Mnuchin’s OneWest Tenure Questioned During Confirmation Hearing

At his five-hour long confirmation hearing today, Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin took questions about his positions on monetary policy, tax reform, foreign investment and economic sanctions, housing finance and the future of the Government Sponsored Enterprises, and on his personal and professional dealings with various companies including OneWest Bank. Mnuchin was asked repeatedly about … more Mnuchin’s OneWest Tenure Questioned During Confirmation Hearing

Government Funding Extended; No Break in FHA Insuring Authority

President Barack Obama signed a Continuing Resolution (HR 5325) into law today that keeps the federal government running through December 9. The Continuing Resolution funds federal agencies, like HUD, and gives FHA the authority to continue insuring Home Equity Conversion Mortgages. The CR was cleared by the House of Representatives on Wednesday night on a … more Government Funding Extended; No Break in FHA Insuring Authority

Senate Unanimously Passes Bipartisan Condo Legislation

The U.S. Senate approved legislation by unanimous consent that is designed to make FHA’s condo recertification process substantially less burdensome. H.R. 3700, the “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act,” passed the House of Representatives by a 420-0 vote in February. The legislation now goes to President Obama’s desk for his signature. Under the Act, FHA must: establish … more Senate Unanimously Passes Bipartisan Condo Legislation

Legislative Updates: THUD Appropriations and Transitional Licensing

Thus Appropriations The Appropriations Committee in the House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) appropriations bill this week that includes $38.7 billion for HUD programs. The appropriations bill provides $55 million for housing counseling and extends FHA’s authority to continue insuring Home Equity Conversion Mortgages when the … more Legislative Updates: THUD Appropriations and Transitional Licensing

President Renews Older Americans Act

President Obama signed legislation into law this week that reauthorizes the Older Americans Act for three more years, increases funding for senior programs by 6% and allocates more funding to states with growing 60+ populations. Bob Blancato, newly elected chairman of the American Society on Aging (and recent presenter at NRMLA East), wrote an article … more President Renews Older Americans Act

Budget Compromise Extends HECM Insuring Authority

Congress passed a $1.1 trillion, 2,009-page Omnibus Funding Bill today that funds the federal government through September 30, 2016. The bill, which passed out of both chambers by large majorities, goes to President Obama for his signature. The Omnibus Funding Bill increases funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development by $3 billion to … more Budget Compromise Extends HECM Insuring Authority

Senate Committee Passes THUD Appropriations Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee passed the fiscal year 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) appropriations bill yesterday that includes $37.56 billion for HUD programs. The measure provides $47 million for housing counseling, the same amount approved in the THUD appropriations bill approved by the House of Representatives last month. Funding levels … more Senate Committee Passes THUD Appropriations Bill