by Rich Bergdahl
... 5•Star day in Seattle today!
As one of 14 Directors for Washington State, I am looking forward to again participating in the good work of the National Association of Realtors' Region 12 Conference (WA, OR, ID, MO and Ak) here in Seattle tomorrow.
Last year, NAR's national housing issues were significant ... with daunting potential impacts to home ownership:
1) Maintain the Mortgage Interest Deduction;
2) Maintain/reform the FHA Program (qualified lending assistance); and
3) Maintain/reform the Freddie and Fannie Mae Programs (30 year mortgages).
With much Association effort in the State's Capitols and Washington DC, we were successful in our message to 'Protect Home Ownership.' This year's tasks will be equally as serious as many of the issues above will still be on the Federal budget 'chopping block.' Tomorrow, we will be framing the Northwest's regional challenges that need to be voiced and addressed at the National level in DC.
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