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AHTCC Sends Letter to FHFA Director

The Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition, of which NH&RA is a member, sent a letter to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Dr. Mark Calabria to welcome him to his new role and thank him for his comments during the confirmation process on promoting access to affordable housing, retaining the Government Sponsored Enterprises’ (GSE) affordable housing goals and duty-to-serve requirements, and supporting the GSEs’ multifamily portfolio.

Senate Banking Committee Holds Two Hearings on Housing Finance Reform

On March 26 and 27 the full Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs held hearing on Chairman Mike Crapo’s (R-ID) Housing Finance Reform Outline. At the March 26 hearing Chairman Crapo said he wants to “bring to a close the conservatorship era.” Former Acting FHFA Director Edward DeMarco stated that “the outline captures the consensus elements of prior reform proposals and serves as a solid workable foundation from which to develop legislation.” At the March 27 hearing Chairman Crapo said he “considers Housing Finance Reform to be a top priority for the Banking Committee this Congress” and that “the status quo is simply not a valid viable option.”

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President Trump Signs Memo on Housing Finance Reform

President Trump signed a memorandum that directs HUD and Treasury to draft administrative and legislative options for housing finance reform to be submitted to the President for approval as soon as practicable. HUD will prepare a reform plan for the housing finance agencies it oversees, and Treasury will prepare a reform plan for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The reform plans will aim to end the conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and improve regulatory oversight over them and promote competition in the housing finance market and create a system that encourages sustainable homeownership and protects taxpayers against bailouts.

Red Mortgage Capital Adds New York Lending Office

RED Mortgage Capital, a division of ORIX Real Estate Capital, LLC, has hired Sean Cullen and Ronnie Gyani to lead its multifamily affordable lending activities in the greater New York City area. Cullen and Gyani have worked together since 2010 and both bring a strong level of affordable housing finance experience to RED’s New York and East Coast operations.

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Enterprise Blog Summarizes and Responds to Chairman Crapo’s Housing Finance Reform Outline

NH&RA member Enterprise Community Partner recently published a blog post on Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Chairman Mike Crapo’s (R-ID) housing finance reform outline. Vice President of Policy Development Andrew Jakabovics argues that eliminating the explicit commitment to affordable housing is a step in the wrong direction and that the housing finance system should be designed from the start to serve eligible borrowers of modest and mid-priced homes in the normal course of business and without special programs.