The Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”) has proposed new single-family and multifamily housing goals for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (collectively, the “GSEs”) for 2018-2020.

For single-family housing, the proposed goals would require that the percentage of overall qualified single-family mortgage purchases for the GSEs be as follows: the Low-Income Home Purchase Goal would be

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

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

Housing Plus BlogSeveral 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,

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

MoneyIn 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


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

Bank 2In 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

“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