Board Leadership

Anchorage

President
Eva Loken
Jack White Real Estate
689-6476

President-Elect
Mark Masley
RE/MAX Dynamic Properties
727-7653

Secretary/Treasurer
Ava Anderson
Jack White Real Estate
360-9890

Past President
Mike Rasmussen
Rasmussen Properties
980-1948

Mat-Su Valley

President
Suellen Appellof
Jack White Real Estate
352-1426

President-Elect

Secretary
Johanna Schmitz
Century 21 Realty Solutions
232-1552

Treasurer
Uli Johnson
Double Eagle Real Estate
357-1770

Past President
Devon Thomas
Century 21 Realty Solutions
373-4307

Kenai

President
Mark White
Ron Moore Company
262-2112

President-Elect
Marti Pepper
Redoubt Realty
398-7870

Treasurer
Dorothy Cunningham
Five Star Realty
262-2445

Past President
Dale Bagley
Redoubt Realty
398-1865

Fairbanks

President
Randi Carnahan
Somers & Associates
590-1166

President-Elect
Elizabeth Schok
Somers & Associates
456-7653

Secretary
Melissa Bidwell
MVI Realty
322-8873

Treasurer
Russ Sharpton
Coldwell Banker Gold Country
456-4653

Past President
Ryan Danhauser
RE/MAX  Associates of Fairbanks
452-6387

Southeast

President
Vickie Gartley
Carlton Smith Residential Group
523-2774

President-Elect
Suzan Fitzgerald
Flat Rate Realty
500-7488

Vice President
Marsha Smith
Carlton Smith Residential Group
523-2774

Secretary
Mary Wanzer
Coastal Real Estate Group
247-5811

Treasurer
Debbie Lewis
RE/MAX of Juneau
789-4794

Past President
Honey Bee Anderson
Powell Realty
789-3888

Kachemak

President
Gina Pelaia
Bay Realty
235-6183

President-Elect
Lynne Hibdon
Bay Realty
235-6183

Vice President
Gina Pelaia
Bay Realty
235-6183

Secretary
Shelly Stradling
RE/MAX of Homer
235-7733

Treasurer
John Calhoun
Story Real Estate
235-3933

Past President
Chris Story
Story Real Estate
226-3933

Kodiak

President
Grant Shields
Alaska One Realty
486-4663

President-Elect
Bob Brodie
Associated Island Brokers
486-2000

Secretary
Paula Laird
RE/MAX of Kodiak
942-0444

Treasurer
Stephanie Wyszkowski
Associated Island Brokers
486-2000

Past President
Melanie Ladislao
Associated Island Brokers
486-2000

 

Realtors® Applaud House Passage of “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act”

WASHINGTON (February 2, 2016) — The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to advance legislation that will expand opportunities for homeownership. H.R. 3700, the “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act,” includes a number of initiatives that have strong support from the National Association of Realtors®, who hailed the vote as important progress for home buyers and sellers.

“This legislation will put homeownership in reach for more families, and we applaud Congress’s work to take us there,” said NAR President Tom Salomone, broker-owner of Real Estate II Inc. in Coral Springs, Florida. “We look forward to seeing it advance through the legislative process and to the President’s desk, so it can be signed into law.”

NAR testified last year in support of H.R. 3700 before the U.S. House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance. In particular, NAR championed the inclusion of reforms to current Federal Housing Administration restrictions on condominium financing.

Condominiums are among the most affordable homeownership options for first-time homebuyers, as well as lower income borrowers, but barriers to safe, affordable mortgage credit for condos still exist. H.R. 3700 takes a number of steps to address those concerns.

These include efforts to make FHA’s recertification process “substantially less burdensome,” improving a process that is often costly and which condo developments must repeat every 24 months. H.R. 3700 also lowers FHA’s current owner-occupancy requirement from 50 percent to 35 percent and requires FHA to replace existing policy on transfer fees with the less-restrictive model already in place at the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Additionally, the “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act” streamlines the process for exemptions to FHA’s rule requiring that condominium projects have no more than 25 percent of the space dedicated to commercial use. This effort is in line with the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s initiative to promote neighborhoods with a mix of residential housing, businesses and access to public transportation.

Finally, H.R. 3700 includes further support for rural housing loans and multifamily housing initiatives.

“There is tremendous demand for affordable housing, and H.R. 3700 offers fresh opportunities for creditworthy borrowers to become homeowners when they choose to,” said Salomone. “NAR thanks Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo, for introducing the bill, as well as leaders in the House for making it a priority. We look forward to working with our partners at all levels to advance this legislation in support of homeownership.”

The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

Contact Information

Alaska Association of REALTORS®
4205 Minnesota Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99503

Phone (907) 563-7133
FAX (907) 561-1779
Toll-Free (800) 478-3763

joinus@alaskarealtors.com