J.D., Temple University
B.A. Religion and Political Science, Swarthmore College
Real Estate Market Research (residential), Program Evaluation, Foreclosure/Predatory Lending, Neighborhood Change
Colin Weidig conducts evaluations, strategic planning, and quantitative analyses for philanthropic, government, and private clients. Employing both quantitative (including spatial, statistical, and analytics-based) and qualitative (including interviews and focus groups) analyses, Mr. Weidig uses research to help clients better understand their markets, programs, and policy advocacy. He is currently working on researching the impact of reverse mortgages on the Philadelphia area, analyzing the number and geography of evictions in Philadelphia, and a Market Value Analysis of Jacksonville, Florida. His previous work included evaluations of a vacant property management strategy, a weatherization assistance program, and Philadelphia’s Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program; as well as Market Value Analyses for eight cities or counties around the country. He is the co-author of The City of Philadelphia’s Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program: Addressing the Rising Tide of Foreclosure, What if Pennsylvania Had Not Had HEMAP?, and Strategic Property Code Enforcement and its Impacts on Surrounding Markets: An Analysis of Philadelphia’s Implementation of Pennsylvania’s Neighborhood Blight Revitalization and Reclamation Act, among others.
Prior to joining Reinvestment Fund, Mr. Weidig was a staff attorney at Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent, which included representing home owners participating in the Diversion Program.
The release of 2020 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data provide an opportunity to look at the local mortgage lending environment – trends in loan volume, the kinds of loans being made, where loans are made, how efficiently different groups can access credit, and how key features of originated mortgages vary across different racial groups in Philadelphia.
Reinvestment Fund’s research report provides new insight into how many Black and Hispanic renters in Philadelphia face an eviction filing compared to other racial and ethnic groups. While previous research has documented the persistent, statistically significant effect of Census tract-level racial composition on filing volume, this is the first look at the racial and ethnic characteristics of the universe of residential eviction defendants.
In 2019 Policy Solutions partnered with Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) to conduct a study of historical patterns of homeownership rates for different racial/ethnic groups throughout the 21st century. The study findings highlight the ongoing persistence of gaps in White and non-White homeownership throughout Pennsylvania.
In this Brief, Reinvestment Fund reviews the learnings from an analysis of JBAs as well as interviews with tenants and landlords (and their respective attorneys) and court observation.
Each year, the federal government releases a comprehensive database on mortgage lending activities across the US based on activity reported by lending institutions under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). This year, there were a number of changes to the database; some changes from 2015 revisions expanded what we can know about mortgage applications (e.g., the age of borrowers) and other 2017-era changes limited that knowledge (e.g., suppressing applicant credit information). Read the report to see what the data reveals about mortgage lending activity in Philadelphia.
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