The drive to privatize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may pick up some steam in January when the Republicans actually take over control of the House of Representatives. But it will be largely a lot of hot air, according to federal policy specialists at the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

There will be “a lot of public discussion” because of the political shift, Tony Hutchinson, senior financial services policy rep in NAR’s government affairs office, told the group’s annual convention in New Orleans. “But it will be mostly around the edges.”

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