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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May 13, 2014

A Blueprint for Access to Credit for American Families

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Many families look forward to the day they can establish deep roots in a community by buying their own home and taking advantage of all the opportunities that brings.  But, for too many American families the thought of owning a home is dream that never becomes a reality. Today, it’s tough for anyone with less […]

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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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July 15, 2013

#Housing101: What is a mortgage?

My parents always tell me that the biggest purchase they made in their lives was buying our house. For a long time, I thought that my parents were simply talking about their utilities bills and maintenance fees, when they were actually talking about their mortgage. I knew that a mortgage was one of the many […]

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