Affordable Housing Workshop and Bus Tour!

“Dear Friends of Invest Atlanta,
 
Please help us promote our upcoming affordable housing workshop and bus tour to your employees, friends, constituents, readers and networks. This event is free and prospective home buyers will get a chance to tour available properties in Atlanta neighborhoods and learn how to access up to $40,000 in downpayment assistance. This is an all day event for home buyers and will take place at City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue, SW, Atlanta, GA 30303, in the atrium.”
 
RSVP’s are required to Sarah Head at 404-614-8317 or email her at shead@investatlanta.com.
SPACE IS LIMITED, RSVP TODAY!
Help us re-invigorate Atlanta’s historic intown neighborhoods!

A Change in Approach Could Ease Housing Crisis

The United States is on track to experience a record number of foreclosures this year and could break another record in 2011, says columnist Ezra Klein, who lists four ideas housing industry experts are weighing as they attempt to jump-start a struggling market.

One is to revamp the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) to empower housing counselors to modify mortgages using a standard formula, rather than leaving this task to the banks.

Second, banks could be given an incentive to participate in HAMP by empowering bankruptcy judges to modify the principal on mortgages.

Third, experts say that making mediation programs a mandatory requirement will give banks an opportunity to meet with every distressed home owner, look through the papers, consider the nuances of the situation, and make a good-faith effort to work out an arrangement.

And fourth, right-to-rent programs could be expanded for foreclosed home owners — like the one operated by Fannie Mae, which lets home owners rent their homes at fair-market value for five years.

Source: Washington Post, Ezra Klein (10/15/10) 

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Failed Projects Turned Into Affordable Housing

Expensive cities like New York and Seattle are trying to find ways to change failed luxury projects into affordable housing for families with moderate incomes.

Seattle has a measure on the ballot in the next election that would create a fund to buy market-rate real estate developments. New York is studying a plan to subsidize unsold or half-built apartments to make them affordable for families earning between $55,000 and $158,000,

Cities need affordable housing for teachers, police, and firefighters, says Alan Berube, research director of the Brookings Institution’s metropolitan policy program.

Source: USA Today, Martha T. Moore (07/01/2009)

First BeltLine Bonds Sold

 

Atlanta, GA, Oct. 31, 2008 – Today, the City Of Atlanta closed on a private placement of BeltLine Tax Allocation District (TAD) bonds worth $64.5 million, slightly more than half (54%) of the original bond authorization approved by City Council in August 2008. Two local institutions, Wachovia Bank and SunTrust Bank, each purchased $32.25 million in bonds.

Consistent with the City Council approved bond allocation, fifteen percent of the net proceeds, approximately $8.8 million, will capitalize the BeltLine Affordable Housing Trust Fund and another portion will be allocated to the Economic Development Fund. The remainder of the net proceeds will cover transit-related property acquisitions, including the full repayment of the debt on the Northeast Corridor property, working capital and bond issuance expenses.

“This is yet another milestone for the BeltLine which will preserve and add to the project’s momentum,” said Terri Y. Montague, President and CEO of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

“We are grateful that Wachovia and SunTrust, two longtime financial partners of the City of Atlanta, have demonstrated their confidence in the BeltLine by investing in these bonds. We are also thankful for the City Council’s crucial and continued support for this historic and visionary project,” said Valarie Wilson, Executive Director of the BeltLine Partnership.

The bond financing includes a provision to refinance the bonds on or after July 1, 2009. The City plans to issue the remainder of the $120 million bond authorization at the time of the subsequent bond refinancing or when market conditions become more favorable.

While the Atlanta City Council initially approved a bond sale of $120 million for the BeltLine TAD in August 2008, the global financial crisis and the lack of activity in the municipal bond market delayed the City’s ability to issue these bonds, along with several other bond sales. By proceeding with a smaller bond sale at this time, the project met the deadline of October 31 to finalize the acquisition of the Northeast Corridor property. It also satisfied a provision of the Fulton County Consent Resolution, which mandates that BeltLine TAD bonds must be issued before the end of 2008 to insure Fulton County’s participation in the TAD.

The Atlanta BeltLine is a $2.8 billion redevelopment project that will shape the way Atlanta grows over the next 25 years and beyond.  The project proposes a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other by streetcar or light rail. The BeltLine is the most comprehensive economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment currently underway in the United States.

 

For more information about the BeltLine, please visit www.beltline.org

Model Home..

Have you ever toured a home and just wanted to -STAY? Well, that’s how I feel every time I see 523 E. Ontario.  This home is a perfect pad for those interested in

1) City living

2) An active, concerned neighborhood- residents and association

3)Affordability

4)A home with DETAILS! CHARACTER,CHARM- (leaving all your friends envious!)

5) Large private backyard, huge party deck

6) A Walk in closet/room!

7) Coffered ceilings, multiple fireplaces

8)A renovated home- ready for your touch but no major work needed

9)Close to BeltLine

10)Applicances!

11) Paved SIDEWALKS!!!

12) Clawfoot tub

13) much more- a MUST SEE..

I’m looking for a reason to go back and “gush” over this home. Let’s tour it together today! List price 165K

Employer-Assisted Housing Can Be the Answer

Rising home prices, increased housing costs, and today’s tightened mortgage market have put homeownership out of reach for many working families.

In fact, nearly 40 percent of Americans believe there is a shortage of available affordable housing, according to a recent survey by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

The survey also found eight out of 10 Americans believe that having enough money for down payment and closing costs is an obstacle to purchasing a home. Another 69 percent think it’s difficult to find a home that they both like and can afford.

To promote more affordable housing solutions for the nation’s workforce, hundreds of housing advocates from across the country are coming together Monday for the first-ever conference on employer-assisted housing benefits.

“Employer-Assisted Housing: Bring Workers Home” is taking place in Chicago at the InterContinental Hotel. The conference will highlight case studies of successful EAH programs from public and private sector employers and local governments and allow key stakeholders to connect and explore opportunities to work together to help increase awareness about EAH benefits.

“REALTORS® build communities and care about the lack of housing opportunities available to America’s low- to moderate-income working families, many of whom can’t find affordable housing near their workplace,” says NAR President Dick Gaylord.

The conference keynote speakers are national housing consultants Beverly Barnes and Beth Marcus; Sharon H. Douglas, vice president of human resources and chief people person, Aflac; and Carl Guardino, Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

NAR is sponsoring the event in partnership with the Chicago Association of REALTORS®, Illinois Association of REALTORS ®, Metropolitan Planning Council, National Association of Counties, National Housing Conference and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Source: NAR