C.A.R., Fannie Mae launch short sale assistance desk

LOS ANGELES, CA - March 31, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) today announced it has partnered with Fannie Mae on an initiative designed to help REALTORS® quickly resolve issues that may arise after a short sale offer is made on a Fannie Mae-backed loan. The Fannie Mae Short Sale Assistance Desk ("Assistance Desk") provides brokers and agents the ability to significantly shorten the time they have to wait for approval on Fannie Mae short sale transactions and helps real estate professionals with the handling of post-contract issues such as loan servicer responsiveness, the existence of a second lien or issues involving mortgage insurance.

Rep. Royce Introduces GSE Mission Improvement Bill

Washington, DC - March 30, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, introduced legislation to permanently abolish the affordable housing goals of the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

C.A.R. responds to White House proposal

LOS ANGELES, CA - February 14, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- In response to the White House’s recommendations today to phase out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said the elimination of government involvement would raise borrowing costs for home buyers and severely restrict a safe and affordable flow of financing, further impeding the still-fragile housing market recovery

Rep. Baca Sponsors Legislation to Give First Preference to Primary Residency Home Buyers

Washington, DC - February 3, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) introduced legislation to give certain preferences to individuals and families committed to rebuilding communities when purchasing government owned residential property. The First Look at Primary Residence Act requires the federal government, and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to consider purchase offers from only those who plan to use the property as their primary residence for the first 15 days that the properties are listed. After that time period, the seller is allowed to consider any offer.

Senator Boxer Calls for Rapid Action on Housing Refinancing Plan to Assist Homeowners

Washington, D.C. - July 10, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Today, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) sent a letter to Federal Housing Finance Agency Director James Lockhart applauding the Administration’s recent decision to expand the Home Affordable Refinance plan, which allows responsible borrowers whose home values have declined to refinance their Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loans and take advantage of historically low mortgage rates.

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