June 25, 2014

Celebrating Homeownership Month in My New Home

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In 2008 I was sitting in an office building in Chicago when the greatest recession since the Great Depression began unleashing its full force on the American economy. Not only had Lehman Brothers and AIG tanked, but the Great Recession was taking many U.S. financial institutions with it. The housing market had also crashed, leaving […]

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September 24, 2013

5 Years Later – A Housing Market on the Rebound

Cross posted from Zillow.com I will never forget the uncertainty that loomed over our nation five years ago, when a financial collapse on Wall Street spurred the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. At the time, I was serving as a commissioner in New York City. I vividly remember being in City Hall when […]

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September 18, 2013

After the Storm: HUD’s Role in the Colorado Disaster Relief Effort

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For generations, Colorado has been prized for its vivid and diverse landscape. The state encompasses most of the Southern Rocky Mountains and is world-renown for its skiing, hiking and numerous other opportunities for outdoor adventure. Yet in recent years, I’m afraid Colorado’s natural beauty has become synonymous with disaster and tragedy. The devastating fires of […]

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June 19, 2013

Housing Counseling Works!

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Navigating the world of housing choices isn’t easy.  Should I rent or buy? What can I really afford? Will I have to move away once I retire?  What does all this paperwork really mean?  How do I know I’m being treated fairly by my landlord? By my bank? These questions can be daunting – but […]

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