Board of Directors

President
Angie Tallant
Somers & Associates
711 Gaffney Road suite 100
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
P: 456-7653
F: 456-7650
e-mail: angietallant@yahoo.com
Anchorage President
Eva Loken
Jack White Real Estate
16635 Centerfield Drive #103
Eagle River, Alaska 99577
P: 689-6476
F: 689-6499
e-mail: eva@evaloken.com
President-Elect
Dave Somers
Somers & Associates
711 Gaffney Road #100
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
P: 456-7653
F: 456-7650
e-mail: dsomers@alaska.net
Fairbanks President
Randi Carnahan
Somers & Associates
711 Gaffney Road #100
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
P: 456-7653
F: 456-7650
e-mail: randicarnahan907@gmail.com
Vice President
Mike Rasmussen
Rasmussen Properties
10421 VFW Road #205-A
Eagle River, Alaska 99577
P: 980-1948
F: 888-413-1948
e-mail: mike@sellhomesak.com
Kachemak President
Gina Pelaia
Bay Realty
331 E. Pioneer Ave.
Homer, Alaska 99603
P: 235-6183
F: 235-4031
e-mail: gpelaia@msn.com
Secretary
Don McKenzie
RE/MAX Properties
110 W. 38th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99503
P: 242-1689
F: 276-4439
e-mail: donkt@gci.net
Kenai President
Mark White
Ron Moore Company
35226 Kenai Spur Hwy.
Soldotna, Alaska 99699
P: 260-1609
F: 262-1444
e-mail: mewhite@ptialaska.net
Treasurer
Don McKenzie
RE/MAX Properties
110 W. 38th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99503
P: 242-1689
F: 276-4439
e-mail: donkt@gci.net
Kodiak President
Grant Shields
Alaska One Realty
1712 Mill Bay Road Suite C
Kodiak, Alaska  99615
P: 486-4663
F: 486-5674
e-mail: grants@gci.net
Past President
Paddy Coan
Jack White Real Estate
865 N. Seward Meridian Pkwy. #200
Wasilla, Alaska 99654
P: 352-1801
F: 352-1890
e-mail: pcoan@jackwhite.com
Southeast President
Vickie Gartley
RE/MAX of Juneau
3031 Clinton Drive Suite 100
Juneau, Alaska 99801
P: 789-4794
F: 789-1619
e-mail: vgartley@gci.net
NAR Director
Paddy Coan
Jack White Real Estate
865 N. Seward Meridian Pkwy. #200
Wasilla, Alaska 99654
P: 352-1801
F: 352-1890
e-mail: pcoan@jackwhite.com
Valley President
Suellen Appellof
Jack White Real Estate
865 N. Seward Meridian Pkwy. #200
Wasilla, Alaska 99654
P: 352-1426
F: 376-5471
e-mail: suellen@debbieerickson.com
 
 
NAR Director
PeggyAnn E. McConnochie
ACH Consulting, LLC
3172 Pioneer Avenue
Juneau, Alaska 99801
P: 586-3540
F: 586-4491
e-mail: peggyann@gci.net
Anchorage President-Elect
Mark Masley
RE/MAX Dynamic Properties
3350 Midtown Place
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
P: 257-0412
F: 865-4750
e-mail: markmasley@gmail.com
 
 
Director at Large
Devon Thomas
Century 21 Realty Solutions
1689 S. Knik Goose Bay Road #100
Wasilla, AK 99654

P: 373-4307
F: 373-4301
e-mail: devonthomas@mtaonline.net
Director at Large
Scott Myers
Jack White Real Estate
16635 Centerfield Drive #103
Eagle River, Alaska 99577
P: 689-6488
F: 689-6499
e-mail: scottmyers@gci.net
Director at Large
Anneliese Cooper
Rasmussen Properties
10421 VFW Road #205-A
Eagle River, Alaska 99577
P: 854-0310e-mail: anneliesecooper@gmail.com
Director at Large
Denny Wood
Keller Williams Realty Alaska
101 W. Benson Blvd. Suite 503
Anchorage Alaska 99503
P: 244-0399
F: 337-9663
e-mail: denny@akhomes.com

 

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