Jeff Hayward is Fannie Mae’s executive vice president and head of its multifamily business. For over 30 years, he has led various aspects of the business including credit, quality control, and risk management. Hayward is now responsible for the corporate affordable housing strategy. Fannie Mae is the largest provider of financing for multifamily apartments in the U.S. In 2016, Fannie Mae financed 351,000 low-income units, defined as those affordable to tenants earning up to 80% of the Area Median Income.
[Expert Commentary] The Fair Housing Act changed lives, but it did not change all attitudes. It did not change all behaviors. The legacy of housing discrimination and segregation remains a reality in virtually every community in the United States.
With the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, low-income renters in the program pay 30% of their incomes toward housing, with the federally funded program paying the balance to the landlord up to a set maximum. Demand is so great, however, that thousands of families can linger for years on waitlists in some cities with no assurance they will ever receive a voucher. Created in the 1970s, it may be time to take a fresh look at the voucher system to ensure we're effectively serving today's households.
Multifamily construction didn’t really rebound after the crash until 2013. Even still, it's playing “catch up.” In addition, construction of subsidized housing has declined as a percentage of all new multifamily construction and now represents only around a fifth of new construction annually – not enough to keep pace with demand. This is the first of a two-part EXCLUSIVE from Fannie Mae to readers of HousingWire.
This year’s HW Tech100 features a much more expansive landscape than ever before. Winners included heavy hitters and innovative disruptors. Even new tech players in the blockchain space are joining the party now. Other exciting developments can be seen on the identity-protection and fraud-prevention sides. But make no mistake, the name of the game in tech, these days, is lending, lending, lending.
The evolution from a paper-based process to this era of big data is astounding. Consider that according to IBM, 90% of the world’s data has been created in the last two years. The Internet of Things — your thermostat, refrigerator, even your kid’s Barbie doll — is increasing that data exponentially. For mortgage companies, that data represents a treasure trove more valuable than the gold bars stacked in the vault at the New York Federal Reserve Bank, but only if they can figure out how to harness it for their specific business. Fortunately, scores of fintech companies are ready to help.
Accurate, trustworthy valuations require taking a deeper look. That’s why it’s important to have a valuation expert independently review every valuation report and determine whether it makes sense. The most trustworthy valuation providers have a team of highly trained reviewers on staff who diligently analyze every comparable on a valuation report and ask: “Will a potential buyer consider this property similar to the subject property?”