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Spotlight on What is New and Important Right Now
1. Last week, MBA issued a MAA Call to Action asking industry professionals to contact their Senators and Representatives regrding our industry's tax priorities in the upcoming budget reconciliation negotiations. Residential/Single-Family advocates are encouraged to take action here, and Commercial/Multifamily advocates can take action here. (Last updated 08/16/21)
2. At MBA's Annual Convention and Expo, FHFA Acting Director Sandra Thompson announced two steps to advance housing sustainability and affordability. The GSEs will incorporate desktop appraisals into their Selling Guides for many new purchase loans, and will also expand certain elegibility requirements for their RefiNow and Refi Possible offerings, most notably through an increase to the income threshold from 80% of AMI to 100%. The Acting Director was also generous with her time, meeting with MBA staff and members on multiple occasions. (Last updated 11/2/21)
3. Please join MBA and industry experts on January 27 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm EST to learn more about net zero and commercial real estate finance. ESG 102: Commercial Real Estate and a Net Zero Future: Challenges, Opportunities, and Considerations. Net zero is a growing tool for the CRE industry to address the climate crisis and meet stakeholder demand for public action. This webinar will focus on the various factors at play as the indsutry increasingly incorporates net zero into business strategies. Participants will receive a snapshot of how net zero is working its way into the fabric of commercial real estate in the U.S. and around the world. (Last updated 1/10/22)
4. The Affordable Housing Initiatives Team completed their bi-monthly six-part CONVERGENCE webinar series, "Physics of Affordable Housing." We will be expanding the series into 2022, focusing on a variety of affordable housing hot topics, including a legislative outlook for affordable housing from our lobbyists and an update on the down payment standardization task force with NCSHA. (Last updated 12/06/2021)