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Keys to Opportunity in the Housing Market: How Financial Models Advance and Constrain Low-Income Communities

October 2, 2023 @ 2:00 pm 3:30 pm EDT

Hands holding a small model home

Since the Great Recession, financial markets have increasingly influenced housing markets and have had a particular impact on low- and moderate-income communities. Whether selling homes through contracts for deed or acquiring single-family homes to rent out, corporate and institutional investors are both expanding and constraining opportunity.

Join us October 2 for a research-driven discussion that will explore how both contracts for deed and investor-owned single-family rentals are affecting lower-income communities.

Speakers & Agenda

2:00-2:02 pm ET

Welcome and opening remarks

Jennie Blizzard

Jennie Blizzard
Communications Advisor
Fed Communities

Lisa Nelson

Lisa Nelson
Assistant Vice President
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

2:02-2:03 pm ET

Introduction of Panelists

2:03-2:45 pm ET

Panel 1: Contract for Deed panel

Sarah Bolling

Sarah Bolling Mancini
Co-Director of Advocacy
National Consumer Law Center

John Green

John Green
Managing Principal
Blackstar Stability

Hal Martin

Hal Martin
Policy Economist
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

2:45-2:47 pm ET

Transition and introduction of panelists

2:47-3:29 pm ET

Panel 2: Investor-Owned Single-Family Homes panel

Libby Starling

Libby Starling
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Brian An

Brian An
Assistant Professor and Director of Master of Science in Public Policy
School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech

Laurie Goodman

Laurie Goodman
Institute Fellow
Urban Institute

Kyle Magnum

Kyle Mangum
Senior Economist
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

3:29-3:30 pm ET

Closing remarks

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Seminar organizers

About the Federal Reserve Community Development Research Seminar Series

Keys to Opportunity in the Housing Market

The Federal Reserve Community Development Research Seminar Series is a forum for exploring the intersection of research, policy, and practice in the community development field. The Series expands access to high-quality research that informs stakeholders who are working to support low- and moderate-income communities and communities of color. Our 2023 theme is Keys to Opportunity in the Housing Market.