2011 Podcasts

December 19, 2011 – Inspiring Leadership Conference Speaker Matt Jones

December 5, 2011 – Kevin Cross Takes You Inside www.YourNewAlaskaHome.org

November 21, 2011 – Highlights from the 2011 conference in Anaheim

November 7, 2011 – Live Testimony from the Licensee Fee Increase Hearing

October 24, 2011 – Dave Somers Gives an Update on Proposed License Increase

October 10, 2011 – Housing Conference Recap & License Increase Update

October 5, 2011 – CALL TO ACTION – Proposed License Fee Increase to $685 – Dave Somers

September 26, 2011 – A Good Time was had by all at the 2011 Convention in Homer

September 12, 2011 – It’s Convention Week! Win an iPad 2 and meet NAR First VP Gary Thomas

August 29, 2011 – MID Update From Congressman Young’s Office & Haunted Homes!

August 15, 2011 – Why Your Peers Go to the Annual Convention

August 1, 2011 – REALTORS…Believe It or Not!  Unusual  tales from around the State.

July 18, 2011  Listen to What Your Peers Are Saying – Dody Kettle, Dale Bagley, Wes Madden & Dan Lee

July 5, 2011 – Sandy Eherenman Gives a 2011 Convention Update

June 20, 2011 – Not Enough Time in Your Day? Shannon King, Debbie Murphy & Janelle Pfleiger

June 6, 2011 – Understanding the Dodd Frank Act with Jeff Lischer from NAR.

May 23, 2011 – Washington DC Updates & How to Use QR Codes

May 9, 2011 – Understanding the bills that passed this Legislative Session with Dave Somers

April 25, 2011 – Being effective with Matthew Ferry & Latest Tech-Tip by Nobu Hatu

April 11, 2011 – Take advantage of free marketing resources with Amy Smythe-Harris

March 28, 2011 – Increase your website traffic for free in any Market with Convention speaker Chandra Hall.

March 14, 2011 – Linda Gould, NAR Tax Lobbyist Explains the 3.8% Tax, and Shannon King – Convention Keynote Speaker

February 22, 2011 – Why you Should be on Twitter, What is an FPC and Convention Update

February 7, 2011 – National Public Policy Priority Update by AAR President Helen Jarratt

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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