Op-Eds and Letters to the Editor
In 2012, patent trolls sued more non-tech companies than tech companies, costing the U.S. economy $80 billion in litigation costs. Now is the time for comprehensive patent reform, not just for tech but for Main Street businesses too.
While the decision to own a home is a personal one, for people with good jobs and strong credit, today’s low mortgage interest rates and continued affordability make now a good time to buy a home.
NAR President Steve Brown's letter stresses the "need to fully understand the dramatic impact these increases have on property values and ownership sustainability."
When banks weren’t approving mortgage loans and would-be homebuyers were denied access to credit, Realtors® called on policy makers to take steps to loosen the tight credit environment.
Jolon Ruch, president of the Colorado Association of Realtors® (with NAR) submitted this letter, on the impact of flooding, to the Wall Street Journal.
USA TODAY's editorial "5 years after Lehman, unfinished business," misleadingly implied there has been a "deafening silence" from Realtors®, bankers and builders regarding the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
NAR President Gary Thomas responds to an editorial titled A Dodd-Frank capitulation on mortgage down payments," which presents a wholly inaccurate picture of the new mortgage rule recently proposed by federal regulators.
NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun responds to "Owning a Home Isn't Always a Virtue" (Economic View, July 14), which questioned incentives for homeownership.
Exactly four months before Hurricane Sandy came ashore, Congress passed the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, with the strong support of the National Association of Realtors®, and in so doing reauthorized the critically important National Flood Insurance Program so homeowners could affordably access flood insurance.
Recent debates over tax reform and revenues have speculated about targeting the MID for change and have caused widespread rumors and myths about the vital tax benefit for homeowners and its critical role in the stability of the U.S. housing market and economy.