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Vacant Property Taxation Put to the Vote

Following Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and New York, residents of Oakland, California, will soon vote to decide whether or not to approve a tax on privately owned vacant properties. If passed, will more cities follow?

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FHFA Weighs in on Foreclosure Prevention

A recent FHFA report reflects the total number of foreclosure prevention actions taken by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, comparing those statistics to the numbers overall since 2008. What were the key causes of delinquencies during the period?

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Helping Americans Keep Their Homes

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced a grant for housing counseling that will help 1 million households find housing, make more informed choices, and keep their current homes. Here’s what the grant entails.

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Delving Into Consumers’ Minds

home prices

A survey gauges consumer expectations for the coming year. While the signals seem mixed for the housing market, we tease through the numbers to get the big picture.

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The Rise and Fall of Property Values

A recent forecast by an enterprise risk management and collateral valuation service shows property values appreciating across the U.S. But where is the appreciation rate rising most rapidly, and what metro areas are expected to see an actual drop in value? Find out here.

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Hurricane Michael Estimated to Cause $13.4B in Property Damage

Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday as a category 3 hurricane, and a new report estimates that over 57,000 homes are currently at serious risk. Read here about how this intensifying storm threatens residents not only with deadly winds and flooding, but also significant property damage.

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