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Millennials continue to lag behind in home ownership rates

Feb 23, 2021
Student loan debt, high housing prices and career setbacks from the Great Recession hurt millennials' ability to build wealth.
Millennials are held back from homeownership from economic setbacks like student loan debt and the Great Recession. Above, a house under contract in Washington, D.C., in November.
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Upcoming fee has some homeowners rethinking refinancing

Aug 17, 2020
The Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac-backed "adverse market fee" drops on Sept. 1.
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In some cities, foreclosures are still on the rise

Apr 12, 2019
In cities like Baltimore and Philadelphia, the number of homes in the early stages of foreclosure is higher than it was before the financial crisis.
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10 years after the Lehman collapse, homeownership barriers spur new rental options

Sep 13, 2018
Property developers around the world are capitalizing on "Generation Rent."
Tipi is among several property companies capitalizing on the rent-for-longer issue fueling a pre-existing housing shortage in Britain’s capital. The company is in the process of constructing a large-scale campus with dozens of buildings that will add 7,500 new rental units to the market. This photo from Tipi shows a prospective look at an apartment space.
 
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One legacy of the housing crisis: risky rent-to-own deals

Jul 2, 2018
The contracts often saddle would-be homeowners with expensive taxes and repairs.
The house Maureen Seymour has been trying to buy could be condemned by the city and demolished, along with her $25,000 investment.
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"Why can't I make ends meet? Why can't I make this math work?"

Jun 28, 2018
In her new book, Alissa Quart examines the lives of middle-class families struggling to get by.
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This new real estate site is aimed at first-time buyers

May 4, 2017
The real estate site Zillow has launched a new tool aimed at first-time home buyers on realestate.com. It features a calculator that adds up the expenses of owning a home, like property taxes and utilities — the kind of things that new buyers don’t always expect or budget for. It’s designed to help ease the […]