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U.S. Housing Policy Outlook: November 2016

National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization - It’s Harder than it Looks

Stuart Pratt    |    Housing Policy, Videos

Stuart Pratt Housing Policy Nov 2016


 

Tip O’Neill, the long-time Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, famously said that “all politics is local.” He was right. Maybe this is why every month, FEMA notifies members of Congress when constituents in their districts or states will be affected by their flood mapping updates.

FEMA also runs the National Flood...

U.S. Economic Outlook: November 2016

Multifamily Lending: Large Projects Dominate Credit Flows - This Year Through July, 1.1 Million Apartments Financed by $100 Billion in New Loans

Frank Nothaft    |    Videos

Dr. Nothaft Nov Economic Outlook


 

Multifamily mortgage lending appears to be on course in 2016 to edge out last year’s record volume of lending, with originations totaling near $200 billion. This total will be comprised of many low-balance loans on small buildings joined with a relatively few high-balance loans on very large transactions. Overall, the bulk of 2016’s lending...

U.S. Economic Outlook: October 2016

Home-Equity Wealth Makes a Comeback - Homeowners Had, on Average, $11,000 Gain in Home-Equity Wealth Last Year

Frank Nothaft    |    Videos

Frank Nothaft Video Blog


 

Home prices have risen significantly throughout the nation since the 2011 trough in the housing cycle. The CoreLogic Home Price Index has recorded a 40 percent rise in the national index since the trough, with some areas up more sharply and other markets showing a more subdued bounce back.

One outcome of the broad geographic recovery in home values...

U.S. Housing Policy Update: September 2016

New Federal Stances on PACE Financing

Terry Theologides    |    Housing Policy, Videos


 

The debate around Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs is heating up with the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announcement permitting FHA-insured mortgages on some PACE-assessed properties.

From 2008 to 2010 PACE was all the rage. Over twenty...

U.S. Economic Outlook: September 2016

Multifamily Mortgage Lending at All-Time High - 2016 On Track to Set New Dollar-Volume Record

Frank Nothaft    |    Videos

Dr. Nothaft Video Blog


 

A comparison of the rental apartment industry with the single-family home sector is like a tale of two cities. The rental market continues to show historic strength while single-family housing activity remains subpar. Rental vacancy rates are at 30-year lows, rents are up, and apartment property values are at new highs. These robust fundamentals, coupled with...

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