Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) Archive

REALTORS® Having Impact in Tampa

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 29—Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) said at a policy forum here yesterday during the Republican National Convention that real estate is the core issue in this year’s national elections. “This is the most important discussion at the...
August 29, 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

Talk That Makes a Difference on Capitol Hill

Human cost of protracted housing crisis adds sense of urgency to conference on identifying solutions to negative equity and slow home sales By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine On the day the Wall Street Journal ran an op-ed...
October 11, 2011

On QRM, No Partisan Divide

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine There’s still a long way to go for NAR and the 44 other organizations in a coalition to get banking regulators to rethink their controversial qualified residential mortgage (QRM) rule, but a...
June 24, 2011

QRM: How to Shrink Home Sales By a Third

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine A banking reform rule proposed by the FDIC and Federal Reserve earlier this month to require 20 percent minimum down payments on residential mortgage loans is based on the idea that loans with...
April 18, 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