About Us

Housing Think was founded to offer news and resources not currently provided by the affordable housing industry’s established media centers.

David Layfield, Co-Founder

Over the last 18 years, David has been involved with many aspects of the affordable housing industry.

As a Senior Loan Specialist at USDA, Rural Development, he participated in the management of multiple Federal housing Programs including Section 514/516 Farm Labor Housing and Section 515 Rural Rental Housing. During his time with USDA, he was responsible for oversight, underwriting and policy making.

Before and after his time with USDA, David developed, managed and built affordable rental housing. He has developed more than 25 affordable rental properties including Low Income Housing Tax Credit, Section 514/516 Farm Labor Housing, Section 515 Rural Rental Housing, Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Housing and other Federal and state funding programs. He currently serves as the President and CEO of David Layfield and Associates, an affordable housing developer and consulting firm focussing on transactions in the Mid-Atlantic.

He is also Founder and Owner of AffordableHousingOnline.com, the nation’s first ever affordable rental housing listing service and CEO of ApartmentSmart.com, the #1 Affordable Housing Internet Listing Service (ILS). With more than 4 million affordable housing renters visiting the sites each year, David has successfully grown the web businesses from a hobby to a flourishing business providing a much needed service to low income renters. His Internet marketing skills and experience are a tremendous asset to Housing Think.

Jeffrey Carroll, Co-Founder

Jeffrey B. Carroll is President of Allen & Associates Consulting. Mr. Carroll has over 20 years of real estate consulting experience. Since 1988, he has performed over 2,000 market study, rent comparability study, appraisal, environmental assessment, capital needs assessment, and utility allowance assignments throughout the country for affordable multifamily properties.

Mr. Carroll is a certified general appraiser, licensed to appraise real estate in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. He is also a member of the National Council of Affordable Housing Market Analysts, where he previously served on the Executive Committee and chaired the Data and Ethics Committees. Mr. Carroll has successfully completed the NCAHMA peer review process.

He has written articles on development, market assessment, financial analysis, and property management for Urban Land magazine, The Journal of Property Management, Community Management magazine, Merchandiser magazine, and a publication of the Texas A&M Real Estate Research Center known as Terra Grande.

Mr. Carroll has conducted seminars on development, market & feasibility analysis and affordable housing for the American Planning Association, Community Management magazine, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, the Manufactured Housing Institute, the National Association of State and Local Equity Funds, the Virginia Community Development Corporation, and the National Council of Affordable Housing Market Analysts.

Mr. Carroll’s experience includes the development, finance and operation of single family, multifamily and manufactured home communities. As Investment Manager for GE Capital Corporation, Mr. Carroll managed a $500 million residential construction and development investment portfolio. Mr. Carroll also assisted in the management of over 12,000 apartment units for South West Property Trust, formerly one of the largest apartment REITs in the nation. In addition, Mr. Carroll managed manufactured housing and multifamily land development activities for CWS Development, a subsidiary of Clayton, Williams & Sherwood, formerly one of the largest manufactured home community operators in the nation.

Ryan Sloan, Editor

Ryan Sloan is an internationally published journalist, avid blogger, and social media expert. He earned his degree with distinction in Economics from the University of Michigan and is currently earning his Master of City Planning at the University of Pennsylvania.

Juell Stewart, Contributor

Juell Stewart is a writer, organizer and policy researcher. She is currently pursuing her Master of City Planning degree with a concentration in Community and Economic Development at the University of Pennsylvania.

Benjamin Fendler, Contributor

Ben Fendler is an analyst and advocate with substantial experience in the government affairs industry.  Ben has worked as a congressional page, and later as an intern on Capitol Hill; an assistant on Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s campaign team; a legislative analyst for a non-profit organization specializing in employment policy and unemployment insurance; and a legislative and policy associate for a non-profit organization specializing in housing policy. He earned his degree in Political Science from the University of Virginia.


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