NAR: Tight credit could limit boost from QE3

Trade group questions proposed mortgage regulations

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The Federal Reserve’s latest stimulus plan will have a limited impact on housing if impending rules governing mortgage credit availability result in even tighter lending standards, the National Association of Realtors said in a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke today.

On Thursday, the Fed announced a third round of "quantitative easing," or QE3, in which it will buy $40 billion a month in mortgage-backed securities guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and also continue to reinvest principal payments from its holdings of Fannie and Freddie debt and MBS.