September 1, 2017 | by Michael Wilt
More socially-conscious investors are using their money to make a meaningful difference in causes they believe through "impact investing," and this wave of investment could play a pivotal role in how affordable housing is financed.
August 18, 2017 | by Guest Posts
In a new Down Payment Resource survey of 750 future home buyers, 85 percent said they were looking to buy a home in the next six months. But while the current median down payment for a first-time buyer in approximately 6 percent, sixty-five percent said they think it will be moderately to extremely difficult to save for a down payment.
August 11, 2017 | by Katie Claflin
Housing affordability is generally measured as a percentage of income spent on housing costs. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, a household is considered cost-burdened if it spends more than 30% of its income on housing. But Joe Cortwright, Director of City Observatory, argues that traditional measures of affordability do not consider other related costs, particularly transportation, when calculating whether a household’s housing is affordable.
August 4, 2017 | by Michael Wilt
In 2009, the U.S. homeownership rate stood at 71%. Since then, it has fallen to 63% with declines spanning every region of the country and including almost every age demographic according to a recent Gallup report.
July 21, 2017 | by Katie Claflin
This week we are spotlighting James Matias, Manager of Asset Oversight and Compliance at TSAHC. James has more than 13 years of experience in the housing industry and just celebrated his fifth anniversary at TSAHC this spring.
July 14, 2017 | by Michael Wilt
The National Low Income Housing Coalition recently released its annual "Out of Reach" report, which calculates the hourly wage a household needs to earn to afford a modest market rate apartment. The report calls this figure the Housing Wage.
June 23, 2017 | by Michael Wilt
The national housing market is finally returning to normal nearly a decade after the foreclosure crisis, but affordability problems persist at near record levels. That's the main takeaway from "The State of the Nation's Housing 2017" report released last Friday by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.
June 16, 2017 | by Katie Claflin
GOVERNING magazine reports that most major metro areas in Texas are experiencing gentrification. As housing prices in Texas increase, community leaders are scrambling to find solutions to protect long-term residents without undermining growth.
June 9, 2017 | by Michael Wilt
A frequent question housing professionals get is, "who exactly lives in affordable housing?" A recent U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) report helps answer this question with tenant-related data collected in 2014.