Jeremiah Jensen is a reporter for HousingWire. In this role, he helps deliver timely news coverage of the U.S. housing market. Prior to joining HousingWire, Jeremiah was a freelance reporter in the commercial real estate space. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University’s Journalism School.
Roofstock is moving to expand its market share in the single-family rental realm. The company just acquired SFR management company Streetlane Homes with the goal of expanding into new markets with the acquisition and accessing more institutional investor clients.
Symbiotic alternative lodging service WhyHotel added Exclusive Resorts CEO Cathy Ross to its board and is launching a new, 95-unit pilot site in the NoMa area of Washington, D.C. Recently, the young company received $3.94 million in seed funding which has allowed the company to set up new locations and build out its leadership team.
The federal tax overhaul brought to life a new tax break for investments in low-income areas dubbed, "opportunity zones." Real estate investors appear excited to deploy capital in these areas and are positioning themselves to develop various kinds of real estate in these areas.
RealPage subsidiary Kigo, a vacation rental booking and management platform, is a launching a new program targeted at managing short-term rentals in multifamily properties. The launch of this product comes at a time when short-term rentals are a hot-button topic for the industry, and while some multifamily entities are against short-term rentals, RealPage is leaning into the issue.
New York is launching an investigation in Jared Kushner’s real estate company on allegations that Kushner Companies harassed tenants at a Brooklyn waterfront property. New York decided to intervene after tenants at the Austin Nichols House, a rent-stabilized community, filed a lawsuit against the company for starting major construction on the property that released toxins into the community's air.
American Financial Resources is now offering conventional financing for manufactured homes via the new Fannie Mae initiative, MH Advantage. The new program is designed to promote financing for manufactured homes comparable in quality and features to traditional single-family homes.
Bellwether Enterprise Real Estate Capital, the commercial and multifamily mortgage banking subsidiary of Enterprise Community Investment, hired Ilya Weinstein as vice president of the company's office in New York. Weinstein will focus on affordable housing as part of the Bellwether’s Affordable Group, working to increase loan production for affordable housing properties in the northeastern U.S. region.
Fannie Mae named former Barclays CEO Antony Jenkins to its board of directors. Jenkins is known for his leadership in the tech sphere and is being brought on to help develop emerging technology opportunities for the company.
According to research from Zillow affiliate Hot Pads, it will take the average U.S. renter more than six years to save up for a 20% down payment on a home. With rent now taking up an average of 34% of a renter's income and home prices on the rise, the dream of homeownership is becoming more and more distant for U.S. renters.
In the days following the 2016 election, business leaders across many industries were hopeful that the new president would make good on his promise of widespread deregulation. Banks and other financial institutions were especially optimistic. Here at last was the relief they had been looking for. Or not.
Even Hollywood knows better than to produce a sequel when the original movie is truly, horrifically bad. That’s why, thankfully, we haven’t seen sequels to such all-time cinematic disasters as Howard the Duck, Gigli, The Last Airbender, Jack and Jill, Glitter, or Battlefield Earth. Which brings us, in an admittedly roundabout way, to the question of whether we’re about to see a sequel of sorts in the mortgage industry: The Return of the Subprime Loan.
With FHFA director Mel Watt’s term due to expire in January 2019, the question of whether to move ahead on some version of administrative reform may rest with his successor. In the meantime, policy makers would be well-served to work together to come to some agreement on options for administrative reform. At a minimum, agreeing on a common definition would be a good first step.