Feds want looser data reporting regulations for smaller lenders

Federal regulators on Thursday proposed loosening the data reporting requirements that smaller lenders face when making certain types of home loans.

Here’s what NAR wants in the next versions of Fannie and Freddie

NAR said on Friday that any changes should maintain a host of features such as 30-year fixed-rate mortgages, affordable credit and reliable access to housing for both renters and homeowners.

NAR tells Congress tax reform is hurting homeowners

The director of the National Association of Realtors, the nation’s largest real estate trade group, testified before Congress about the ways in which the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act have made it harder to own a home.

Will deal to end shutdown kick-start real estate sales?

Congressional leaders and President Donald Trump reached a deal on a continuing resolution Friday that will fund the government for three weeks. The deal ensures all government employees will receive their paychecks next week, including backpay missed …

Homesnap will pay monthly mortgage of 10 federal workers

Home listings portal Homesnap is offering to pay the mortgage or rent of 10 workers affected by the now 31-day long partial shutdown of the federal government.

What the new Congress means for real estate

Don’t expect sea change coming from the midterm election when it comes to real estate. For one, the housing market, unlike the stock market, does not make sudden moves based on events like elections.

Zillow hires NAR vet Ken Wingert to lead government relations

Ken Wingert is leaving the National Association of Realtors (NAR) to become Zillow’s head of federal government relations, the Seattle-based real estate tech company announced.

NAR makes two new hires, including former Trump treasury official

Shannon McGahn is the first woman to hold the position in NAR’s 110-year-long history. She formerly served as the staff director of the Committee on Financial Services in the U.S. House of Representatives.

HUD resumes its investigation into Facebook over discriminatory housing ads

Facebook is under investigation for housing discrimination, again. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reopened an investigation into discriminatory housing advertisements on Facebook, according to a report in Gizmodo.

Watch NAR and experts discuss real estate antitrust on live stream

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a think tank that has been funded in the past by Zillow, will hold a public forum for experts in real estate to discuss ways to make the industry more competitive.