July 3, 2012

Putting the Fire Out

If a fire started in your home, wouldn’t you hope your local fire department would do everything it could to put those flames out?  Imagine suggesting that that better approach might be to allow the fire to burn itself out.  Now imagine if that same do-nothing approach were to be applied to our nation’s housing […]

June 28, 2012

Daily Housing News Round-Up

The Atlantic runs, how the feds are building more sustainable cities. “President Barack Obama has said expanding HARP will make cheaper credit available to more homeowners with mortgage rates near record lows,” Bloomberg. USA Today prints, thirty-year mortgage rate stays at record low 3.66%. The Boston Globe commends Somerville woman for work with the homeless. […]

June 20, 2012

HUD Secretary Donovan in South Florida: Homeowners Need More Help

Last Friday, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan joined U.S. Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (FL-23) to host a refinance roundtable discussion centered on President Obama’s recently announced proposal to help responsible homeowners who have been underwater on their mortgage take advantage of refinancing at historically low interest rates. In May, President Obama asked […]

March 27, 2012

Save Energy, Save Money, Fight Homelessness

When you think of homelessness and energy efficiency – you might not see how the two are connected, but when assessing your own expenses – you will see that your utility bill is one of your priciest expenses. Energy costs in some parts of the country are leading to evictions due to utility cut-offs. This expense […]

February 9, 2012

A Historic Agreement to Right Wrongs

American families are all too familiar with the story: just when they thought they had achieved the dream of owning their own home, abuses in the financial and mortgage sector came back to haunt them and sent them spiralling into foreclosure – often through no fault of their own. Countless other families are still struggling […]