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Thousands of applicants are willing to accept NYC “Poor Door” building

The Housing Plus Blog has previously reported on the “Poor Door” controversy on August 14, 2014 and September 3, 2014. The New York Times reported on April 20, 2015 that 88,000 people applied for the 55 units located in the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

New FAQ's Regarding the Scope and Implementation of the Volcker Rule Issued by the U.S. Banking, Securities and Commodities Regulatory Agencies - On February 27, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System,...more

FHFA House Price Index Shows Increases for Fourteen Consecutive Quarters

On February 26, the FHFA House Price Index showed that U.S. house prices rose 1.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014. This marked the fourteenth consecutive quarterly price increase in the purchase-only, seasonally...more

Quarterly Investment Update – 4th Quarter 2014

Welcome 2015! We are coming off a solid economic performance in 2014 marked by improvements in hiring, wages and corporate investments. It has been a magnificent year for both the stock and bond markets, even with a...more

SOTU mentions housing!

President Obama’s State of the Union address touched briefly on housing issues. With a focus on “middle class economics”, it was inevitable that we would hear about homeownership rather than rental housing. He mentioned lower...more

Residential Development in California: New Density Bonus Law Makes New Affordable Housing Difficult to Build

Governor Brown signed into law on September 27, 2014, AB2222, which amends the State's Density Bonus Law ("DBL"), Gov't Code §§ 65915, et seq. to establish significant constraints upon the use of the incentives provided by...more

Positive Signs for New Home Construction

For homebuilders and those who invest in the homebuilding industry, both fundamental and technical indicators forecast strength in the construction sector going into 2015. With regard to fundamental indicators, rising...more

NAHB Reveals Metro Areas with Elevated Activity

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently released its Leading Market Index (LMI) on November 6th. The report revealed that out of 350 metros evaluated across the country, 59 housing markets have returned to...more

Ballard Spahr’s National Housing Symposium goes beyond the horizon

Yesterday Ballard Spahr held its 9th annual National Housing Symposium in Washington, D.C.. The theme of the Symposium was “Beyond the Horizon: Housing and Community Development Strategies for the Future”. Government...more

Freddie Mac’s Index Shows Housing Market Improvement

According to Freddie Mac, things are looking up for the South Florida housing market. The August Multi-Indicator Market Index (MIMI) ratings, released last Friday, awarded the Miami Metro Area a score of 69.2. While Miami is...more

Joint Center on Housing Studies releases “Housing America’s Older Adults”

Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies recently released a report entitled Housing America’s Older Adults, which highlighted several issues: - High housing costs resulted in older adults to skimp on other...more

Housing Survey Takes Deep Dive into U.S. Housing Stock

On October 16, HUD released the American Housing Survey (AHS), which takes a deep look at the U.S. housing stock including detailed information on housing costs and quality....more

Walsh Administration Releases Eagerly-Awaited Housing Plan

The Walsh administration has released its eagerly-awaited housing plan, “Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030,” targeting the creation of 53,000 new housing units by Boston’s 400th year anniversary in the year 2030....more

GAO Publishes Report Regarding Proposed Changes To The Single-Family Housing Finance System

On October 7, the GAO published a report to help policymakers assess proposals for changing the single-family housing finance system and consider ways to make it more effective and efficient. To this end, the report first...more

CFPB Publishes White Paper On Manufactured-Housing

On September 30, the CFPB published a white paper claiming that manufactured-home owners typically pay higher interest rates for their loans than site-built borrowers. The white paper cites data in support showing that a...more

New York Fed Introduces Community Credit Information Tool

On September 29, the New York Fed released a new informational tool about home prices, distressed sales, delinquencies and foreclosures at the national, state and county levels....more

CFPB Report on Manufactured Housing Signals Areas of Future Concern

On Tuesday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or the "Bureau") released a white paper summarizing their research on the manufactured housing industry. The Bureau relied upon information compiled by various...more

Affordable Housing Alert: California’s Property Tax Welfare Exemption Law Amended

Effective Jan. 1, 2015, low income housing projects face a modified legal regime when qualifying for property tax exemptions in California....more

Federal Housing Administration Posts Draft Servicing Section of its Single Family Housing Policy Handbook

On September 11, as part of its initiative to develop a single authoritative source for Federal Housing Administration (“FHA”) Single Family Policy, the FHA posted a draft of the servicing section of its Single Family Housing...more

LGBT-Friendly Senior Housing Planned for D.C.

This past weekend I attended an open house for Mary’s House for Older Adults, a pro bono client in northeast D.C. Mary’s House is the brainchild of Dr. Imani Woody, who plans to transform her childhood home into affordable...more

California Urban Housing Market Plagued by Higher Rents, Lower Wages, and CEQA

The economic and social impacts of the California Environmental Quality Act are significant enough that the worldwide publication, The Economist, recently reported that the law’s liberal standing requirements “allow[ing]...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

At the end of August, Speaker of the Maine House, Mark Eves, announced a $65 million housing bond proposal for affordable housing for seniors, pay increases for in-home care workers and expanded property tax credits for...more

D.C. Office of Planning Takes a Stand Against Pop-Ups With New Zoning Text Amendment

Sustained population growth in the District of Columbia in recent years has spurred a rapid wave of construction throughout the city as upscale condominium projects appear to spring up almost overnight to meet growing demand...more

Foreign Investors Still Stimulating Miami’s Real Estate Boom

Miami, once the poster child for the recent housing bubble and subsequent crash, now has the strongest housing market in the U.S. and is one of the exclusive high-end real estate “export” economies in the world. This...more

Are you familiar with the term “Poor Door?”

The term “Poor Door” has been recently used in articles reporting on mixed-income developments in several major cities – New York City, Washington DC, and Los Angeles. The “Poor Door” refers to a separate entrance for the...more

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