July 16, 2012

A simple question or a violation of law?

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There are many questions housing providers will ask you when it comes to renting an apartment, buying a home, or applying for a mortgage.  “Are you Hispanic?” shouldn’t be one of them.  The law is clear – you can’t be treated differently based your national origin.  In short, your family tree doesn’t matter. The unequal […]

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January 25, 2012

Obama proposes task force to probe mortgage misdeeds

During his State of the Union address last night, President Obama spoke about the creation of task force that will dig deeper into questionable lending practices. “President Obama announced Tuesday the creation of a task force aimed at investigating the shoddy mortgage-lending practices that contributed to the financial collapse of 2008 and the housing crisis that […]

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December 22, 2011

The Many Languages of HUD

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Have a question about buying a home, rental assistance or foreclosure but English is not your first language?  HUD can help with its new HUD Language Line, a live telephone interpretation service that will allow HUD staff to converse with the public in almost any language. To help HUD staff better communicate with Limited English […]

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December 21, 2011

Winning the Fight against Lending Discrimination

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In the largest fair lending settlement in history, today HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan joined Attorney General Eric Holder to announce a $355 million agreement with Countrywide Financial Corporation, a mortgage lender now owned by Bank of America. The case against Countrywide alleges that between 2004 and 2008, the company practiced lending discrimination against more than […]

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