011

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine One of the biggest obstacles for a recovery in housing has been — and will continue to be — mortgage lending. Although rates fell to historic levels in 2010 and will likely...

Stevens: Banks Hurting Creditworthy Buyers

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine When you look at the success of FHA over the last few years since the downturn you have to wonder what’s up with the banks. Although the agency has had its credit...
November 5, 2010

Foreclosure Freeze: Your Questions Answered

By Stacey Moncrieff, Editor in Chief, REALTOR® Magazine Nearly 800 people attended REALTOR® Magazine’s October 28 webinar regarding recent foreclosure freezes by several national lenders.  Since that session, media attention on the freeze has waned a bit. However, delays and buyer...
November 3, 2010

Foreclosure Reviews Loom Over Markets

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Analysts and practitioners are trying to sort out the impact on markets from bank-imposed foreclosure reviews after their discovery in September of improperly processed foreclosures. NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun says inventories...
October 6, 2010