• November 24, 2015

    Last week, Moody's Investors Service (Moody's) released a report predicting a stable financial outlook in 2016 for state HFAs. The report concludes that the continued growth of state HFAs median margins (net revenue/total revenue) and strong loan production indicates a stable outlook for fiscal year (FY) 2016. Moody's says HFAs must begin to rebuild their balance sheets by adding more mortgage loan assets to their portfolios to achieve a positive outlook.

  • November 20, 2015

    Today, HUD published on its website the 2016 Difficult Development Areas (DDAs) and Qualified Census Tracts (QCTs), which are eligible for the 30 percent basis boost under the Housing Credit program. As HUD has long planned, the methodology for determining 2016 metropolitan DDAs relies on new Small Area Fair Market Rents, and thus result in 311 zip code level small area metropolitan DDAs across 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. This compares to 35 full metropolitan statistical areas in 11 states plus Puerto Rico that HUD designated as DDAs in 2015.

  • November 5, 2015
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    On November 4, the Republican Steering Committee voted to elect Representative Kevin Brady (R-TX) as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee over Representative Pat Tiberi (R-OH), after newly elected House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) threw his support behind Brady. The Steering Committee votes by secret ballot, so the actual vote tally is unknown.

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