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?Read More
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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.
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.
Could San Francisco’s landlords finance badly needed earthquake retrofits by converting garages into “granny flats” while also adding badly needed affordable housing?
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.
Through both evidence and anecdotes, panelists at the “How Housing Matters”conference provided further insight into the pivotal role that housing plays in people’s lives.
Master-planned communities and suburban models that once dominated homebuilding are shifting to include walkable, compact town centers.
Panelists advocated for policies leading to healthier lives, built on a platform of affordable, green, and community-oriented housing at the 2014 ULI Fall Meeting in New York City.
At the beginning of a panel discussion at the ULI Fall Meeting in New York City, a moderator asked the audience to raise their hands if they thought the apartment business was headed for a bust. At the end of the session, the moderator asked the question again—and the number had doubled.