Bill Brown Archive

With Congress Back from Recess, Realtors® Call for Action on Flood Insurance

In less than one month, authorization for the National Flood Insurance Program Expires. The National Association of Realtors® is raising alarm bells about the potential effect on homeowners, consumers, and commercial property owners, with a note to Congress that...
September 5, 2017

NAR Leads Coalition to Confirm Pam Patenaude as Dept. HUD Secretary

It’s been four months since the White House announced Pam Patenaude as their selection for Deputy Secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, but with her nomination still pending before the U.S. Senate, a diverse group of...
September 5, 2017

In Two Months, the National Flood Insurance Program Expires

As the House and Senate continue their work to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program, the countdown to the program’s expiration continues as well. On September 30, the Federal Emergency Management Administration loses its authorization to write new flood...

Net Neutrality Action Puts Real Estate Technology in Focus

In 1981, 22 percent of home buyers relied on advertisements in the newspaper to find their dream home, while 8 percent turned to a friend for word-of-mouth information. Since then, lots has changed. According to recent survey data from...

CFPB ‘Know Before You Owe’ Announcement May Offer Relief for Agents on Disclosure Sharing

In an update to the “Know Before You Owe” mortgage rule, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau stated clearly that it is “usual, accepted, and appropriate” for real estate agents and brokers to have access to the Closing Disclosure. The...

Leaping Over the Hurdles to Homeownership

What can be done to ensure creditworthy households today and in the future have the opportunity to experience the personal and financial benefits of owning a home? That was the question on the minds of those in a packed...

This Friday’s Sustainable Homeownership Conference: Five Hurdles to Buying a Home

This Friday in celebration of National Homeownership Month, NAR President William E. Brown, NAR Chief Economist Dr. Lawrence Yun and Berkeley Hass Real Estate Group Chair Ken Rosen lead an impressive list of notable speakers at NAR’s Sustainable Homeownership Conference at...

Realtors® Say White House Tax Plan “Does Anything But” Support Homeownership

The White House today released a smattering of details surrounding its plan for tax reform, and Realtors® are wary. Despite the plan’s proponents reaffirming in a news conference that the plan was created with homeownership in mind, National Association...

Tick Tock! National Flood Insurance Program Expires in Six Months, and Realtors® Are Sounding Alarm Bells

The National Flood Insurance Program provides affordable flood insurance to property owners across 22,000 communities, protecting homes and businesses from major flood disasters. But the program requires Congressional approval, and the clock is ticking. With just six months to...

Appraiser Survey Shows Challenges Remain for Practitioners

There’s been a lot of talk within the industry about appraisals lately, especially on issues like turnaround times, higher and/or “rush fees,” and the challenge of bringing new appraisers into the profession. The National Association of Realtors® just released fresh...