secondary mortgage market Archive

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

No Federal Guarantee, No 30-Year Mortgage

The looming debt ceiling crisis and the federal government shutdown have pushed aside pretty much every other issue in Washington today, but it won’t be too long before one of the major real estate issues facing the federal government...
October 16, 2013

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

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

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

Banks, MID, and GSE Reform Covered in NAR’s First Virtual Town Hall

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine In an effort to get a better sense of the challenges REALTORS® face in today’s market and explain to members NAR’s positions and actions on key issues, the Leadership Team held its...
January 25, 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...

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

Top 10 Real Estate Developments of the ’00s: #2

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine We’re getting close! Here’s the second-ranked trend on our list of top real estate developments of this decade:...
December 23, 2009

Top 10 Real Estate Developments in the ’00s: #3

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine We’ve cracked the top three! Here’s the next installment of our series on the top developments in real estate this past decade:...
December 19, 2009