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Furman Center Releases "Reducing the Cost of New Housing Construction in New York City: 2005 Update"

Furman Center Releases "Reducing the Cost of New Housing Construction in New York City: 2005 Update"

The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy releases Reducing the Cost of New Housing Construction in New York City: 2005 Update. This report contains the results of an investigation into two related questions: (1) to what extent does the cost of building housing in New York City exceed the cost of construction in other large American cities and (2) what steps can government and the private sector take to reduce the cost of housing development.

Furman Center Releases New Report on Foreclosed Properties in New York City

Furman Center Releases New Report on Foreclosed Properties in New York City

On January 14, 2010, the Furman Center released a new report, Foreclosed Properties in NYC: A Look at the Last 15 Years.  The report analyzes the outcomes of 1-4 family properties that entered foreclosure in New York City between 1993 and 2007, paying particular attention to trends in recent years.  While foreclosure filings continue to rise, little is known about what happens to those properties-how many homeowners are able to stay in their home, how many sell their homes, how many complete the foreclosure process and end up in REO.  This report sheds new light on these questions. View the press release.

Furman Center releases new study on racial segregation and subprime lending

Furman Center releases new study on racial segregation and subprime lending

On November 19, 2009, the Furman Center released a new report examining the relationship between residential segregation and subprime lending. The study examined whether the likelihood that borrowers of different races received a subprime loan varied depending on the level of racial segregation. It looked both at the role of racial segregation in metropolitan areas across the country and at the role that neighborhood demographics within communities in New York City played. The report found that, nationally, black borrowers living in the most racially segregated metropolitan areas were more likely to receive subprime loans than black borrowers living in the least racially segregated metropolitan areas. When looking just at New York City neighborhood demographics, the report found that living in a predominantly non-white neighborhood made it more likely that borrowers of all races would receive a subprime loan.

The Furman Center is a leading academic research center, and a joint initiative of NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and the School of Law. The director is Vicki Been, the Boxer Family Professor of Law, and the co-director is Professor Ingrid Ellen of Wagner.

Furman Center Report Examines Housing and Neighborhood Conditions

Furman Center Report Examines Housing and Neighborhood Conditions

Over the past three years, housing rents in New York City have risen faster than inflation, and inflation-adjusted incomes have fallen, forcing New Yorkers with low or moderate income to allot a much larger share of their household budget for rent, according to a new report from New York University, The State of New York City's Housing and Neighborhoods. Prepared by the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, a joint initiative of the New York University School of Law and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU, the report finds that the rate of new construction has outpaced population growth in recent years, but that the number of units available at rents affordable to the 42 percent of the city's households earning $32,000 or less fell by almost 205,000 units in the last three years.

Furman Center Report Finds Fewer New Mortgages Go to Blacks and Hispanics

Furman Center Report Finds Fewer New Mortgages Go to Blacks and Hispanics

A new report by the Furman Center for Real Estate & Urban Policy, a joint initiative of the New York University School of Law and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU, shows that the number of new mortgates to blacks and  Hispanics plummeted in New York  City in 2007. Meanwhile, according to the report, released in October, 2008, that total held steady for white borrowers.

The report found that risky high-interest loans declined -- a silver lining, according to the researchers, who used data released in September, 2008 under the Federal Home Mortgage Disclosure Act.

The Furman Center is dedicated to providing objective academic and empirical research on the legal and public policy issues involving land use, real estate, housing and urban affairs in the United States, with a particular focus on New York City. Its Director is Law School  Professor Vicki L. Been of the Law School and its Co-director is Professor Ingrid Gould Ellen of NYU Wagner. 

To read the report and related news coverage, please click below.

Furman Center Sees Sharp Rise in Sub-prime Mortgages in NYC

Furman Center Sees Sharp Rise in Sub-prime Mortgages in NYC

In October, 2007, the website Gotham Gazette interviewed NYU Wagner Professor Ingrid Ellen and NYU School of Law Professor Vicki Been about "2006 State of New York City Housing and Neighborhoods," a widely cited report of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy operated jointly by Wagner and the Law School. As the Q@A reflects (click below), the Center has found a dramatic increase in subprime loans to individuals with problematic credit histories, as well as high rates of foreclosures in some parts of the city. Professor Ellen, Co-director of the Furman Center (Professor Been is Director), also addressed the issue of subprime mortgages and their impact on minority communities at an Oct. 4, 2007, forum at the Wagner School with Sarah Gerecke, CEO, Neighborhood Housing Services of NYC. That forum, "Risking the American Dream," was sponsored by the Students of African Descent Alliance Wagner Student Group. On October 15, the New York Times featured an article on the Furman Center analysis on sub-prime lending, entitled "Racial Disparity Found Among New Yorkers with High-Rate Mortgages." The Times also published an editorial on the Furman Center analysis in the Oct. 17 edition.

Furman Center's 10th Annual "Housing & Neighborhoods" Report Explores NYC Trends

Furman Center's 10th Annual "Housing & Neighborhoods" Report Explores NYC Trends

The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, a project of the New York University School of Law and NYU Wagner, has just released the 10th annual edition of its widely read State of New York City’s Housing and Neighborhoods report.

Professor Ingrid Ellen is quoted in this Crain’s article about the report, while Professor Vicki Been discussed it with “Morning Edition with Brian Lehrer” on WNYC-AM/FM.

Professors Been and Ellen are the directors of the Furman Center, which, in February, garnered a nationally prestigious MacArthur Award For Creative and Effective Institutions.

The 10th annual edition of the State of New York City’s Housing and Neighborhoods, features 2011 data on housing, demographics, and quality of life indicators for each borough and for the city’s 59 community districts. It also finds that while the city remains highly segregated by race, more of its neighborhoods are racially integrated today than 20 years ago. In addition, this year’s report analyzes mortgage finance trends in New York City, and finds that the volume of lending is increasing, the number of foreclosure notices issued has dropped from previous years, and the number of properties entering REO has decreased.

 

 

 

 

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