President Donald Trump last night announced that he will nominate Mark Calabria, chief economist to Vice President Mike Pence, to serve as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). If confirmed, Calabria would replace Mel Watt, whose five-year term as Director expires on January 4, 2019.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order creating the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council. The group, chaired by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, includes representatives from 13 federal agencies. The Council will coordinate federal efforts relating to Opportunity Zones and work to prioritize such neighborhoods for grant funding, loan guarantees, infrastructure spending, and other federal initiatives.
House Republicans released a revised year-end tax package, after a previous effort introduced late last month failed to garner enough support for House passage.
NCSHA released a significantly expanded edition of its Opportunity Zone Fund Directory today, including details on 54 Qualified Opportunity Funds (QOFs) formed to attract Opportunity Zone investment in designated high-poverty neighborhoods.
House Republicans released tax legislation addressing retirement savings, extenders of expiring tax provisions, disaster relief, and technical tax corrections. The bill is the first step in what are likely to be negotiations over an end-of-the-year tax package. The bill includes a provision NCSHA has sought to clarify that preferences and/or restrictions for veterans in Housing Credit properties, including bond-financed properties, are not a violation of the Credit or Bond programs’ general public use rules.
On November 20, the federal banking regulators — the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Federal Reserve, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) — released a proposed rule that would increase the appraisal exemption for single-family mortgage loans for all federally regulated banks. The agencies will accept public comments until 60 days after the notice is published in the Federal Registrar, which is expected shortly.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) November 20 released a final rule amending the Federal Home Loan Banks’ (FHLB) Affordable Housing Program (AHP). The rule gives the FHLBs more flexibility in administering and targeting their AHP programs to meet specific housing needs.
Any changes made to the Community Reinvestment Act regulations should encourage banks to continue investing in Housing Credits and Housing Bonds, NCSHA argues in a comment letter submitted yesterday to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
The economic value of the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund (MMIF) improved in fiscal year (FY) 2018, according to FHA’s 2018 Report to Congress.
IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2018-57, providing 2019 per capita and small state minimum volume cap amounts for the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit) and Private Activity Bonds (PAB).