August 13, 2015
- The Institute of Housing Studies at DePaul University has issued a report analyzing foreclosure activity which finds that foreclosures are down in the Chicago area in 2014. The report also finds that mortgage activity remains low while investor buyers have become a major factor in the single family market.
- Miami Coalition for the Homeless has proposed a set of solutions to make housing in Miami affordable. The prosed policy changes grew out of a cross sector symposium dubbed the 2015 Housing Summit – organized to promoting the creation and maintenance of affordable housing in Miami-Dade County, where 71% of monthly household income goes to housing and transportation.
- The National Association of Realtors (NAR) would like to see the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) increase National Loan Limits. The National Loan Limit sets the individual loan limits available under the Government Sponsored Entities (Fannie and Freddie) and FHA and VA loan programs. In a comment letter to the FHA NAR argues that since housing prices have rebounded following the financial crisis – now expected to surpass 2007’s prices, increases are in order.