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Author Archives: Christina Hughes Babb

Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Contact Christina at christina.hughesbabb@thefivestar.com.

Landlords Fight Foreclosure Ban

A group of landlords in Massachusetts is fighting at both the state and federal level to have an eviction and foreclosure ban lifted. They say the moratorium is hurting them financially and that it is unlawful. The case is being heard ...

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Could Home Price Surge Lead to Another Crash?

housing bubble

Even in the face of a pandemic, elevated unemployment, and a general nationwide recession, home prices have surged, researchers recently reported.  “Prices are defying logic, expectations, and even belief, as they shoot up to record highs amid an unprecedented health and economic crisis,” ...

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HUD Announces Further Guidelines for COVID-Relief Funds

HUD Secretary Dr. Benjamin Carson spotlighted new ways HUD is working with states and local governments to further assist vulnerable populations amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. In an announcement this week, Carson provided guidance and additional flexibility to states and ...

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Mortgage Forbearance Pandemic Trends—Six Things to Know

The mortgage forbearance option in the March 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act  offered relief to millions of homeowners during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 33.4 million with federally backed mortgages can request from their servicers a forbearance plan (with far less documentation of financial hardship than is usually required) allowing them to delay ...

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California Moving Forward With State-Level CFPB

GSE loans

California legislators are pushing for the formation of a new watchdog agency to protect consumers from bad loans by “predatory lenders.”  California Assembly member Monique Limón told National Public Radio (NPR) that since the COVID outbreak, consumer complaints about financial wrongdoing in her state are ...

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