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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

You think your housing issues are complicated?

I just read this piece in The Washington Post by Emily Badger about the housing shortage in certain rural areas of the United States (Ohio and Pennsylvania, specifically), due to the influx of labor in the fracking...more

Home Prices Keep Households Out of Market

According to a recent study by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) released on August 1, 2014, each $1,000 increase in the price of a newly constructed median priced home results in approximately 206,269...more

Overview of Fannie Mae Legal Issues Forum – Summer 2014

On August 6,2014, Fannie Mae held its first Legal Issues Forum Update via conference call where a few of the topics discussed at the Spring Legal Issues Forum were revisited. The conference call was hosted by John Tolbert,...more

Upcoming Bi-Partisan Policy Center Housing Summit shows that housing truly is “The Color Purple”

Did you catch the news clips of the House and Senate leadership holding hands and singing during the “Kumbaya” moment at the recent ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964? (Check it out on...more

Homebuilding Trends Outlined in New Report

Homebuilding strengthened in 2013, but remains below historical averages, concludes The State of the Nation’s Housing report recently released by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. According to this...more

Treasury Department Announces Effort to Revive Private Label Securities Market

On June 26, the Department of the Treasury announced an effort to revive the residential mortgage-backed private label securities market to improve the overall efficiency of the U.S. housing finance system. ...more

Homebuilder Confidence Rises to Six Month High

Good news for the homebuilding industry came earlier this week when the National Association of Homebuilders/Wells Fargo released the housing market index. Its numbers showed that homebuilders’ confidence rose to 49 points...more

FHFA’S 2013 Report Shows Record Income for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, But Earnings Are Likely to Fall

On Friday, Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released its 2013 Report to Congress, revealing recent GSE milestones but anticipating future problems. The annual report is statutorily-required under the Federal Housing...more

Leading Markets Index Shows 56 Metros at or Above Normal Levels in June

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently released its Leading Market Index (LMI) on June 5th. The report revealed that out of 350 metros evaluated across the country, 56 housing markets have returned to or...more

Changes to the local approval and contribution requirements under the Maryland QAP

Proposed changes under the Maryland Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) would eliminate the “local approval” requirement and replace it with an opportunity for the political subdivision in which the project is located to comment...more

HUD Solicits Comments on Proposed Housing Counseling Pilot, HAWK for New Homebuyers

HUD recently issued a notice in the Federal Register soliciting public comment on a proposed four-year, two-phase housing counseling pilot, HAWK for New Homebuyers. HAWK (Homeowners Armed With Knowledge) is linked to HUD’s...more

Pennsylvania Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update: May 2014

This is a brief update on recent Pennsylvania tax developments. For more information on any of these developments, contact one of the authors or the Reed Smith State Tax attorney with whom you usually work....more

FHA Previews Quality Assurance Process Changes

On May 13, the FHA released its Blueprint for Access, which previews changes to the agency’s quality assurance process and outlines new housing counseling measures. Following its request last year for input on potential...more

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