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The latest in industry news with the insight of Dominion Due Diligence Group (D3G) President, Rob Hazelton

 

Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta Announces New Advisory Council Members

ATLANTA, Feb. 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (FHLBank Atlanta) announced today that it has appointed two members to its Affordable Housing Advisory Council.

New Members:

Rob Hazelton has vast experience with multi-family housing preservation as it relates to capital needs, architectural design, construction cost estimation, energy conservation, and environmental issues. Mr. Hazelton has worked in all 50 states for the preservation of multifamily and senior housing under the LIHTC Qualified Allocation Plans. He has been involved with the HUD Multifamily Accelerated Process Guide since inception, and is proficient in the FHA-HUD multifamily mortgage insurance markets. Frequently asked to provide technical services for HUD’s many pilot and demonstration programs, Mr. Hazelton is currently working with the LIHTC Pilot, the Rental Assistance Demonstration, Moving to Work, and self-managed Energy Performance Contracting. He was appointed to the Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council by former Gov. Mark Warner, and he continues to support local organizations which service the senior and disabled communities. Mr. Hazelton is an active board member of a Richmond Regional Energy Alliance, focused on bringing energy awareness and efficiency to disadvantaged communities. He is a graduate of Bucknell University and resides in Richmond, Virginia.

Christie V. Smith is executive director of Neighborhood Housing Services of Richmond, Inc. (NHSR), a community development corporation and community development financial institution. NHSR’s mission is to present opportunities for low- and moderate-income families preparing to purchase affordable homes, and to strengthen communities in Richmond and other areas of Virginia. Ms. Smith has served in a variety of capacities at NHSR, including as Homeownership Manager, Housing Counselor, and CRA Officer. She is currently active with the Virginia Association of Housing Counselors (VAHC), the National Association of Professional Women, the National Credit Union Association, and the African-American Credit Union Coalition. Ms. Smith holds a certificate of completion from the Mosley-Flint School of Real-Estate, is a certified FHA Direct Endorsement Underwriter, is certified under the VA’s Lender Appraisal Processing Program, is a VAHC certified Housing Counselor, is a HUD certified Default Counselor, and is a Virginia Housing Development Authority Train the Trainer facilitator. She develops underwriting guidelines for CRA products and NHSR loan products, and she approves, funds, and sells mortgage loans to the secondary markets. Ms. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Criminal Justice, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Richmond.

About the Affordable Housing Advisory Council 
FHLBank Atlanta’s Affordable Housing Advisory Council comprises 15 representatives from a diverse group of community and nonprofit organizations actively involved in providing or promoting low- and moderate-income housing and community lending within FHLBank Atlanta’s district. The Advisory Council provides advice to FHLBank Atlanta’s board of directors regarding ways in which the Bank can enhance the effectiveness of its housing finance and community lending mission.

About the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta
FHLBank Atlanta offers competitively-priced financing, community development grants, and other banking services to help member financial institutions make affordable home mortgages and provide economic development credit to neighborhoods and communities. The Bank's members—its shareholders and customers—are commercial banks, credit unions, savings institutions, community development financial institutions, and insurance companies located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. FHLBank Atlanta is one of 11 district banks in the Federal Home Loan Bank System. Since 1990, the FHLBanks have awarded approximately $5.4 billion in Affordable Housing Program funds, assisting more than 827,000 households.

For more information, visit our website at www.fhlbatl.com.

D3G RAD Work in January RADTalk Newsletter

Every time I get a RADBlast and the RADTalk newsletter I get excited to see the statistics of the program and transformation project highlights. To date 818 public housing properties have been converted, resulting in 88,000 preserved units. And because D3G has worked on over 790 RAD properties totaling greater than 110,000 units, we commonly see our achievements championed by HUD! D3G was an integral team member on this month’s RADTalk showcase properties in San Francisco and Cleveland. Keep up the great work Office of Recapitalization!

https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/Housing/documents/RAD_Jan2018_Newsletter%20013118.pdf

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D3G Provides One Stop Green MIP Shop for Walker Dunlop Deal

Congratulations to longtime client Walker Dunlop on securing a $15.5 million HUD loan for the construction of Manseau Flats, a multifamily project located outside of Lambeau Field. This project is expected to qualify for the National Green Building Standard designation, work that D3G supported as part of our one stop shop for Green MIP. We also delivered a range of due diligence services and reports for this project including, a Statement of Energy Design (SEDI), pre-construction radon mitigation review and an Arch and Cost Review. 

http://rebusinessonline.com/walker-dunlop-arranges-15-5m-hud-loan-for-construction-of-multifamily-project-near-lambeau-field-in-wisconsin/

 

How this Tax Plan Affects Affordable Housing

The irony between actions and words in DC is staggering. This week I was at AHF Live in Chicago, where the dominant topic of discussion was the President’s tax reform. And yet a day after the House passes the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) an article is published in which HUD Secretary Carson reminds us that "11 million households in America are severely burdened". To add on a layer of absurdity, Dr. Carson champions RAD as an example of how his Department plans to address the affordable housing crisis yet, no one in this Administration seems to comprehend that the House version of the tax cuts eliminates the Private Activity Bond market, which directly kills the historic, new market and 4% tax credit markets!

The link between the success of RAD and the private activity bond market is strong, as it is estimated that greater than 50% of RAD conversions will require tax credits to address needed repairs and deferred maintenance. The Finger Lake Times described the devastating effect this legislation would have, and how conversions like those planned in New York City would never come to fruition. I have faith that those in the Senate will understand the mechanisms necessary to solve the housing crisis and will not eliminate the 4% bond market.  

D3G Works on $60 Million Dollar Walker Dunlop Deal

Congratulations to long-time client Walker Dunlop on their arrangement of a $61 million dollar HUD loan for Bozzuto Development on Monarch at Waugh Chapel, a multifamily project located in Gambrills, Maryland.

D3G was tasked to support multiple facets of the FHA-loan due diligence process. Our Architectural, Engineering and Cost department provided a pre-application review as well as a full 221(d4) A/e plan and cost review. Our Energy team provided the required studies for the property to achieve the MIP reduction to 25 bps. D3G’s Environmental Team provided complex Phase 1 ESA, Phase 2 investigation, and NEPA studies inclusive of floodplain mitigation.   

This project demonstrated how important a knowledgeable and integrated team is to a successful FHA loan application! 

http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/Walker-Dunlop-Provides-61-Million-Loan-for-New-Bozzuto-Apartment-Community-1007083893

 

 

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