Daily Real Estate News | Monday, December 07, 2015 National Association of Realtors
In a big win for real estate, Congress last week approved a $305 billion transportation bill that includes no funding from an extension of mortgage guarantee fees as some lawmakers had proposed.
The bill provides reauthorization of several initiatives that the National Association of REALTORS® supports, including programs to increase transportation safety and develop more pedestrian-friendly communities. But the big victory for real estate was that the bill excluded so-called g-fees to pay for transportation programs.
More than a fifth of REALTORS® across the country, or about 197,000 members, participated in a Call for Action that NAR launched in October to prevent Congress from using g-fees at the expense of future home owners. Some 600,000 letters in all were sent in what was REALTORS®’ most forceful response to a Call for Action. President Obama signed the bill on Friday.
FHA Lowers Its Harangued Mortgage Costs
The Federal Housing Administration is reducing its annual mortgage insurance premiums by 0.5 percentage points in a move "to expand responsible lending to creditworthy borrowers," the White House said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.