Affordable housing

Should industry fear Waters-led banking panel?

11/07/18

The presumptive chair of the House Financial Services Committee will likely take the panel in a sharply new direction and have a new bully pulpit to criticize the Trump administration.

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Why banks are taking a closer look at down-payment assistance

10/30/18

A deal between TD Bank and a Vermont nonprofit is just one example of how banks are getting creative in addressing affordable housing needs while reaping financial and regulatory benefits.

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Mortgage credit still in a post-crisis funk? The data begs to differ

10/24/18

Despite recriminations about how the crisis and ensuing regulations have tightened loan access, an actual assessment of mortgage credit availability is more complicated.

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The biggest challenge to fixing housing blight

10/21/18

There are ways to fix vacant housing. So why can't we manage to do it?

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‘We do not determine our destiny’: A sit-down with outgoing Freddie CEO

10/18/18

Donald Layton, who has run the mortgage giant since 2012, discussed the busy agenda leading up to his departure and says Freddie can serve as a "technical adviser" in GSE reform talks.

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Marshall Plan: How to fix vacant housing

10/14/18

Can community land trusts and Community Reinvestment Act reform fuel investment to stop urban blight?

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Lenders fear worst from rent control measure on California ballot

10/10/18

Proposition 10 would give local jurisdictions a freer hand to restrict rents, but critics say that would lead to property devaluations. Some see an effect regardless of whether the measure passes.

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Sweat equity: What does it cost to build a home?

10/09/18

The crisis in affordable housing has its roots in the high cost of building entry-level single-family homes. But why does it cost so much to build a house? And what did previous generations do to build affordable housing?

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'You're either growing or you're dying': The struggle against rural blight

09/30/18

Small towns across the country struggle with vacant housing as much as cities, even though some of those places have plenty of jobs. Geography and a declining population are forcing many rural communities to make hard choices.

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The new blue collar job

09/27/18

People need jobs to afford housing, but how can cities attract more jobs to places that need them the most?

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