Stahl House Los Angeles

Million-Dollar Homes Becoming Standard Fare Across Los Angeles

As households with means seek to escape crowded apartment buildings and take advantage of historically low mortgage rates, average home prices of over $1 million are proliferating across the LA region.

October 6, 2021 - Los Angeles Times

Harvey Floods Houston

NPR: HUD Sells Flood-Prone Homes Without Disclosing Risks

The troubling trend is particularly pronounced in lower-income communities, where experts worry households are being inadvertently set up for big financial losses.

September 28, 2021 - NPR

HOLC map from 1937

New Research Reexamines HOLC's Role in Redlining

New Deal agencies did engage in discriminatory lending practices–but not quite in the way we think.

September 28, 2021 - Governing

Houston Townhouse

Racial Bias Still Rampant in the Mortgage Industry

New research that controls for financial factors the industry said would explain disparities shows that race still plays a major role in loan decisions.

September 13, 2021 - The Markup

Coronavirus Social Distancing

Homeownership an Uphill Battle for Black New Yorkers

Black home buyers face an array of challenges when trying to buy homes, leading to a widening gap between Black and white homeowners.

September 2, 2021 - New York Times

San Francisco Houses

White-Hot Real Estate Market Starting to Cool

The housing frenzy brought on by the pandemic is easing up, with slower growth of median home prices and fewer offers.

August 20, 2021 - New York Times

Denver Skyline

How One Community Land Trust Delivers Housing Affordability to Denver

The Elevation Community Land Trust's unusual ownership structure and strong initial fundraising have given it a solid footing in the Denver area.

August 18, 2021 - Next City

Condos Smart Growth

U.S. Condos Face a 'Midlife Crisis'

An overlooked but important part of American housing stock, many condominium complexes are facing the consequences of decades of deferred maintenance as their buildings and infrastructure reach a critical age.

August 17, 2021 - Greater Greater Washington

Portland Mobile Homes

Manufactured Home Residents Face Heightened Hurricane Risks

The unique construction and ownership structure of so-called 'mobile' homes put their residents at increased risk of property damage, financial loss, and death during extreme weather events.

July 25, 2021 - Atmos

Suburban Tract Homes

Report: 'Housing as a Commodity' Increases Residential Segregation

The growth of institutionalized housing has led to growing inequality between Black and white homeownership rates in the Twin Cities, new research shows.

July 12, 2021 - Minneapolis Post

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