Category Archives: Housing

Reverse Mortgages Present Benefits and Risks for Senior Homeowners

You’ve seen them advertised on T.V. and asked, “What is a reverse mortgage?” A reverse mortgage is a loan available to senior homeowners (62 years and older) that allows them to convert part of the equity in their homes into … Continue reading

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CARES Act provides relief to some homeowners during coronavirus outbreak

Help is coming for some Americans, who are falling behind on their mortgage payments as a result of economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March … Continue reading

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Lead Safety at Home and in School

Exposure to lead can harm a child’s brain, growth, behavior, and ability to learn. No safe blood lead level in children has been identified, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most common source of lead exposure … Continue reading

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Finding Common Ground on Flood Insurance Reform

As we enter the peak of hurricane season, many homeowners have wisely chosen to protect their properties by purchasing flood insurance. However, the nation’s taxpayers remain largely unprotected as the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is poised to continue to … Continue reading

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Increased Federal Role in the Housing Finance System

Housing finance is a complex, multi-trillion-dollar industry that played a major role in the 2007-2009 financial crisis. Two of our recent reports analyzed changes in the market since the crisis and their effect on taxpayers. We discuss our findings in … Continue reading

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How Some Property Owners are “Gaming” the HUD Inspection Process

Financial assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) helps keep affordable housing within reach for more than 2 million American households. HUD wants to ensure that the housing it’s helping to provide is clean, safe, and in … Continue reading

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How Can Low-Income Renters Find Affordable Housing?

Low-income renters often face difficulties finding housing they can afford. But a federal program—the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC)—helps encourage developing this type of housing. This tax credit program has helped finance about 50,000 affordable rental units annually. The IRS … Continue reading

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Lead Paint in Housing

Was your home built before 1978? If so, there’s a chance that it contains some lead paint. The Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that roughly 35 percent of U.S. homes contain some lead-based paint. So, what does this … Continue reading

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What You Need to Know about Mortgages and Equity

Ah, springtime: when “for sale” signs start popping up with the daffodils and crocuses! Before you call your real estate agent, you might want to read up on some of the more technical aspects of homebuying—like exactly what homeownership can … Continue reading

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Housing with Supportive Services for Veterans

The Department of Housing and Urban Development estimated that nearly 40,000 veterans were homeless as of January 2016—making up about 10 percent of all people experiencing homelessness. To help, the government is converting unneeded federal property into supportive housing for … Continue reading

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