2013 Podcasts

December 16, 2013 -2013 AAR President Michael Droege reflects on his year as President

December 3, 2013 – Regional Vice President Rick Harris & Meggin McIntosh

November 19, 2013 – Valley President Dody Kettler & Author Diane Francis

November 4, 2013 – Listen to Debra Leisek & Darlene Williamson talk about their year as board president

October 21, 2013 – Convention Highlights; Dody Kettler, Coach Jackie Leavenworth & Joni Schneider

October 2, 2013 – Valerie Geller Talks About Power Marketing

September 3, 2013 – President Michael Droege Discusses His Presidency

August 19, 2013 – 2013 Convention Update & The Heartland Ride

August 5, 2013 – Chris Gosselin, NAR Washington DC Political Representative for Alaska

July 23, 2013 – Convention Speaker Elizabeth Mendenhall & Convention Co-Chair Janice Strong

July 9, 2013 – NAR Lobbyist Kevin Donnelly recaps his recent trip to Alaska

June 24, 2013 – AAR President Michael Droege gives a Midyear Report

May 28, 2013 – NAR Lobbyist for Alaska Kevin Donnelly – also PeggyAnn McConnochie & Paddy Coan

May 13, 2013 – Part two with AHFC CEO Dan Fauske

April 29, 2013 – Alaska Housing Finance Corp. CEO Dan Fauske discusses the Gas Pipeline

April 15, 2013 – Angie Tallant & Dave Somers discuss the annual Juneau trip & current industry issues

April 2, 2013 – AAR Completes A Successful Legislative Summit in Juneau

March 11, 2013 – Local Board President’s Debra Leisek, Jim Preston & Anna Johns. Phil Eherenman health update.

February 26, 2013 – Kodiak President Darlene Williamson & Valley President Dody Kettler

February 11, 2013 – Part One of Health, Wealth & Prosperity with Phil Eherenman

January 28, 2013 – President’s D’Ette Owen & Angie Tallant and Buying Alaska Season 2

January 14, 2013 – President Michael Droege & Anadromous Fish Ordinance

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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