Trump administration ends push to restructure Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Jan 15, 2021
A plan to return the mortgage giants to private control was complicated by the pandemic's economic risks.
The headquarters of Fannie Mae in Washington, D.C. Fannie and Freddie Mac will remain under government conservatorship.
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An archaeological dig in urban Baltimore reveals a forgotten past

Jan 7, 2021
It's part of a movement to make the field more accessible and inclusive.
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Multigenerational households make good economic sense

The most recent numbers we have show 20% of the American population is living in multigenerational households.
"The multigenerational home is a safety net, yes. But the bigger story is the compelling economics of multiple generations living under one roof," says Marketplace senior economics contributor Chris Farrell.
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Number of Americans moving homes hits lowest level in 73 years

Dec 16, 2020
Migration patterns could change in a work-from-home world brought on by the pandemic.
A pedestrian walks by a building advertising an apartment for rent on Sept. 1, 2020, in San Francisco, California.
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Airbnb raises price target for its IPO

Dec 7, 2020
After huge losses in the spring, the short-term rental platform is profitable again.
Airbnb was planning an IPO back in March, but the pandemic threw a wrench in that plan.
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Refinancing a mortgage just got more expensive

Dec 4, 2020
A new "adverse market fee" kicked in this week, despite declining interest rates.
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Can U.S. businesses count on Chinese consumers?

Dec 1, 2020
Many American firms are looking to Chinese consumers to keep them afloat, but many of those consumers are trying to keep themselves afloat.
A U.S. startup company hopes Chinese consumers will buy its plant-based egg product. For some, though, cost is a factor.
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Report warns of a worsening affordability crisis for renters

Nov 19, 2020
The lowest-income households were more likely to lose wages and fall behind on rent.
Banners against tenant evictions hang from a rent-controlled building in Washington, D.C., in August.
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More homeowners are seeking long-term mortgage relief

Nov 6, 2020
Some who left forbearance plans are delaying payments again.
A woman marches during the Cancel Rent and Mortgages rally in June in Minneapolis. There are 2.9 million mortgages in active forbearance, according to a report Friday from mortgage data company Black Knight.
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