2012 Podcasts

December 17, 2012 –  Joni Schneider reflects on her year as AAR President

December 4, 2012 TheTao of Selling Your Home

November 19, 2012 – D’Ette Owen sings the National Anthem in Orlando – Rossi on staying postive

November 5, 2012 – 2013 Legislative Agenda & Nobu Hata

October 22, 2012 – REALTORS featured on New TV Show “Buying Alaska’

October 8, 2012 Young Guns From Around the Alaska

September 25, 2012 – 2012 Convention Highlights From Girdwood

September 4, 2012 – President Schneider -Why You Should Attend the Convention

August 20, 2012 – Convention Speaker Amy Chorew

August 6, 2012 – Flood Insurance Update From Washington D.C.

July 23, 2012 2012 Covention Update with Sandy Eherenman

July 9, 2012 Meet Dave Mitchell – 2012 Keynote Convention Speaker

June 25, 2012Midyear Report from President Schneider

June 11, 2012 FSBO’s = FSB “You”

May 29, 2012REALTOR Rally in Washington, D.C.

May 14, 2012Alaska MLS Latest Scam Alert & Real Estate Around Alaska

April 30, 2012 Matthew Ferry Gives the Secret of Prosperity

April 16, 2012 RVP Gail Hartnett & the REALTOR Rally in DC

April 2, 2012 REALTORS Spend Two Days in Juneau

March 12, 2012 Listen To What Is Happening Around The State

February 27, 2012 Jason Womack – Your Best Just Got Better

February 13, 2012 Chris Gosselin, AK Political Rep. in DC Discusses the Issues

January 30, 2012 Featured REALTOR Janice Strong & News from AHFC

January 16, 2012 President Joni Schneider & Conference Highlights

January 3, 2012 – Understanding the Law of Attraction with Matthew Ferry

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

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