Agent/broker perspective: How brokerages can address affordable housing

With each year, a successful Miami agent is seeing more of her low- and middle-income clients struggling to find reasonably priced homes they can afford — and it’s only getting worse. What can she and her broker do to better serve these clients while at the same time helping their sellers earn top dollar for their listings?

Feds offer $330M to clean up lead paint

Federal officials announced Thursday that they have set aside $330 million to clean up lead-based paint and other environmental hazards in low-income housing.

Growing cities losing affordable housing at alarming rate: Study

Released Wednesday, a new study from Freddie Mac finds a striking correlation between population growth and affordable housing.

Amazon will match employee affordable housing donations

The online retailer will also contribute $8 million to nonprofits in Washington and Virginia. The pledge comes as a handful of companies promise to spend big on housing.

Microsoft’s $500M affordable housing plan begins to shape

Microsoft will fund housing projects with at least 100 units that set aside at least 40 percent of those units for middle-income families, or 80 percent for low-income families. Real estate developers will further have to commit to keeping those units …

Why the biggest challenge to local real estate isn’t iBuyers

Regular Inman contributor Teresa Boardman talks about how Zillow Offers just launched in the Twin Cities and what buyers and sellers truly need in her market (and probably yours, too).

Atlanta’s privatized affordable housing startup PadSplit raises $4.6M

The Atlanta-based startup has raised $4.6 million with help from Core Innovation Capital and other socio-economic aware investment organizations.

California Realtors support bills to dramatically boost housing supply

The California Association of Realtors has put its considerable might behind several proposed bills meant to boost the state’s housing supply.

Microsoft is putting up $500M to help affordability crisis in Seattle

Microsoft announced Wednesday a plan to invest $500 million in affordable housing solutions for Seattle and the Puget Sound area in Washington, to alleviate the stress tech job growth is putting on the housing market.

A realtor.com exec is building beautiful, affordable homes in a hot market

Michael Pressnall, who is vice president of industry relations for realtor.com, says the housing shortage from Seattle started to bleed into Tacoma, where home prices have risen 13.2 percent year-over-year.