Housing Conference Looks At Idaho's Market

Oct 5, 2015

A two-day conference that starts Tuesday in Boise will address everything from housing trends to homelessness. The Idaho Housing and Finance Association’s Conference on Housing and Economic Development is the largest of its kind in Idaho.

Kevin Harper is with IHFA. He says the conference is important to anyone in the housing, economic development and business communities. “It’s of interest to a lot of real estate agents and brokers, mortgage brokers, bankers, lenders, builders and pretty much any business affected by those businesses as well, so it’s a pretty big deal.”

The conference will also look at technological and business trends, cyber crime, non-profits and how the upcoming elections could affect the housing market.

“We like to get an idea of where the housing market’s headed. Everyone wants to know how are the demographics in the state of Idaho changing and how is that going to impact the housing market, and those are the kinds of things the conference is about.”

Harper says IHFA’s goal is to provide funding for affordable housing opportunities. Last year, the organization financed 5,800 new mortgages.

More than 600 people from 13 states have signed up to talk about where the housing market is headed in Idaho.

Harper says the conference happens every three years.

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