Real Estate

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  • Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac ending expansion into single-family rentals

    FHFA says single-family rental market can function without GSEs
    Over the last year or so, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac both expanded their presence in the single-family rental market, with both of the GSEs beginning to fund single-family rental investments for larger players in the market. But that expansion is about to end.
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  • HUD doubles down against discrimination practices

    Brings charges in Massachusetts, California, South Dakota
    The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development is doubling down on the charges it is bringing against housing companies for discrimination. This week, it brought charges against or settled with housing companies in Massachusetts, California and South Dakota.
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  • SEC going after brokers for peddling shares in $1.2 billion real estate Ponzi scheme

    Claims brokers were unlicensed while selling shares in Woodbridge companies
    The Securities and Exchange Commission is already pursuing charges against Robert Shapiro, the founder of the Woodbridge group of companies, for allegedly bilking thousands of investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars via a $1.2 billion real estate Ponzi scheme. And now, the regulator is going after brokers who sold shares in the collapsed group of companies.
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  • Thinking outside the box with mobile marketing

    What apps are homebuyers using?
    Mobile devices have forever changed the way that Americans make purchasing decisions and interact with their providers. According to the National Association of Realtors, 89% of new home shoppers use a mobile search engine at the onset and throughout their research and mobile communication is even more prominent among Millennial homebuyers. So why aren’t we using mobile technology in every capacity we can?
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  • NPR: Hospitals are joining the real estate business

    Highly concentrated levels of poverty and physical health are connected
    Affordability continues to plague the housing industry, leaving some of the nation’s poorest communities struggling just to make ends meet. This is especially true for residents living in “high-risk” communities where poverty usually partners with inadequate housing, violence and sickness, and it's driving hospitals to join the real estate business.
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  • Judge tosses civil rights groups’ suit against HUD over delaying Obama fair housing effort

    Groups challenged HUD’s changes to Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule
    A federal judge late last week dismissed a legal challenge from three civil groups over the Trump administration’s move to delay and change a controversial Obama-era fair housing rule. The groups hoped to have the rule reinstated. But that won't be happening now.
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  • Bloomberg: Trump taking shots at the Fed, again

    Trump publicly expresses displeasure with decision to increase interest rates
    President Donald Trump is back at it, taking shots at Federal Reserve Bank Chair Jerome Powell. Bloomberg reports that according to the three people present at a fundraising event in the Hamptons, Trump complained to wealthy Republican donors at a fundraiser in the Hamptons that Powell was raising interest rates.
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  • The top 5 easiest markets to save for a down payment

    For first-time homebuyers, these five metros are their best bet
    Saving for a down payment is a real drag these days thanks to soaring home prices and high interest rates. But, according to RealEstate.com, there are a handful of U.S. metros where it doesn’t suck quite as much as the rest. RealEstate.com’s analysis factors in median household income among Millennials and their estimated annual household savings to determine how long it would take to save for a 20% down payment on a starter home or a home priced in the bottom third of their markets.
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  • HUD launching push to get more landlords to accept housing vouchers

    HUD says studies show voucher acceptance is far too low
    It’s apparently far too difficult for low-income households to use the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s housing voucher program to gain access to affordable housing and HUD is planning to do something about it. HUD announced Monday that it is launching a push to get more landlords to accept housing vouchers, citing two studies that claim that the housing voucher program is not functioning as it should be.
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