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  • How high can China’s population possibly go? Ambitious urban plan to house 3.4 billion people [tr]

    07/18/2016 7:46:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | July 15, 2016 | Zhuang Pinghui
    Ambitious expansion plans by small and medium towns across China have lead to the creation of more than 3,500 “new areas” for residential and economic use raising fears many are destined to become ghost towns. The combined projected population of these new areas is an “impossible” 3.4 billion people – 2.5 times the current number of people in the country, experts say. The world’s population today stands at 7.3 billion, according to the US Census Bureau.
  • The Fire Sprinkler War

    07/13/2016 11:56:44 PM PDT · by Don W · 50 replies
    propublica.org ^ | June 22, 2016 | Robert Faturechi
    FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS, states have quickly adopted most building safety features blessed by the Washington-based nonprofit that recommends minimum codes for the nation. But that’s not what happened after the International Code Council decided in 2008 that every new American home should have fire sprinklers. Fire Fight Far outside DC, there’s a campaign finance fight taking place over fire safety. And it’s putting families at risk. Instead, a review by ProPublica shows, U.S. homebuilders and realtors unleashed an unprecedented campaign to fend off the change, which they argued would not improve safety enough to justify the added cost....
  • Pending Home Sales Sink 3.7%, Last Month Revised Way Lower, GDP Will Follow

    07/01/2016 5:59:25 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Mish Talk ^ | 29 June 2016 | Mike “Mish” Shedlock
    Pending home sales dove 3.7%, well below the Bloomberg Econoday consensus estimate of -1%, and even below the bottom estimate of -2.4% The bad details continue, as last month’s huge rise of 5.1% was lowered to 3.9%. “Highlights Existing home sales have been trending higher but today’s pending home sales index, which tracks contract signings, may be pointing to slowing for the early part of the summer. The index fell a steep 3.7 percent in the May report to nearly reverse a downward revised 3.9 percent jump in April. Year-on-year, the pending sales index is down 0.2 percent which hints...
  • Obama Feasts on Ignorance to Devour Property Rights

    06/27/2016 7:37:34 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/27/16 | John Anthony
    If freedom holds any value, we must educate our neighbors to the link between property and human rights, and the dangers of a government that can peel off either on a whim President Obama is successfully executing the most dangerous seizure of individual choice in our history because Americans are growing blind to the bond between property rights and human rights. While farm owners surrender their land development rights to governments, federal agencies relocate affordable housing next to million dollar homes, and declare entire neighborhoods discriminatory.
  • Countrywide Mortgage Devastation Lingers as Ex-Chief Moves On

    06/25/2016 12:17:28 PM PDT · by Reverend Wright · 15 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 24, 2016 | Gretchen Mogensen
    Angelo Mozilo can finally get on with his life. This month the Justice Department told Mr. Mozilo, the former chief executive of Countrywide Financial, once the nation’s largest subprime mortgage lender, that he was no longer under investigation in connection with civil mortgage fraud. The government’s criminal inquiry into Mr. Mozilo’s role in the financial crisis was dropped previously, so he is now in the clear. At least that’s the view from Washington. On Main Street, where the pain of Countrywide’s reckless lending and abusive foreclosure practices still throbs, it’s safe to say that Mr. Mozilo is still identified as...
  • California's skyrocketing housing costs, taxes prompt exodus of residents

    06/23/2016 3:53:15 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 58 replies
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | June 20, 2016 | George Avalos
    During the 12 months ending June 30, the number of people leaving California for another state exceeded by 61,100 the number who moved here from elsewhere in the U.S., according to state Finance Department statistics. The so-called "net outward migration" was the largest since 2011, when 63,300 more people fled California than entered. "The main factors are housing costs in many parts of the state, including coastal regions of California such as the Bay Area," said Dan Hamilton, director of economics with the Economic Forecasting Center at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. "California has seen negative outward migration to...
  • Portland Votes on Foreclosures for First Time in 50 Years

    06/18/2016 5:04:42 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | 15 June 2016 | gillian flaccus
    The Portland City Council voted Wednesday to move forward with a plan to foreclose on so-called "zombie homes" for the first time in 50 years as the city grapples with a swelling population and skyrocketing home costs that are locking new homeowners out of the market. Commissioners and the mayor voted 4-0 in favor of the plan, with one member absent. The vote targets five of the city's worst abandoned properties, the first part of a long-term plan to free up housing in an overheated market while clearing out squatters who have plagued developing neighborhoods outside the city's hip core...
  • Why there’s a new kind of housing crisis

    06/17/2016 11:42:06 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 23 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 16 June 2016 | Andrea Riquier
    Nearly one-third of survey respondents said they’d had to scramble to cover a mortgage or rent payment in the past few years __ A vast majority of respondents – 81% - said housing affordability is a problem, and one-third said they or someone they know has been evicted, foreclosed on, or lost their housing in the past five years. Over half the respondents, 53%, said they’d had to make sacrifices over the past three years to be able to pay their mortgage or rent. Yet most respondents believe the housing problem is solvable, and want policymakers to address it. Nearly...
  • Remembering the Forsaken A Review of the book The Forsaken An American Tragedy In Stalin’s Russia

    04/22/2010 10:09:29 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies · 297+ views
    Tradition Family and Property ^ | Francis Slobodnik | Tuesday, 12 January 2010
    Remembering the Forsaken Written by Francis Slobodnik    Tuesday, 12 January 2010 18:51   A Review of the book The Forsaken, An American Tragedy In Stalin’s Russia by Tim Tzouliadis     In times of social and political turmoil, it is not uncommon for men to grasp for what appear to be easy solutions. Oftentimes, these impulsive decisions can have disastrous consequences. There is nothing meritorious about change in and of itself. The virtuous person prayerfully reasons through the options before making decisions. Men with little virtue grab desperately for anything that, on the surface, appears will improve their...
  • The Tudor Plain [Trump's developer father]

    06/04/2016 12:17:17 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 18 replies
    Urban Omnibus ^ | 01 June 2016 | Thomas J. Campanella
    Showboating is something we expect from Donald Trump, but his father Fred was no shrinking violet himself. He even used a real boat to advertise his goods — a 65-foot cabin cruiser bearing hoardings with TRUMP HOMES spelled in ten-foot-tall letters. Trump’s houses were cozy, well made, and — more than anything — affordable even to working-class families. He reduced construction costs by using the same economies of scale that made the Model T automobile so inexpensive. Known in the industry as “the Henry Ford of housing,” he applied techniques of mass production to home construction a full decade before...
  • Meet the Man Who Saves Futures

    05/31/2016 8:37:04 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/31/16 | John Anthony
    County Executive for Westchester County NY, Rob Astorino If information is power, Rob Astorino has enough to shatter the administration’s media halo and send HUD officials slithering behind their stacks of regulations. Astorino is the County Executive for Westchester County, NY, an upscale community north of NYC that is home to Andrew Cuomo, George Soros, Hillary and Bill Clinton to name a few. In the name of fair housing, HUD is now implementing the most abusive, property-rights-grabbing, local-rule-neutering regulation since our Founders cast off monarchical handouts for natural rights
  • Seattle's homeless crisis episode 8: Aloha and good riddance to Share and Wheel

    05/30/2016 5:58:23 PM PDT · by mainestategop
    Mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball
    On highway 99 north of Seattle past Denny Way and the space needle is what was once an abandoned hotel that was later taken over by homeless people and made into a community living center and halfway home for the homeless. It is run by the homeless and formerly homeless and is a shining beacon of what personal responsibility, initiative and Christian love can accomplish. Aloha was originally started by SHARE with help from Catholic charities and the archdiocese of Seattle in 1990. At the time, SHARE was in its infancy when share was made up of sturdy yet responsible...
  • The last time there were this many unsold $100M+ homes on the market, the world economy imploded

    05/30/2016 6:18:16 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 48 replies
    boing boing.net ^ | 5/30/16 | Cory Doctorow
    Depending on how much credence you give to "whisper listings," there are between 27 and 50 $100,000,000+ houses on the market; last year, only two houses in that bracket sold worldwide. The glut of super-duper-ultra-luxury houses on the market worries economy-watchers, who view the oversupply as a bellwether for a housing crash -- the last glut (which wasn't nearly as pronounced as the current one) was in 2007/8.
  • Are the Clintons the Real Housing Crash Villains?

    05/29/2016 7:41:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 29, 2016 | Larry Kudlow
    Editor's note: This column was co-authored by Stephen Moore. We are going to reveal the grand secret to getting rich by investing. It's a simple formula that has worked for Warren Buffett, Carl Icahn and all the greatest investment gurus over the years. Ready? Buy low, sell high. It turns out that Donald Trump has been very, very good at buying low and selling high, and it helps account for his amazing business success. But now Hillary Clinton seems to think it's a crime. Campaigning in California last week she wailed that Trump “actually said he was hoping for the...
  • (Look at Republican) Support (for) Obama’s War on Suburbs

    05/27/2016 7:37:48 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 28 replies
    CR Conservative Review ^ | 5/19/2016 | CR Staff
    Vote Description This vote was a procedural vote to kill an amendment offered by Senator Lee that would have defunded implementation of a Department of Housing and Urban Development rule that basically federalizes zoning laws and encourages the forced economic diversification of neighborhoods. Rhetorically speaking this rule is a war on the suburbs as it uses the power of federal government to centrally plan out neighborhoods. The rule is a massive power grab by progressive bureaucrats to allow them to conduct large scale social experiments with real neighborhoods by forcing the collection of data that will be used to evaluate...
  • Gov. Jerry Brown's sledgehammer fix to California's housing crisis

    05/27/2016 8:40:53 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 24 replies
    Gov. Jerry Brown’s solution to California’s affordable housing crisis is to build, build, build, and not let local politics get in the way. Earlier this month, the governor introduced a bill under which proposed urban housing developments that meet local zoning requirements and reserve some portion of their units for low-income residents would be exempted from any additional environmental or local government review. The governor’s theory is that neighborhood opponents and other parochial interests have consistently blocked or downsized badly needed development projects, leading to a housing crisis in which California's major cities are increasingly unaffordable for most of its...
  • Illegal Immigrants Sue After Landlord Demands Documentation For Housing

    05/24/2016 7:16:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 24, 2016 | Steve Birr
    Four Latino families filed papers to sue their Virginia landlord Monday after he threatened eviction due to illegal family members living on the premises. The civil rights lawsuit filed by families living in Waples Mobile Home Park in Fairfax County, Va., claims it is discriminatory to require a social security number for residency. The landlords at the mobile home park are requiring residents to provide either a social security card, passport or valid visa with documentation to renew their leases, reports The Washington Post. The lawyers representing the families, from the Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC) and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart...
  • Hypocritical Elizabeth Warren Turned Profit Flipping Foreclosed Houses

    05/24/2016 6:31:17 PM PDT · by blueyon · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 2, 2012 | John Sexton
    When she’s not looking out for the little guy being taken advantageof by predatory lenders, Elizabeth Warren is making high-interest, short-term loans to family members and flipping homes for a profit. That’sthe revelation in a story published today by the Boston Herald,which identifies nine instances when Warren made a quick profit eitherbuying and reselling homes or loaning money to family members to fliphomes in the late 90s. For instance, in 1993 Warren purchased a foreclosed home in OklahomaCity for $61,000. She resold the home 18 months later for $95,000. In several more cases, Warren provided loans so that her brother...
  • They’re Coming For Your Home

    05/23/2016 5:03:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 75 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 23, 2016 | Katie Kieffer
    They’re coming for your home. Right now. I suggest you save it. I can guide you, but you must do exactly as I say. Except, this isn’t The Matrix. You’re no actor, like Keanu Reeves, playing a distraught programmer-hacker named “Neo.” Nor am I an actor, like Laurence Fishburne, playing your guide “Morpheus.” This is real life, baby. Your home or apartment—and the neighborhood in which you live—is under siege. “Agents”—sans black glasses and black business suits—who work for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have written a new regulation called “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” (AFFH) that...
  • Treasury Must Not Forget That With Lending, Ignorance Isn't Bliss

    05/23/2016 4:32:18 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 4 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | May 23, 2016 | Brian Knight
    The use of technology to better assess a potential borrower's risk profile and score borrowers who previously could not be scored-or were scored inaccurately-is one of the most exciting elements of marketplace lending. That is, of course, unless you are the U.S. Treasury Department, which according to its recently released report on marketplace lending worries that technology will make loan underwriting too good. That isn't a typo; the Treasury is worried that better underwriting may be "unfair" because it can disadvantage borrowers who are currently mischaracterized as low risk by making them pay higher (that is to say, correct) rates....
  • SENATE REPUBLICANS BLOCK LEE AMENDMENT, PRESERVE AFFH (Obama's Plan to Ghettoize Your Neighborhood)

    05/20/2016 9:28:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 141 replies
    PowerLine ^ | May 20, 2016 | Paul Mirengoff
    The Lee Amendment to defund President Obama’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation failed in the Senate yesterday because not enough Republicans backed it. The Amendment was tabled by a vote of 60-37. Jeremy Carl aptly describes this vote as a defeat for conservatism, community control, and common sense. It is a victory, as Carl says, for turning the federal government into a National Zoning board, forcing high density housing on unwilling cities and towns, and letting bureaucrats decide the racial, ethnic and income balance of local communities.
  • Will Gov’t Regulation Kill The Housing Market — Again?

    05/20/2016 4:55:40 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 10 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 5/19/2016 | Editorial
    Housing: Seemingly everyone applauds the recent surge in home prices as a positive sign for the economy. But, in fact, it isn’t. If anything, it’s a sign the federal government still hasn’t learned its lesson about excessive regulation. While prices for homes have surged in recent years, they’ve done so thanks mainly to federal regulations put in place after the financial crisis. Low interest rates engineered by the Fed to stimulate the economy have fueled a surge in demand, driving prices up sharply. And federal regulations continue to require mortgage lenders to make risky home loans based on race and...
  • Manning on HUD local zoning takeover w/ Mark Steyn

    05/18/2016 10:19:05 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 6 replies
    Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning appeared on the Rush Limbaugh Show with guest host Mark Steyn at 2:30PM EST to discuss the imminent Senate vote on an amendment by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), S.3897, to the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) appropriations bill that will prohibit implementation of the HUD regulation “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” (AFFH) that conditions $3 billion of yearly community development block grants on 1,200 recipient cities and counties rezoning neighborhoods along income and racial guidelines.
  • New Zealand housing crisis forces hundreds to live in tents and garages

    05/17/2016 6:00:53 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 25 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 16 May 2016 | Eleanor Ainge Roy
    <p>Property prices in Auckland have increased by nearly 80% in five years, leaving some families unable to buy or rent ___ Hundreds of families in Auckland are living in cars, garages and even a shipping container as a housing crisis fuelled by rising property prices forces low-income workers out of private rental accommodation.</p>
  • Governments terrified of popping foreign-buyer housing bubble

    05/17/2016 5:53:46 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    CBC News [Canada] ^ | 16 May 2016 | Don Pittis
    There's a bidding war for government action on Canada's soaring housing market, but as fingers point to foreign buyers as a reason for escalating prices, governments at all three levels are not yet motivated to cool the market down. Young Canadians complain home ownership is increasingly beyond their reach. Governments fear rules to put a lid on stratospheric prices — expected to show another strong increase in today's real estate data for April — could have an an economic impact far beyond the first-time buyer market. The difficulty governments face is that while Canadian manufacturing and exports fall, while oil...
  • The odds of landing affordable housing in NYC are 1,000 to 1

    05/16/2016 4:38:45 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 12 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 12, 2016 | Yoav Gonen
    The odds of landing an affordable apartment through the city’s Housing Connect website have gotten so long, they’re now at about 1,000 to 1, officials said Wednesday. Housing Commissioner Vicki Been testified at a City Council budget hearing that 2,628 affordable apartments have become available online so far this year — drawing 2.54 million applications. -snip The number of applications represents a dramatic increase from fiscal 2013, when some 364,000 applications were submitted for just over 2,300 units.
  • ANZ, Westpac hit by hundreds of Chinese home loan frauds

    05/09/2016 11:11:27 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 10 replies
    AFR ^ | 05.09.2016 | Christopher Joye
    ANZ Banking Group and Westpac Banking Corp have discovered they have each approved "hundreds" of home loans backed by fraudulent Chinese income documents, which were allegedly manufactured with the help of dodgy mortgage brokers.
  • Britain braced for a ban on second homes: (trunc)

    05/08/2016 2:41:37 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 88 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 07 May 2016 | Victoria Finan and Lucy Crossley
    Councils across the UK are set to consider banning people who already own homes from buying holiday cottages after a historic vote yesterday. More than 80 per cent of voters in St Ives, Cornwall, backed proposals that will mean new housing developments will only get planning permission if homes there are reserved for full-time residents. And now councils in the Lake District, Derbyshire Dales, north Devon and the Isle of Wight are all looking at schemes to prevent outsiders buying holiday homes. But ministers are poised to oppose the ban, saying it could be regarded as unfair and discriminatory. Tory...
  • Obama’s last act is to force suburbs to be less white and less wealthy

    05/08/2016 9:49:48 AM PDT · by detective · 101 replies
    Hillary’s rumored running mate, Housing Secretary Julian Castro, is cooking up a scheme to reallocate funding for Section 8 housing to punish suburbs for being too white and too wealthy. The scheme involves super-sizing vouchers to help urban poor afford higher rents in pricey areas, such as Westchester County, while assigning them government real-estate agents called “mobility counselors” to secure housing in the exurbs. Castro plans to launch the Section 8 reboot this fall, even though a similar program tested a few years ago in Dallas has been blamed for shifting violent crime to affluent neighborhoods. It’s all part of...
  • Saudi Arabia looks to UK, France and China for help building homes

    05/02/2016 2:42:10 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 6 replies
    reuters ^ | 5/2/16
    Saudi Arabia's government has authorized the housing ministry to seek the assistance of Britain, France and China in building hundreds of thousands of homes to ease a shortage of affordable housing in the kingdom. The housing minister and his deputy were given the power to sign memorandums of understanding with those countries, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday. It gave no details of what the agreements might contain, but in March the ministry signed memorandums with South Korea and a Saudi-South Korean consortium to develop 100,000 housing units in northern Riyadh over 10 years. The consortium includes Daewoo...
  • Obscure Delaware Program Is A Public Housing Miracle

    05/01/2016 2:30:02 PM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 04/29/2016 | Kathryn Watson
    More than 850 families have transitioned out of public housing in Delaware since the state began limiting the length of time residents are eligible to receive housing subsidies, and hundreds more have become homeowners. “Before we started Moving to Work, we had people who were on their third or fourth generation of the same family who were at the same site,” Rebecca Kauffman, social service senior administrator at the Delaware Housing Authority’s Moving to Work program, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. -------------------------------- The contrast with the rest of the federal public housing program is vivid. The average resident currently...
  • Reclaiming “Redneck” Urbanism: What Urban Planners Can Learn From Trailer Parks

    04/30/2016 11:56:20 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 85 replies
    Market Urbanism ^ | 21 April 2016 | Nolan Gray
    Given that “redneck” and “hillbilly” remain the last acceptable stereotypes among polite society, it isn’t surprising that the stereotypical urban home of poor, recently rural whites remains an object of scorn. The mere mention of a trailer park conjures images of criminals in wifebeaters, moldy mattresses thrown awry, and Confederate flags. As with most social phenomena, there is a much more interesting reality behind this crass cliché. Trailer parks remain one of the last forms of housing in US cities provided by the market explicitly for low-income residents. Better still, they offer a working example of traditional urban design elements...
  • Housing Starts Plunge 8.8%, Permits Plunge 7.7%; Bloomberg Cites “Fundamental Strength

    04/20/2016 1:48:09 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    Mish Talk ^ | 17 April 2016
    Those expecting a strong Spring start to housing (and you know who you are), were miles off their forecast. Both starts and permits were down steep percentages, both below the bottom ranges of economists’ estimates. The Bloomberg Econoday consensus estimate for housing starts was 1.167 million homes SAAR (seasonally adjusted annualized) in a range of 1.120 million to 1.195 million. The Bloomberg Econoday consensus estimate for housing permits was 1.200 million SAAR (seasonally adjusted annualized) in a range of 1.175 million to 1.231 million. Permits came in at 1.086 million. Starts came in at 1.089 million. Fundamental Strength Inquiring minds...
  • Miami real estate is melting down

    04/18/2016 6:07:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    CNBC ^ | 14 Apr 2016 | Robert Frank
    The Miami real estate slowdown is becoming a meltdown — with the most expensive areas getting hit hardest. The number of sales and prices in posh Miami Beach — home to many of the city's most expensive and highest-profile properties — fell during the first quarter, according to a new report. Meanwhile, inventory soared by roughly a third compared with the prior-year quarter. The report, released Thursday by Douglas Elliman and Miller Samuel Real Estate Appraisers & Consultants, found the average sale price in Miami Beach and the nearby Barrier Islands fell 7.5 percent year over year to $905,252. The...
  • 3D Printing Houses from Concrete

    04/15/2016 4:39:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Hackaday ^ | April 15, 2016 | James Hobson
    We’ve seen 3D-printed houses before, but most make use of prefabricated chunks. This hurricane and tornado resistant hotel suite in the Philippines was printed in one shot. Sound familiar? This is the work of [Andrey Rudenko], who started by building a concrete 3D printer in his garage 2 years ago, moved on to 3D printing his kids a concrete castle in his backyard later that year and now appears to have a full-blown company offering commercial 3D printed houses. Way to go [Andrey]! The building was designed in Sketchup no less, and the printer makes use of Pronterface for the...
  • HUD Secretary Julian Castro targeted by liberal groups

    04/13/2016 1:10:40 PM PDT · by Marcus · 7 replies
    Blasting News ^ | April 13, 2016 | Mark R. Whittington
    By every calculation, Julian Castro would be the ideal running mate for Hillary Clinton should she avoid criminal prosecution and gain the Democratic nomination. He is young, Hispanic, a former mayor of San Antonio, smack dab in the great red state of Texas, and the current Secretary of HUD in the Obama administration. He would serve as a counterweight to Ted Cruz, should he become the Republican nominee, and would appeal to Hispanics, a fast growing demographic that both parties are wooing. However, a number of liberal progressive groups are moving to block Castro as unacceptable for a Democratic national...
  • How the Federal Government Plans to Stop the 'Worst-Case' Housing Crisis

    04/12/2016 3:27:10 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    City Lab ^ | 04 February 2016 | Kriston Capps
    The National Housing Trust Fund will give housing assistance to the very poorest households in the nation ___ The federal government debuted a program on Monday to provide housing for the very poorest residents in America. The National Housing Trust Fund is a new affordable-housing program, one that creates permanently affordable housing for extremely low-income households. Julián Castro, Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, announced that $174 million in allocations for the National Housing Trust Fund would be available soon. He and other officials from HUD, along with other housing policy officials, broke down the details...
  • This House Costs Just $20,000—But It’s Nicer Than Yours

    For over a decade, architecture students at Rural Studio, Auburn University's design-build program in a tiny town in West Alabama, have worked on a nearly impossible problem. How do you design a home that someone living below the poverty line can afford, but that anyone would want—while also providing a living wage for the local construction team that builds it? In January, after years of building prototypes, the team finished their first pilot project in the real world. Partnering with a commercial developer outside Atlanta, in a tiny community called Serenbe, they built two one-bedroom houses, with materials that cost...
  • All the crazy things happening because of San Francisco's ridiculous housing prices

    04/11/2016 8:37:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/11/2016 | Eugene Kim
    The cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area is insanely high.The housing crisis has caused all kinds of problems, but some people are getting creative to survive it.From wooden pods to trailer trucks, check out all the crazy things people are doing to survive the area's ridiculous housing prices. According to real-estate marketplace Zumper, San Francisco is the most expensive rental market in the US, with the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment going for $3,590. This housing flyer will give you a better idea of how crazy rental prices are. Take Brandon, a 23-year-old Google engineer who...
  • If You Don't Rent to Criminals, Are You a Racist?

    04/11/2016 5:32:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 10, 2016 | Jeff Jacoby
    You're a private landlord, renting apartments in a building you bought with your savings from years of hard work and modest living. You take pride in maintaining your property, keeping it clean, comfortable, and attractive. You charge a fair rent and treat your tenants with courtesy and respect. Your tenants, in turn, appreciate the care you put into the building. And they trust you to screen prospective tenants wisely, accepting only residents who won't jeopardize the building's safe and neighborly character. That's why you only consider applications from individuals who are employed or in school, whose credit scores are strong,...
  • Team Obama is setting us up for another housing-market collapse

    04/10/2016 7:04:57 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | 9 Apr, 2016 | Post Editorial Board
    The Obama administration is doing its best to give the nation another mortgage meltdown. As Paul Sperry recently noted in The Post, Team Obama has pushed mortgage lenders to offer home loans to folks with shaky credit, setting up conditions for another housing-market collapse. Wasn’t the last one bad enough? Credit scores of approved borrowers, for example, have been trending down, even as their debt levels have grown. The Federal Housing Administration and government-sponsored “independent” lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been demanding lower credit standards — just as the feds did starting under President Bill Clinton, in pursuit...
  • Rent to a Felon -- Or Else

    04/08/2016 6:10:29 PM PDT · by kevcol · 41 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 8, 2016 | Henry Percy
    The U.S. Department of Housing has just determined that refusing to rent to a convicted felon may be a violation of the Fair Housing Act, and National Public Radio seems to approve. Felons are not a protected class (yet) under the Fair Housing Act, but since the American justice system disproportionately affects persons of color, it's racist to deny felons housing. Note that HUD says may violate the act. That means, all you have to do as a landlord is ignore HUD and then battle it out in court. Feeling lucky? Roll the dice: 40% of the federal judiciary has...
  • A Tragic Night

    04/07/2016 8:20:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2016 | Emmett Tyrrell
    At 9:30 p.m. the other night, I was presented with a tragic lesson regarding one of our country's pig-headed policy errors, devised ever so quietly by President Barack Obama in league with progressives all over the country. Most Americans are unaware of this policy -- they never voted for it; they never debated it. The progressives are just imposing it on us through stealth. This is the Democrats' latest advance in democratic process. The other night, I had retired early after a long day of writing when suddenly my wife shook me. She asked me with some urgency if I'd...
  • Obama: Landlords Are Racists if They Exclude Felons from Housing

    04/07/2016 10:17:27 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4-5-2016 | Warner Todd Huston
    President Barack Obama’s administration showed Tuesday that he wants to pressure landlords to ignore the criminal records of would-be renters. One inevitable result is that many law-abiding renters — including many African-Americans — will be forced to unknowingly live alongside felons they wish to avoid. According to Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the “disparate impact” theory of racism says landlords are racists if they have a color-blind practice of excluding all felons from their buildings. That color-bind practice is racist, say progressives, because it has a greater impact on African-Americans than on whites. It has a greater...
  • Rent To Criminals—Or Else

    04/07/2016 8:01:19 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/07/16 | Matthew Vadum
    Obama's threat to the nation's housing providers Welcome murderers, rapists, and thieves as your tenants or you will face huge monetary penalties, the Obama administration said in a new threat aimed at the nation’s landlords. Among convicted criminals, only drug dealers and drug manufacturers will be excluded from special protection as tenants under the administration’s novel interpretation of housing law.
  • Rent To Criminals -- Or Else: Obama's threat to the nation's housing providers.

    04/07/2016 7:23:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/07/2016 | Matthew Vadum
    Welcome murderers, rapists, and thieves as your tenants or you will face huge monetary penalties, the Obama administration said in a new threat aimed at the nation's landlords. Among convicted criminals, only drug dealers and drug manufacturers will be excluded from special protection as tenants under the administration's novel interpretation of housing law. “The fact that you were arrested shouldn’t keep you from getting a job and it shouldn’t keep you from renting a home,” Obama's far-left Housing and Urban Development Secretary, Julian Castro, told the annual meeting of the National Low Income Housing Coalition this week.  This is...
  • Obama Wants to Force Landlords to Rent to Criminals --

    04/05/2016 12:23:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: One more thing about Obama. I had this at the bottom of The Stack today, but since Obama has gone and intruded on this program and the intended plan today -- and I'm not gonna give this guy much more leeway here, but he's out there asserting a bunch of garbage, and I had to nuke it. You may not have heard this. I just want to read this story as it's published in The Daily Caller: "The Obama administration released a warning Monday telling the nation's landlords that it may be discriminatory for them to refuse...
  • Obama Admin Tells Landlords They Can’t Refuse To House Criminals

    04/04/2016 7:24:14 PM PDT · by massmike · 83 replies
    http://dailycaller.com/ ^ | 04/04/2016 | Blake Neff
    The Obama administration released a warning Monday telling the nation’s landlords that it may be discriminatory for them to refuse to rent to those with criminal records. The Fair Housing Act doesn’t include criminals as a protected class, but the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) says refusing to rent based on a criminal record is a form of racial discrimination, due to racial imbalances in the U.S. justice system. For instance, while blacks are about 12 percent of the U.S. population, they are about 36 percent of the prison population. Hispanics are also overrepresented behind bars, though to...
  • HUD Wants to Make Living in a Tiny House or RV Illegal

    04/03/2016 10:33:46 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 141 replies
    The Organic Prepper ^ | March 31, 2016 | The Organic Prepper
    The tiny house movement has taken America by storm, in part because our economy is in the toilet. People are striving to reduce their expenses by embracing minimalism. They’re breaking free from the corporate grind because, as I’ve always advised, they are learning to live with less and radically reducing their expenses.But, these days in America, you are sharply admonished when you try to live your life outside of the strictures of the 9-5 world. Is it any surprise that the government is now taking steps to limit our ability to drastically reduce our expenses? They always seem to...
  • Free speech make way; here comes Obama-style regionalism

    04/03/2016 3:12:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    PowerLine ^ | March 31, 2016 | Paul Mirengoff
    We have written about how “regionalism” and its handmaiden “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” (AFFH) are, in effect, an attempt by the left to dictate the way Americans will live. Now, we see that they also entail an attempt to tell elected officials what they must say. This has become apparent from efforts to muzzle Westchester Country Executive Rob Astorino. Westchester County, New York is ground zero in the left’s push for its vision of regionalism. Under Democratic leadership, the County entered into a settlement with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The County agreed to build 750 “affordable housing...