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Will Cutting FHA Premiums Boost Homeownership?

The big housing news of 2015 so far has been the Obama administration’s announcement that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will reduce the annual premiums new borrowers pay for FHA-insured home mortgage loans by 50 basis points—a half percentage point. But what impact will that have on affordability?

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Florida’s Economy Has Rebounded from Its Downward Slide

Ferris wheels, roller coasters, and the Florida economy—they are all famous for their ups and downs.

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In 13 States, Land Banks Stabilizing Weakened Municipalities

From 1971 to 2008, only five states passed legislation enabling land banks; but in the last six years, another eight have done so. As vacancies and blight have plagued parts of the United States still recovering from recession and the mortgage foreclosure crisis, so too has land banking grown. There are now some 120 land banks and land-banking programs in 13 states, with West Virginia joining the list in 2014.

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American Demography 2030: Bursting with Diversity, yet a Baby Bust

The United States is undergoing a “pivotal period of demographic change” that will be as important to the 21st century as the baby boom was to the 20th century, according to William H. Frey, demographer for the Brookings Institution and author of Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics Are Remaking America.

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Recent Articles

  • Thinking Bigger about Micro Units

    December 18, 2014

    New research from the Urban Land Institute suggests that micro units—typically larger than a one-car garage, but smaller than a double—have staying power as a housing type that appeals to urban dwellers in high-cost markets who are willing to trade space for improved affordability and proximity to downtown neighborhoods.

  • Product Council Insight: Outlook for Master-Planned Communities

    December 15, 2014

    Members of ULI’s Master-Planned Communities Council discuss factors that homebuyers look for in communities; ways that developers are partnering to enhance access to retail, health care, education, and other services; strategies for fostering a sense of community among residents; and other trends.

  • Insurers Need Support to Mitigate Impacts of Climate Change on the Built Environment

    December 12, 2014

    While the insurance industry is developing new risk standards for natural disasters, according to a ULI white paper, the real estate sector and governments also must play an active role in climate change adaptation

  • How Best to Retrofit Housing for Earthquakes? Rezone and Densify

    December 11, 2014

    Could San Francisco’s landlords finance badly needed earthquake retrofits by converting garages into “granny flats” while also adding badly needed affordable housing?

  • Opinion: Housing America’s Increasingly Diverse Population

    December 4, 2014

    In an excerpt from his 2013 John T. Dunlop Lecture, J. Ronald Terwilliger suggests society should focus less on subsidizing higher-income homeowners and more on helping lower-income renters, as well as low-wealth homebuyers.

  • The Quickening of a Reborn Detroit?

    December 1, 2014

    How public and private sector leaders are partnering to fix the Motor City.

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