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Ballard Spahr and CSG Advisors Host Another Informative Western Housing Conference

Posted in Budget, FHA and GSE Financing, FHA-Insured Financing, Government-Assisted Housing, GSE Financing, Legislative Initiatives, Policy, Public Housing, RAD, Tax Credits
Last week, Ballard Spahr in conjunction with CSG Advisors hosted its 7th Annual Western Housing Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The Conference brought together a wide range of public and private housing professionals facilitating a dynamic conversation on current developments in government-assisted housing. The Conference opened with a “Washington Update” – a discussion on housing policy… Continue Reading

Affordable, small, and manufactured housing loans prioritized as GSEs approach volume caps

Posted in FHA and GSE Financing, FHA-Insured Financing, Government-Assisted Housing, GSE Financing
The government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs), Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, have announced that they are quickly approaching their 2015 volume caps. In January of this year, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), who regulates these agencies, released its 2015 scorecard which detailed 2014 activities and outlined 2015 priorities for the agencies.  The scorecard retained the volume… Continue Reading

Please join us for the fifth annual Western Housing Conference

Posted in Budget, Community Development, Enforcement, Fair Housing, FHA and GSE Financing, FHA-Insured Financing, Government-Assisted Housing, GSE Financing, Housing Bonds, Legislative Initiatives, Multifamily, Policy, Public Housing, RAD, Section 8, Single-Family, Tax Credits, Tax Reform, Tax-Exempt Bonds
Several exciting developments have recently brought changes to the affordable housing industry and we are inviting you to explore them with us at our fifth annual Western Housing Conference. Ballard Spahr and CSG Advisors are pleased to announce this year’s Best of the West in Affordable Housing Development and Financing conference on March 13, in… Continue Reading

HUD RAD team conducts focus group sessions with stakeholders

Posted in FHA and GSE Financing, FHA-Insured Financing, Government-Assisted Housing, GSE Financing, Public Housing, RAD, Section 8
Today, HUD hosted a focus group of nearly a dozen key stakeholders to gain insights about the RAD process.  I had the opportunity to participate in the sessions along with housing authority representatives, lenders, investors, private developers, financial advisors and other consultants.  Discussion questions explored issues extending from the RAD application process through to post-closing… Continue Reading

One small step for FHFA, one giant step for affordable housing and community reinvestment across the country

Posted in FHA and GSE Financing, GSE Financing, Legislative Initiatives, Policy
In what may be one of the longest tests of perseverance and intestinal fortitude in the history of legislative advocacy for affordable housing, supporters of the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) finally saw their proposal come to fruition late last week. On December 11, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) formally directed Fannie Mae and… Continue Reading

Overview of Fannie Mae Legal Issues Forum – Spring 2014

Posted in FHA and GSE Financing, GSE Financing
On April 24,2014, Fannie Mae hosted its semi-annual Legal Issues Forum (“LIF”) where the state of the multifamily finance market and recent developments in its multifamily program were the primary topics of discussion.  This year, Anne McCulloch, Senior Vice President, Multifamily Legal and Hillary Provinse, Vice President, Multifamily Customer Engagement, gave the opening remarks.  McCulloch… Continue Reading

Updates from the Fannie Mae DUS Multifamily front

Posted in FHA and GSE Financing, GSE Financing
In the past month, Fannie Mae has issued preferred equity guidance and has updated its adjustable rate loan document forms to account for the change in LIBOR administrator. Preferred Equity Requirements: On March 31, Fannie Mae published preferred equity guidance in its Seller/Servicer Guide.  Fannie Mae defines Preferred Equity as being equity investments in which… Continue Reading

What is in store for national housing initiatives?

Posted in Budget, GSE Financing, Legislative Initiatives, Low Income Housing Tax Credits
“Housing is experiencing a calm before the storm”, is how National Housing Conference CEO Chris Estes described how housing programs fared in the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget request during a presentation at the Ballard Spahr Best of the West Housing Conference this past Friday in San Francisco. While many of the rental assistance programs… Continue Reading