‘Worst Case Housing Needs’ Rises to Over 8 Million

More than 8 million renter households were identified as having “worst case housing needs,” or burdened by rent and/or living in unsuitable conditions, in 2015, according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)—the second-highest share ever recorded. Those labeled “worst case” are renters with very low incomes and […]

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Department of Housing and Urban Development offering $2 billion in homeless assistance grants

A program that provides funding to state and local governments through the Department of Housing and Urban Development for the purpose of ending homelessness has announced that it’s making $2 billion in funds available …

NAR letter urges HUD to focus on mortgage premiums, Fair Housing

When President Donald Trump signed Executive Order 13777, “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,” it’s a fair bet that he intended the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to take a close look at its rules and regulations i…

Trump Administration Proposes 2018 HUD Budget

The Trump Administration on Tuesday announced its 2018 proposed budget for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), scaling back funding to the agency approximately 13 percent to $40.68 billion. The proposed budget preserves rental assistance for 4.5 million low-income households, but recommends reforms to the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Housing for the […]

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REALTORS® Gather in D.C. to Address Key Issues

Approximately 9,000 REALTORS® are gathered in Washington, D.C. this week for the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, addressing members of Congress and regulators on key real estate issues, as well as participating in sessions delivered by industry experts and thought leaders. “With a new president and Congress in office, it’s vitally important for regulators […]

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Where NAR and HUD Secretary Ben Carson concur (and conflict)

Dr. Ben Carson, the 17th secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) made a brief visit to the National Association of Realtors midyear conference, where he was greeted with a standing ovation …

New Broker Strategies: Reset a Course at RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum

With a vast array of communication touch points, are you effectively engaging on all channels? Gain insight on the new broker strategies effectively reaching today’s clients and prospects at RISMedia’s upcoming Power Broker Forum, New Broker Strategies for Engaging Today’s Consumers, taking place this month at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, […]

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Fair Housing Month Puts Spotlight on Housing Discrimination

April is National Fair Housing Month. 2017 marks the 49th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, which protects against housing discrimination due to “race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and the presence of children” when applying for home financing or buying or renting a home, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development […]

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$6B in proposed HUD cuts: Real estate industry reacts

The Trump administration is considering slashing the budget of Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by $6 billion, The Washington Post reports, citing preliminary budget documents …

HUD Secretary Ben Carson addresses staff for first time

Carson spent the majority of the address giving anecdotes about the “bootstraps” mentality of Americans and offered his philosophies about success and morality, but offered no specific plans for the future of fair housing, budget cuts or the status of …