2015 RPAC Trustees

Ruth Blackwell – 2013-2015 Chair
Powell Realty
9040 Glacier Hwy.
Juneau, Alaska  99801
Phone: (907)321-0615
Fax: (907) 789-7038
e-mail: ruth@aukelake.com
Joni Schneider – 2013-2015
Heartland Realty
1522 S. Cushman
Fairbanks, Alaska  99701
Phone: (907) 456-1221
Fax: (907) 456-1229
e-mail: heartland@gci.net
Denny Wood – 2013-2015
Keller Williams Realty
101 West Benson Blvd. #503
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone: (907) 244-0399
e-mail: denny@akhomes.com
Anna Johns- 2014-2016
Century 21 Freedom Realty
170 North Birch #102
Soldotna, Alaska  99699
Phone: (907) 262-1770
Fax: (907) 262-7166
e-mail: annamjohns@gmail.com
Scott Myer 2014-2016
Jack White Real Estate
16635 Centerfield Drive #103
Eagle River, Alaska  99577
Phone: (907) 280-8010
Fax: (907) 689-6499
e-mail: scottmyers@gci.net
Krystal Rogers- 2014-2016
Century 21 Realty Solutions
1689 S. Knik Goose Bay Rd #100
Wasilla, AK 99645
Phone: (907) 373-4302
Fax: (907) 373-4301
e-mail: krystal@mtaonline.net
Uli Johnson 2015-2017
Double Eagle Investments
PO Box 872047
Wasilla, Alaska  99645
Phone: (907) 357-1770
Fax: (907) 357-1771
e-mail: doubleeaglerealestate@gci.net
Eva Loken  2015-2017
Jack White Real Estate
16635 Centerfield Drive #103
Eagle River, Alaska  99577
Phone: (907) 689-6476
Fax: (907) 689-6499
e-mail: eva@evaloken.com
Gina Pelaia 2015-2017
Bay Realty
331 E. Pioneer Ave. #100
Homer, Alaska  99603
Phone: (907) 235-6183
Fax: (907) 235-4031
e-mail: gpelaia@msn.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