Chicago, September 26, 2008
The National Association of RealtorsÂ® was joined by Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Steve Preston today as NAR launched its new Federal Housing Administration Toolkit. RealtorsÂ® can use the toolkit to help buyers obtain safe and affordable FHA-backed mortgages.
â€œAs the leading advocate for homeownership, NAR is pleased to have a long-established working relationship with HUD and FHA,â€ said Pat V. Combs, NAR immediate past president. â€œThe new toolkit will help RealtorsÂ® educate consumers about FHA updates and changes and the great benefits of using these programs.â€
FHA loans offer low downpayments, competitive interest rates, and greater flexibility than most conventional mortgages. In addition, the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 made increased FHA loan limits permanent, allowing more buyers in high-cost areas to obtain FHA-backed mortgages.
â€œFHA offers a safe alternative to many of the subprime and exotic loans that caused much of todayâ€™s market turmoil, and the program is easier to use than ever before,â€ Combs said. â€œRecent revisions to the FHA program will enable more families to achieve their dreams of homeownership, and will allow others to refinance their mortgage at terms that will allow them to keep their home.â€
The FHA Toolkit includes a video of frequently asked questions, a flash media presentation of FHA programs, brochures and other reference guides and links to other useful resources. For more information about recent changes to FHA programs, visit the FHA Resources section of www.REALTOR.org.
Also in attendance at todayâ€™s presentation was Illinois Association of RealtorsÂ® President Pat Callan and NAR Region 7 Vice President John Veneris.
The National Association of RealtorsÂ®, â€œThe Voice for Real Estate,â€ is Americaâ€™s largest trade association, representing 1.2 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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