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Montgomery County Now Requires Radon Testing Before Single-Family Home Sale

The Montgomery County Council enacted Bill No. 31-15 on November 17, 2015 requiring radon testing prior to the sale of single-family homes, regardless of whether it is the initial or resale of the home. Bill No. 31-15 will...more

Lake County, Florida Impact Fees to Increase

Beginning January 11, 2016, Lake County educational impact fees will increase to $9,324.00 for single family units, $8,045.00 for multi-family units and $5,856.00 for mobile homes located within mobile homes parks....more

FHFA Finalizes House Price Index Measure for Conforming Loan Limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

On October 19, 2015, the Federal Housing Finance Agency issued a Final Notice indicating that it will continue to use “expanded-data” House Price Index when establishing Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae’s maximum conforming loan...more

FHA Solicits Public Comment on Proposed Information Collection for Its “Loan-Level” and “Lender-Level” Certifications

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) published two notices soliciting public comment on proposed information collection for its Single Family Loan Level Certification and Annual Certification on September 1, 2015....more

FHA Attempt To Provide New Guidance: Too Little, Too Late?

On June 18, the Federal Housing Administration provided lenders with a new Defect Taxonomy for Single Family Housing Loans, or Loan Quality Assessment Methodology. It has been working on the new taxonomy for almost a year,...more

Make the Most of Your Mediation: The Single-Family Construction Defect Case

How can you economically and effectively settle the single-family construction defect case? In a recent mediation involving a homeowner, contractor and 15 subs, the participants used the following practices, which resulted in...more

FHFA Releases Annual Guarantee Fee Report

On June 30, the Federal Housing Financing Agency released its annual report on the single-family guarantee fees charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which tracks how guarantee fees have increased from 2009 through 2014....more

Risk Retention – “How I Learned to Love Risk Retention and Live With It.” (Apologies to Stanley Kubrick)

As time goes by we start to get close to the first of two risk retention effective dates; December 24, 2015 for residential product and everything else looming December 24, 2016 (does anyone really think a Christmas Eve...more

3rd Annual IMN Single Family Rental Investment Forum – 7 Thoughts on the State of the Single Family Rental Market

The 3rd Annual IMN Single Family Rental (SFR) Investment Forum was held at the Loews Hotel in Miami Beach last week.  Over 1,000 SFR professionals attended the forum, including buyers, investors, lenders and service...more

California Supreme Court Establishes the Standard of Review for the Unusual Circumstances Exception to CEQA Categorical Exemptions...

Breathing life into the use of CEQA categorical exemptions, on March 2, 2015, the California Supreme Court held that a reasonable possibility that a project may result in significant effects on the environment alone is not...more

Developer Catches a Break in California Supreme Court CEQA Ruling

In Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley, No. S201116 (Cal. Mar. 2, 2015) (slip op), the California Supreme Court overturned an appeals court ruling that banned developers from using an exemption under the...more

Navigating HUD’s New Single Family Housing Policy Handbook

Last fall the Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) issued the first section of its new Single Family Housing Policy Handbook (“Single Family Handbook” or “Handbook”). The Single Family Handbook is designed to...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - December 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus: State court may tighten review process for building super-sized homes - SFGate.com - Dec 8: In a case that could redefine the scope of California’s environmental laws, the state Supreme...more

FHFA Releases New Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Instructions on Single-Family Seller/Servicer Oversight

On December 1, 2014, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released a new advisory bulletin with significant implications for “all entities that sell single-family mortgage loans to [Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac] or perform...more

Are we seeing the return of Single-Family Tax-Exempt Bond Financing?

Prior to 2009, housing finance agencies (HFAs) financed nearly all of their single-family mortgage loans with tax-exempt bond financings. Over the past five years as rates on conventional mortgage loans fell and remained at...more

Miami-Dade Housing Inventory Significantly Shrinking

At the height of the meltdown of the housing market in Miami-Dade County in 2008, the number of months needed to absorb existing inventory was at 29.7 months for single family housing and 40.4 months for condominiums but many...more

Montana Court Addresses Business Risk Exclusions

In its recent decision in Lukes v. Mid-Continent Cas. Co., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17979 (D. Mont. Feb. 11, 2013), the United States District Court for the District of Montana had occasion to consider the application of the...more

Trends in Single-Family Housing

Rising home values in many areas of the country and improved economic data have buoyed hopes that the recession may be behind us, but no one expects an immediate return of either pre-2007 home value appreciation or the loose...more

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