Suburban Pittsburgh

What is White Flight?

'White flight' refers to the exodus of white Americans from central cities to suburbs in the early and mid-20 century, a phenomenon which led to declining tax revenue and business closures that created lasting damage to urban neighborhoods.

October 14, 2021 - Diana Ionescu

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


'Seriously Delinquent' Mortgages Explode, But Don't Expect a Great Recession-Style Meltdown

More and more homeowners are falling behind on mortgage payments as the pandemic lingers, according to recent market data.

November 25, 2020 - The Orange County Register

Trailer Parks

Owners and Renters of Manufactured Homes Lack Assistance During the Pandemic

Millions of people who live in manufactured homes were already vulnerable. The pandemic has made their housing situations even more precarious.

August 28, 2020 - Urban Wire

Aerial views during an Army search and rescue mission show damage from Hurricane Sandy to the New Jersey coast, Oct. 30, 2012.

The 30-Year Mortgage Faces an Unprecedented Threat: Climate Change

The climate crisis will present more of an existential crisis to the traditional U.S. mortgage market than any previous financial crisis, according to some of the experts cited in the article.

June 23, 2020 - The New York Times

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Federal Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium Extended Until the End of August

Breaking news: a federal moratorium on evictions and foreclosures of single-family mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be extended until at least the end of August. The moratorium had been set to expire at the end of June.

June 17, 2020 - Federal Housing Finance Agency

Single-Family Homes

Owner-Renter Hybrid, a Viable Homeownership Alternative?

In the co-investing model, companies are part owners of homes. While this arrangement gives potential homebuyers more options, this isn’t a real solution to the country’s housing affordability crisis.

May 4, 2020 - The New York Times


Few Homeowners in Forbearance in April; Number Expected to Grow

The Mortgage Bankers Association surveyed the U.S. home mortgage servicing market for indications about how the nation's 26.9 million home loans were holding up during the first weeks of the pandemic.

April 15, 2020 - The Dallas Morning News

Home For Sale Signs

Housing Market Showing Signs of the Coronavirus Pandemic

A high-ranking federal official also issued a warning about the potential for the pandemic to affect mortgage borrowers.

April 6, 2020 - Marketwatch


The Crisis Within the Crisis: Homelessness and Housing Pushed to the Brink by COVID-19

Cities, states, and the federal government are trying to prevent a repeat of 2008 while still facing the challenges of inequality and poverty that grew out of the previous recession.

March 26, 2020 - James Brasuell

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