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eNews and Press Releases

9/18/2015VHDA Offers Mortgage Credit Certificate Program to Help First-Time Homebuyers
8/17/2015A Good Summer for Housing – VHDA eNews
5/12/2015VHDA Launches New Programs – Spring 2015 eNews
4/9/2015VHDA Tax Credit Director Receives
3/20/2015Virginia Housing Policy Advisory Council Holds First Meeting
2/25/2015Southside Community Development and Housing Corp. y La Autoridad de Desarrollo de Vivienda de Virginia (VHDA) le están trayendo una clase en español para la Educación al Comprador de Casa por primera vez
1/8/2015VHDA Receives VCEE Community Partnership Award
12/9/2014Holiday Greetings, Online Resources & News
11/26/2014Top Producing Mortgage Loan Officers Recognized by VHDA
8/13/2014Clase de VHDA para la Educación al Comprador de Casa en Español

News Clips

HousingWire , Wednesday, October 07, 2015
(RECAP: Aiming to provide lenders with “more clarity and transparency” and encourage increased access to credit to worth borrowers, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced a set of new policies pertaining to mortgage buybacks. The new rules, which take effect on Jan. 1, 2016, establish a list of potential alternatives to repurchase that either of the government-sponsored enterprises could offer to lenders in the event of underwriting defects. Additionally, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are providing specific guidance on what kinds of loan defects could lead to a repurchase request or an alternative remedy.)
Manassas Local , Monday, October 05, 2015
(RECAP: Manassas is in talks with a developer to create the city’s first waterfront destination. The focus is 40 acres of land that sits along Gateway Boulevard, between Godwin Drive and Prince William Parkway. A Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles office sits on the land. Manassas City Economic Development Director Patrick Small said a large “destination” tenant would anchor the new development. It won’t be a grocery store, and retail would be only a part of the tenant’s focus. Small could not provide a potential name of a business that might fill the space negotiations are ongoing. Offices, and a mixture of up to 500 apartments and townhomes would also be built on the property that is now owned by the city.)
HousingWire , Tuesday, October 06, 2015
(RECAP: Seven years after Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were placed into conservatorship, there is still a lack of consensus on how to reform the GSEs. Two panels hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center on Tuesday explored GSE reform, including the primary issue of conservatorship and bringing in private capital, with a focus on risk-sharing — specifically “front-end” versus “back end” — and looked more broadly at how to make housing finance more sustainable. The second, keynote panel featured two of the upper chamber of Congress’ leading housing policy leaders, Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Mark Warner, D-Va. Corker and Warner were authors of Corker-Warner, a housing reform bill that failed in the Senate. Warner said bridging the gap between the left and the right on housing policy was a hard chasm to bridge.)
C-ville, Wednesday, October 07, 2015
(RECAP: The public announcement September 21 that Piedmont Housing Alliance would option its right of first refusal to purchase the land and housing complex of Friendship Court has the potential to forever change the landscape and fabric of downtown Charlottesville. The fully occupied 150-unit complex, designated as lower-income housing, sits sandwiched between the increasingly popular Ix Art Park and the Downtown Mall. Although the proposed acquisition won’t happen until the end of 2018, plans are already underway to redesign the 11.75-acre property. Frank Grosch, CEO of PHA says, “We are absolutely committed to keeping the Section 8 housing, and to preserve the community and families that live there.” Although none of those families were invited to attend that announcement, Grosch explains that PHA is still keeping everything internal.)
The Washington Post , Wednesday, October 07, 2015
(RECAP: Northern Virginia has had a so-so housing market thus far in 2015, and David Howell, executive vice president and chief information officer of McEnearney Associates in McLean, says he thinks it will finish out that way, too. “All of the numbers in 2015 year-to-date have been better than 2014 in Northern Virginia, but frankly, 2014 wasn’t that great,” says Howell. “While sales contracts have been up 8 percent so far in 2015, this year so far is only ranked at the fourth best out of the past seven years.” Howell says Northern Virginia is still shaking off the impact of sequestration, which slowed the market in 2014.)


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