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Maryland Housing Beat: Multifamily Building Permits Up More Than 394 Percent in February


Housing Beat V-3 N-3Crownsville, MD – Multifamily building permits in February nearly quadrupled over the same period last year, according to Maryland Housing Beat, DHCD’s monthly profile of the state’s housing market.

Vol. 3 Issue 3 – reflecting statistical data from February – can be viewed by visiting DHCD’s website at or by clicking here to download a PDF version.

Building permits are a leading indicator of construction activity. Overall, they were up by more than 28 percent over last February., including a decrease of 32.5 percent for single family permits and an increase of 394.5 percent for multifamily permits.

Maryland Housing Beat is an in-depth review of housing-related data compiled by DHCD’s Office of Research and Statistical Analysis from a broad range of sources, including the National Association of Realtors and the Maryland Association of Realtors; Freddie Mac; the Mortgage Bankers Association and RealtyTrac. Maryland Housing Beat is a monthly publication of DHCD’s Office of Communications and Marketing.

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Baltimore City Celebrates Grand Opening of New Apartment Complex After Renovation of 19th Century Police Station

Baltimore officials on Monday celebrated the grand opening of the Fells Point Apartments.

Baltimore officials, developers and Patricia Sylvester, DHCD’s director of multiffamily housing, on Monday celebrated the grand opening of the Fells Point Station Apartments. The $13.6 million renovation of the former police station was made possible in part through low income housing tax credits and more than $1.1 million from the state’s rental housing production program.

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At Groundbreaking, Lt. Governor Says DHCD’s New HQ in Prince George’s County will Spur Development, Create Jobs



New Carrollton, MD - DHCD on Wednesday broke ground on its new headquarters in Prince George’s County, marking the start of construction of a mixed-use, transit-oriented project that will be the anchor of new development centered around the New Carrollton metro station. Read the release.

The facilities are expected to be ready for occupancy by 2015.

The new DHCD headquarters building will serve as a foundation for redevelopment and smart growth.  The project is expected to create 132 permanent jobs, 325 construction-period jobs, and will generate significant new tax revenues for the county and state with a net economic benefit of $8 million over the period of the lease. The relocation will  place more than 330 employees into the area, creating a greater need for restaurants, retail, and other services.

Total costs for the first phase of the project are $166 million and will include 500 residential units and 65,000 square feet of retail space. When fully built out through Phase Two, the project will incorporate up to 2,400 residential dwelling units, 100,000 square feet of retail and a 300 room hotel. As part of this investment, the state has committed to a 15-year lease on the property.


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New Initiative Offers Homebuyers Special Rates and Down Payment Assistance through the Maryland Mortgage Program



Downtown workers listen intently during a homebuyer education workshop during the Home Sweet Baltimore event Thursday.

Baltimore – Families looking to buy a home in Baltimore, parts of Prince George’s County and other targeted areas around the state may qualify for special rates and significant down payment assistance through the Maryland Mortgage Program.

DHCD Deputy Secretary Clarence Snuggs joined city officials for Home Sweet Baltimore, a gala event promoting homeownership and city living. The deputy secretary announced Maryland’s new Targeted Areas initiative, offering interest rates of 3 5/8 percent for homebuyers purchasing in Baltimore City and other targeted areas throughout the state, including parts of Prince George’s County. The Targeted Areas initiative runs from April 1 through May 31.

Home Sweet Baltimore was sponsored by DHCD, the city and Live Baltimore. It featured roughly 30 exhibitors, including lenders, developers and housing counseling organizations. The was to acquaint the downtown lunch time crowd with the homeownership incentives available through the Maryland Mortgage Program and the city’s Baltimore Housing Incentives Program. Continue reading

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Brentwood and Langley Park in Prince George’s County are Maryland’s Latest Sustainable Communities




Langley Park is now one of 66 Sustainable Communities in Maryland.

Crownsville – The addition of Brentwood and Langley Park in Prince George’s County bring the number of Sustainable Communities in Maryland to 66.

Each Sustainable Community has developed, and committed to a revitalization and reinvestment plan that will support principles of sustainability.

Principles of sustainability, as defined in the 2010 Sustainable Communities Act are places where public and private investments and partnerships achieve:

  • Development of a healthy local economy;
  • Protection and appreciation of historical and cultural resources;
  • A mix of land uses;
  • Affordable and sustainable housing, and employment options;
  • Growth and development practices that protect the environment and conserve air, water and energy resources, encourage walkability and recreational opportunities, and where available, create access to transit.

Langley Park and the Town of Brentwood were approved at the Smart Growth Subcabinet meeting on March 19. Continue reading

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Maryland Mortgage Program’s Redesigned Website, New Homeownership Initiatives, Get Air Time on WEAA-FM’s Wealthy Lifestyles Show


Ariano on WEAA 5.29Baltimore, MD – The Maryland Mortgage Program’s redesigned website generated a little buzz Tuesday on WEAA-FM’s Wealthy Lifestyles Radio with Deborah Owens.

DHCD Deputy Director Bill Ariano told listeners of the popular personal finance call-in show that the new website is designed to be cleaner, easier to navigate and easier to use. Listen to the show.

And listeners responded with a collective sigh of relief.

Said one caller, “Thank you, thank you, thank you for changing that very complex website.”

The Maryland Mortgage Program unveiled its new website in February after six months of study and construction. Modeled after the website that was launched last year, the new site features user-friendly categories such as “Is the Maryland Mortgage Program Right for Me?” “Down Payment and Closing Cost Assistance,” “Homebuyer Education,” and “Property Information.” There is a specific link for lenders interested in learning more about the state’s flagship homeownership program and another link for real estate agents.

Of course, the conversation wasn’t only about the website. Continue reading

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For a Limited Time, DHCD is Offering Special Maryland Mortgage Plan Rates for Military Personnel, Veterans and Disabled Veterans


VeteransCrownsville, MD – DHCD is offering special mortgage rates and significant down payment assistance for veterans and active duty military personnel and an even lower rate for disabled veterans.

The special rates are through the Maryland Homefront: The Veterans and Military Family Mortgage program and is in appreciation for their service and sacrifice.

But the special rates are for a limited time only. The initiative ends at the close of business on May 30. Continue reading

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Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley Urges Full Funding of the National Housing Trust Fund



Governor O’Malley addressed the Governor’s Housing Conference in Baltimore last fall.



Annapolis, MD – Governor Martin O’Malley on Monday became the first governor in the nation to express support for the National Housing Trust Fund and to request that the trust receive full funding.

The National Housing Trust Fund was established as a provision of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 as a means to provide communities with funds to build, preserve and rehabilitate rental homes that are affordable for extremely low and very low income households.

Below is a release from the governor’s office:

“The governor is joining Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake; Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin; and 31 additional U.S. Senators who have asked the newly appointed Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt to start requiring that these contributions begin immediately to the National Housing Trust Fund. Continue reading

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Maryland Receives More Than $1 Million from NeighborWorks America to Support Foreclosure Prevention Efforts

Washington, D.C. – Noting that the demand for foreclosure prevention counseling far exceeds the supply, NeighborWorks America announced the award of $63.1 million, including more than $1 million to Maryland, to provide counseling to families facing foreclosure. Learn more.

While the pace of home foreclosure has lessened, many homeowners in Maryland and across the country continue to face serious mortgage payment issues. The much-needed funding will enable DHCD to support its network of 39 MD HOPE counseling agencies.

National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling program funding supports counseling that helps families through the long and complicated foreclosure process. NeighborWorks America believes that a number of these families might not have fallen into foreclosure if they had the benefit of NeighborWorks pre-purchase housing counseling and education prior to becoming homeowners.



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