Private equity money changed the housing market, then the pandemic hit

Sep 29, 2021
Big corporate landlords are more likely to evict and harder to talk to, experts say.
The uptick in private equity money in the housing market could pose challenges for renters. Above, New York City's Stuyvesant Town apartments in 2006. Today it's owned by private equity firm Blackstone and its partner Ivanhoé Cambridge.
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Does owning a home turn us into worse people?

Aug 6, 2021
Vox's Jerusalem Demsas explains how homeownership can drive people to oppose policies that are beneficial for the entire neighborhood.
The housing affordability crisis used to be confined to people with lower incomes, says Jerusalem Demsas. "Now housing unaffordability has gone through the roof," she says.
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Report shows decrease in underwater mortgages

Aug 5, 2021
The numbers aren't like what they were during the housing crisis, when almost a quarter of homeowners owed more than what their home was worth.
Foreclosures have been on the rise.
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Biden administration says it will address racial inequity in home appraisals

Jun 2, 2021
The government plans to use fair housing laws and regulatory action to address the racial disparity in home valuations.
President Joe Biden lays out policy proposals aimed at narrowing the racial wealth gap during a speech in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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Overcoming fear as a first-time homebuyer

May 25, 2021
“It’s been very empowering for me, even though it has been very difficult,” says Ko Bragg, a journalist based in New Orleans.
Ko Bragg, one of the 2.38 million Americans who purchased a home for the first time in 2020, inside her New Orleans house.
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Grandmother's foreclosed home tests new California law

May 6, 2021
The law gives tenants and nonprofits the opportunity to match a bid made at a foreclosure auction and purchase a property.
Jocelyn Foreman poses with a community land trust agreement during a signing ceremony and celebration at Malcolm X Elementary School in Berkeley on April 23.
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More homeowners are back to paying their mortgages

May 3, 2021
But the recovery has been unequal. Black homeowners are at a higher risk of foreclosure when forbearance rules expire, one nonprofit says.
Despite recent trends, more than 2 million mortgages are still in forbearance.
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How homeowners have gained a financial advantage during the pandemic

Sep 10, 2020
During the Great Recession, owning a house could sink you. Now, it's a life raft.
A house for sale in South Pasadena, California, in April.
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Homeowners had amassed record equity as crisis began

Jul 6, 2020
Housing wealth and other protections advantage owners over renters.
A neighborhood in San Francisco. Home values have only kept rising as buyers compete for a limited supply of houses.
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Oyler School is helping more of its families become homeowners

Oct 17, 2019
A partnership with Habitat for Humanity aims to double the ownership rate.
Habitat for Humanity bought these houses to renovate for families in Lower Price Hill.
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