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Critics Say HUD Bid to Restrict Down Payment Programs Skirts Law

WASHINGTON — Two nonprofits that provide down payment assistance on a national scale are not backing down in the face of a new federal policy that they say could drive them out of business.

Freddie Mac Rolls Manufactured Housing Pilot Out to the Full Market

Freddie Mac is now offering to buy a new form of manufactured housing loan with terms similar to that of conventional mortgages from all eligible lenders, following a test run last year.

Aging Millennials Projected to Drive Up US Housing Prices

Becoming a homeowner is likely to get more costly and competitive over the next decade as millions more Americans enter the age range where people typically seek to buy their first home.

Should cities subsidize housing for a family making $141,000?

From coast to coast, booming American cities and suburbs are looking for ways to preserve homes for an increasingly cash-strapped middle class.

Debunking the Myth That Small-Dollar Mortgages are Riskier

The difficulty of obtaining mortgages for low-cost homes has made homeownership even harder at the most affordable end of the spectrum. Only one in four homes purchased for $70,000 or less in 2015...

Trump’s Housing Agency Cracks Down on Zero-Down Home Loans

The Trump Administration is cracking down on national affordable housing programs because of concern over growing risk to the government’s almost $1.3 trillion portfolio of federally insured...

Democrats Court a New Voting Bloc: People Who Don’t Own Homes

Renters hold little sway in Washington. They vote at lower rates than homeowners. They’re generally represented in Congress by homeowners. They have no deep-pocketed lobbyists. And their...

Trump-Appointed Official Promises Full Push to Overhaul Plumbing of Mortgage Market

WASHINGTON — The newly installed overseer of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is planning a new push to overhaul the housing-finance companies, aiming to solve the last major quandary from the...

White House and HUD Publish Opportunity Zone Implementation Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council (“Council”) today published its Implementation Plan, outlining to President Donald J. Trump a detailed work plan for...

Treasury Issues Second Set of Highly Anticipated Opportunity Zones Guidance

Washington – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today issued its second set of proposed regulations related to the new Opportunity Zones tax incentive. The tax benefit, created by the 2017 Tax...