America’s housing not ready for ever-expanding over-50 population

America’s housing not ready for ever-expanding over-50 population

Harvard/AARP Study: Housing lacks accessibility, affordability for older Boomers

The devil is in the mortgage finance reform details

On the bumpy road to a common securitization platform

Who is Nat Hardwick?

Former LandCastle Title CEO owns NASCAR team, rubs elbows with PGA pros
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Housing shouldn’t look at any color but the color of money

People with bad credit and bad habits should be squeezed out of housing
Trey Garrison
Minority borrowers are not being squeezed out of housing. People with bad credit and without down payments or the ability to repay are being squeezed out. And you know what? They should be.
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Are black and Hispanic buyers being squeezed out of the housing market?

Post-QM credit and down payment requirements drag on minority borrowers
Trey Garrison
Black and Hispanic Americans are less likely to apply for a mortgage than any other ethnic group, and it looks like QM and ability-to-repay rules are exacerbating the problem.
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Here are the most active states for mortgage fraud schemes

Loan mod scams, short sale bait-and-switches, and REO “sales”
Trey Garrison
One of the most active mortgage fraud schemes going in these states - and across the country - lures borrowers into paying big fees to a "specialist" for a quick loan modification. But the scams don't stop there.
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HUD-OIG: Richmond, California, fails to uphold housing program requirements

City should repay almost $1 million, OIG finds
Brena Swanson

“The rehabilitation of some properties suffered significant delays, while the rehabilitation of other properties had not been completed after more than three years.”


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Has the credit restriction pendulum swung too far?

BPC Summit: Balance has to be struck and right now it’s off kilter
Trey Garrison
Current rules and practices regarding credit boxes for both underserved and middle class borrowers have to be reformed, according to several of the leading voices speaking at the Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission’s regional forum.
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FHA pushes blueprint to help lenders lift credit overlays

BPC Summit: Forward plan to broaden the FHA credit box
Trey Garrison
The most important agenda for the FHA moving forward is a blueprint for lenders so that they have confidence and can remove some of their credit overlays and lend to a broader credit box for FHA loans, according to Galante.
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Multifamily housing starts soar while single-family permits remain flat

Starts and permits up but gains driven more by apartments, not homes
Trey Garrison
After plunging in June, housing starts and housing permits recovered in July, printing at 1,093,000 and 1,052,000, respectively. The bad news is that almost all of those gains from June to July are in multifamily rental housing.
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HUD starts housing hiring spree

Department plans to add 1,000 positions
Brena Swanson
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development plans to add 1,000 positions across the country, adding to its current number of 8,000 federal employees. The department has not hired since sequestration began in March 2013.
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HUD fines Freedom Mortgage over discrimination claims

Lender forced disabled applicants to provide proof of disability income
Ben Lane
In one case, a loan applicant provided medical documentation of his disability, a Department of Labor Work Capacity Evaluation form, and a benefits statement showing regular disability payments since 2009. Nonetheless, Freedom Mortgage allegedly continued to request proof that the income would continue for at least three years.
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Julián Castro sworn in, spends first day as HUD Secretary

Former San Antonio mayor takes over for Shaun Donovan
Ben Lane
"Julián has lived the American Dream in his own life, and I’m confident he will help Americans across our country seize their own piece of that dream for themselves and their children," President Barack Obama said when Castro was confirmed by the Senate earlier this month.
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