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Melvin Watt, Federal Housing Finance Agency chief.  Photo: Isaac Brekken for The New York Times

Federal Housing Finance Agency Unveils Plan to Loosen Rules on Mortgages
The New York Times
October 24, 2014

For years, politicians, housing advocates and potential home buyers have complained that tight credit policies after the housing market crash have kept too many deserving people from qualifying for mortgages.  Now the government is taking steps that it says it hopes will allow more first-time buyers and lower- and middle-income Americans to get home loans at low rates.  On Monday, Melvin L. Watt, the nation’s chief housing regulator, announced a program offering more reassurances to mortgage banks that fear they could suffer unpredictable losses on the loans they sell to the government.  More... 

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Denver, Colorado skyline


Denver Announces Five-Year Action Plan to Deliver Affordable Housing Opportunities 
Denver Office of Economic Development
October 16, 2014

Housing Denver – the first such plan for the city in 15 years – is a call to action to all community partners to further bolster housing affordability at all income levels from homeless to low-, moderate- and median-income households. The ambitious plan was created through a two-year process of dialogue and outreach and will provide a guide for Denver’s housing policies and programs through 2019.  “Access to safe, decent, affordable housing has never been more important in Denver. While the city’s population growth has spiked, our housing stock is simply not keeping pace with the community’s needs,” Mayor Hancock said.  More... 

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HUD Data Sets
FY2015 Fair Market Rents Announced
HUD User
October 15, 2014

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released the fiscal year (FY) 2015 Fair Market Rents (FMRs).  The FMRs are gross rent estimates which establish payment amounts for the Housing Choice Voucher program, initial renewal rents for Section 8 and Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy program contracts and HOME rental assistance rent maximums.  More… 

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Photo:  Zombie Foreclosures,

Zombie Foreclosures Are Haunting Towns Across the United States
Main Street
October 14, 2014

One in five homes in the foreclosure process are zombies, according to RealtyTrac which says that Florida leads the list with maybe 55,000 homes that are abandoned by their owners and in a legal limbo.  Illinois, New York, New Jersey and Ohio also have plenty.  It’s a problem that - despite an economic recovery in much of the nation - is not going away. In fact in 14 states, per RealtyTrac, foreclosures are up year on year and wherever there are foreclosures there are zombies.  More...  

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