American Enterprise Institute (AEI) adjunct scholar Charles Wilkins is an affordable housing expert. As a principal of the Compass Group LLC, he advises governmental and private clients in rental housing policy, including rental housing finance and project and loan performance. At AEI, his work focuses on multifamily housing policy and finance.
Earlier, Wilkins worked for the National Housing Partnership. He is the author or coauthor of four books that were published or co-published by the Compass Group LLC: “Managing Occupancy: A Companion Guide to HUD’s Occupancy Handbook” (2004), “Fair Housing: A Guidebook for Owners and Managers of Apartments” (2000), “Shelter From The Storm: Successful Market Conversions of Regulated Housing” (1998), and “Managing Housing Credit Apartments: A Question & Answer Handbook for Property Owners and Managers” (1998).
Wilkins has a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Notwithstanding the recent collapse of our government dominated housing finance system, the housing lobby is once again trotting out the usual arguments for all-encompassing federal guarantees: All homebuyers should be able to obtain high-loan-to-value mortgage loans on all houses in all areas of the country in all market conditions.
We begin with a simple concept -- the American taxpayer should not be on the hook for the losses incurred by privately owned and operated businesses. Providing extensive government guarantees for multifamily lending is corporate welfare and crony capitalism and should be rejected as government policy.
At this event, industry experts Tom White and Charlie Wilkins will argue that the federal guaranty should be phased out and will present findings from their interviews with a host of multifamily and capital-markets experts.
The federal government offers the owners of multifamily rental housing guarantees. The guarantees and artificially low interest rates increase mortgage debt on the nation's multifamily stock. This may cause serious problems if not corrected.
At this event, Thomas White and Charlie S. Wilkins, drawing on their long involvement in multifamily finance, will present their prescription for the future of multifamily housing finance reform, and John C. Weicher and Thomas Watts will draw from their own deep wells of experience to comment on the presentation.
No Federal Guaranties in Multifamily. Period. Everyone now agrees that it was a bad idea to have an implicit federal guaranty for the multifamily activities of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The public debate is now focused on the question of whether there should be explicit federal guarantees for at least some multifamily loans, in at least some market conditions.