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Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

August 17, 2017

Thursday’s Advocacy & Think Tank Roundup

By Jamila Moore

Mortgage rates hit their lowest point since Trump was elected to president. Despite the lower mortgage rates, home seekers are not applying for home loans. In fact, home mortgage applications increased a mere 0.1 percent in the week prior. One … Continue reading

August 16, 2017

Wednesday’s Academic Roundup

By Jamila Moore

A Cross-Country Study of Market-Based Housing Finance, Anderson and Kauko The Effect of Tax Expenditures on Automatic Stabilizers: Methods of Evidence, Kingi and Rozema You Can’t Lock the Doors! Are Lenders Powerless to Stop Zombie Properties in Lien Theory States?, … Continue reading

August 15, 2017

Tuesday’s Regulatory & Legislative Roundup

By Jamila Moore

Anna Maria Farias was recently named Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Farias is responsible for “housing discrimination, promote economic opportunity, and achieve diverse, inclusive communities.“ New York City now … Continue reading

August 14, 2017

Monday’s Adjudication Roundup

By Jamila Moore

Homeowners in California are close to receiving what’s owed to them.  A San Francisco federal judge approved a preliminary settlement of $750,000 for the bank’s role in their prior loan modifications. A D.C. Circuit panel determined a United States Housing … Continue reading

August 11, 2017

Friday’s Government Reports Roundup

By Jamila Moore

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) continues to find ways to support homelessness. Recently, HUD released the third part of it’s Disaster Recovery Homelessness Toolkit, entitled Recovery Guide for Local Jurisdictions. The guide specifically targets governments … Continue reading

August 10, 2017

Thursday’s Advocacy & Think Tank Roundup

By Jamila Moore

Homeowners no longer have to flock to their attorney’s office or an agreed upon place in order to complete the closing process. United Wholesale Mortgage, now offers e-closing. Beginning on July 28, 2017, the company began allowing refinancing borrowers to … Continue reading

August 9, 2017

Wednesday’s Academic Roundup

By Jamila Moore

Heterogeneity in House Price Dynamics, Galati and Teppa Optimal Sharing of Interest-Rate Risk in Mortgage Contracts: The Effects of Potential Prepayment and Default, Brueckner and Lee A Comprehensive Look at Short-Term Rentals: A Spatial Economic Analysis of Seattle, Garza and … Continue reading