July 17, 2014

Armed, Unarmed or Harmed by Knowledge?

By David Reiss

I posted Armed, Unarmed or Harmed by Knowledge? A Comment on the FHA’s Housing Counseling Pilot Program to SSRN (and to BePress). The abstract reads, The FHA has requested input on its Homeowners Armed with Knowledge (HAWK) for New Homebuyers … Continue reading

July 9, 2014

Input on Housing Counseling

By David Reiss

HUD has issued a Notice, Federal Housing Administration (FHA): Homeowners Armed With Knowledge (HAWK) for New Homebuyers (Docket No. FR-5786-N-01). HAWK is a pilot that will provide FHA insurance pricing incentives to first-time homebuyers who participate in housing counseling and … Continue reading

July 1, 2014

Reiss in CSM on Rental Policy

By David Reiss

The Christian Science Monitor quoted me in Census Outlines ‘Poverty Areas’: Which States Hit Hardest? It reads in part, The number of US residents living in “poverty areas” has jumped significantly since 2000, according to a Census Bureau report released … Continue reading

June 26, 2014

State of the Nation’s Housing Finance

By David Reiss

The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University has released the 2014 edition of The State of the Nation’s Housing. As to the nation’s housing finance system, the report finds that The government still had an outsized footprint in … Continue reading

May 19, 2014

Foreclosure Review

By David Reiss

The US Government Accountability Office issued a report, Foreclosure Review:  Regulators Could Strengthen Oversight and Improve Transparency of the Process. GAO did this study because it was asked to examine the amended consent order process relating to foreclosures. This process … Continue reading

May 16, 2014

Wary of FHA HAWKing Mortgage Access

By David Reiss

The Federal Housing Administration issued its Access Blueprint: What FHA is Doing to Expand Access to Mortgage Credit for Underserved Borrowers. The blueprint identifies a serious problem: The economic crisis significantly constrained credit making it tough for anyone with less … Continue reading

February 13, 2014

Reiss on BK Live!

By David Reiss

The BK Live segment on Mortgage Inequities in Brooklyn has been posted to the web. Mark Winston Griffith (Brooklyn Movement Center Executive Director), Alexis Iwaniszie (New Economy Project) and I discuss mortgage inequities and how they effect Brooklyn (and beyond). … Continue reading