REFinBlog

Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

July 10, 2019

Does Historic Preservation Limit Affordable Housing?

By David Reiss

I answer that it can in CQ Researcher’s Historic Preservation:  Can The Past Escape The Wrecking Ball? Many people fail to realize that land use policies like historic preservation involve big trade-offs. The most important one is that if you want … Continue reading

May 9, 2019

Financing The American Dream

By David Reiss

I published Financing The American Dream in the May/June 2019 issue of the ABA’s Probate & Property magazine.  it opens, Two movie scenes can bookend the last hundred years of housing finance. In Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life (RKO … Continue reading

March 8, 2018

Sustainable Housing for FHA Borrowers

By David Reiss

Donghoon Lee and Joseph Tracy of the NY Fed have posted a staff report, Long-Term Outcomes of FHA First-Time Homebuyers. It opens, The Commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), David Stevens, in remarks delivered on December 12, 2009, defined the purpose of … Continue reading

February 26, 2018

Housing Affordability and GSE Reform

By David Reiss

Jim Parrott and Laurie Goodman of the Urban Institute have posted Making Sure the Senate’s Access and Affordability Proposal Works. It opens, One of the most consequential and possibly promising components of the draft bill being considered in the Senate … Continue reading

February 21, 2018

Zoning and Housing Affordability

By David Reiss

Vanessa Brown Calder has posted Zoning, Land-Use Planning, and Housing Affordability to SSRN. It opens, Local zoning and land-use regulations have increased substantially over the decades. These constraints on land development within cities and suburbs aim to achieve various safety, … Continue reading

February 13, 2018

Trump’s War on HUD

By David Reiss

President Trump’s budget for fiscal year 2019 offers these highlights for the Department of Housing and Urban Development: The Budget reflects the President’s commitment to fiscal responsibility by reforming programs to encourage the dignity of work and self-sufficiency while supporting … Continue reading

February 9, 2018

Micro Apartments and The Housing Crisis

By David Reiss

The NYU Furman Center has posted 21st Century SROs: Can Small Housing Units Help Meet the Need for Affordable Housing in New York City? The policy brief opens, Throughout much of the last century, single-room occupancy (SRO) housing was a commonly … Continue reading