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“Gentle” density can save our neighborhoods

Pointed roofs by Victoria Pickering licensed under Creative Commons. This article was first published by the Brookings Institution. A year ago this month, Minneapolis made national headlines by adopting a new comprehensive plan with two objectives: reducing racial segregation and improving housing affordability. Its method for doing so was through …

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FHA plans to raise mortgage limits in most areas

The Federal Housing Administration’s loan limits will generally increase 5% next year, but changes in the composition of statistical areas will lead to decreases in 11 counties. In most areas, the floor for the FHA’s standard loan-size restriction will be 65% of the standard 2020 conforming limit ($331,760 for single-family …

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$50M Loan Helps Preserve 190 Affordable South End Units

Using its ability to offer low-cost, fixed-rate, long-term financing, the Massachusetts Housing Partnership has closed on a $50 million loan to community development corporation Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA) to preserve the affordability of Victoria Apartments. Built in 1982 and located in Boston’s expensive South End neighborhood, Victoria Apartments features …

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Unleveling the playing field for small lenders and first-time buyers?

In September of this year, the Trump administration released two housing finance reform plans, one from the U.S. Department of the Treasury addressing the government-sponsored enterprise conservatorship and another focused on the Federal Housing Administration and Ginnie Mae programs under the authority of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban …

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Women in Housing

Let’s be honest, the housing and mortgage industries are not diverse. As women it is important that we strive and even fight for positions or leadership, and use those positions to guide others. Female leadership is becoming more widespread. Women are constantly shaping the future of housing while supporting individual …

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