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REALTORS® Head to Washington to Advance Policy Agenda

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REALTORS® will gather together in Washington, D.C., May 13-18, at the REALTORS® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo to address critical housing issues with their members of Congress. More than 9,000 participants from across the country are expected to attend meetings and visit lawmakers on Capitol Hill to address critical housing and private property issues like mortgage finance reform, tax laws for homeownership and real estate investment, and keeping the Federal Housing Administration affordable.

During the week, REALTORS® will share industry insights and engage lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Attendees will hear from congressional and industry leaders including Congressman Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas); commentator and analyst Jeffrey Birnbaum; and executives from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, who will address many of today’s critical housing, mortgage finance and real estate investment challenges.

Tuesday, May 14, will include several notable forums. At the Legislative and Political Forum, Birnbaum and Neugebauer will share their perspectives on current issues being debated in Congress and implications for the real estate industry. Later that morning, executives from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will join REALTORS® at the Regulatory Issues and RES Forum to discuss the impact of regulations on mortgage finance markets, explain the important role of regulators in shaping the future secondary mortgage market, and provide updates on secondary mortgage market reform.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac executives will also participate in the Real Property Valuation Forum on May 14 to discuss government-sponsored enterprise short sale valuation problems and the role of appraisal management companies in the appraisal process.

NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun will share his latest outlook for the residential market and economy during the Economic Issues and Residential Real Estate Business Trends Forum on Thursday, May 16. He will be joined by LaVaughn Henry, vice president and senior regional officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Later that same day, Yun will provide an overview of the national commercial market and forecast future market conditions at the Economic Issues and Commercial Business Trends Forum, where he will also discuss current economic and regulatory issues affecting the commercial real estate market.

For more information, visit www.realtor.org.

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