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California Bill Would Allow More Housing Near Transit Stops

Like many parts of the country, California is facing a crisis of housing availability and affordability. According to the California Department of Housing and Community Development, 97.6 percent of California cities failed to meet their affordable housing goals in 2017. ...

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Tiny Homes Could Help the Homeless

Earlier this year, HUD Secretary Ben Carson announced an award of $2 billion in support of thousands of local housing and service programs across the U.S. This year’s installment of the annual HUD Continuum of Care grants will assist more ...

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Improving FHA Foreclosure Processes

A new brief released by the Urban Institute explores ways to improve Federal Housing Administration (FHA) foreclosure timelines and conveyance processes so as to drive down costs and make things more efficient. The brief is the third in a series ...

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Puerto Rico Receives Mixed Messages From Treasury, FHA

The U.S. Treasury cut a disaster relief loan to Puerto Rico by over 50 percent this week, according to the island’s Gov. Ricardo Rossello. This relief fund of $4.7 billion was provided in October, during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, ...

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Freddie Mac Tracks Serious Delinquencies

Freddie Mac has released its latest Monthly Volume Summary, which provides information on Freddie Mac's mortgage-related portfolios, securities issuance, risk management, delinquencies, debt activities and other investments. This latest Monthly Volume Summary is comprised of data from January 2018. Freddie ...

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Could Fannie and Freddie Be Eliminated Without Legislation?

GSE reform has been a hot-button topic ever since Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac came under government conservatorship during the financial crisis, but it’s one of those talking points that often seems heavy on the talk and light on the ...

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Powell Doubles Down on “Further Gradual” Interest Rate Hikes

On Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell made his first appearance before Congress since being sworn into the role. Remarking on the strengthening U.S. economy, Powell told Congress that “some of the headwinds the U.S. economy faced in previous years ...

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Lawmaker Proposes Zero-Interest Mortgages to Fight Student Debt

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York recently reported that student loan debt had increased by $21 billion in Q4 2017. U.S. student debt currently totals around $1.4 trillion, with the average student in 2017 owing $37,172. Student loan debt ...

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Report Questions Effectiveness of Fed’s Crisis-Era Purchases

A report presented Friday by economists at the U.S. Monetary Policy Forum questioned the effectiveness of the Federal Reserve’s asset purchases during the 2008 financial crisis. The conference is held annually at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, ...

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FHA Announces Expanded Mortgage Relief for Disaster Victims

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has provided additional relief to victims of the natural disasters that hit the nation in 2017. On Thursday, FHA announced expanded mortgage relief to FHA-insured homeowners who live or work in areas impacted by the ...

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