The story of a private equity firm, a missing pool fence, and the death of a two-year-old child raises troubling questions about how, as a nation, we define security in housing and why, in the midst of what's regularly termed a "recovery," many neighborhoods may actually be growing increasingly vulnerable.
From the Bronx to Buffalo, cities and towns in New York have been plagued by what are commonly called zombie properties. These are homes that residents abandon -- often after they have received a foreclosure notice -- which then languish, uncared-for, until the foreclosure process is complete.
Even if a bank had never officially employed Geithner, his attitudes and concerns clearly reflect those of the financial industry. This comes through in matters big and small.
Statutory language may be narrowly interpreted by courts. Federal legislation may preempt state legislation. The "third wave" of mortgage modification litigation will likely continue for some time with lenders frequently prevailing.
The housing finance system -- as well as other national housing policies -- needs to serve a country where local home prices in some markets are 10 times as high as in others, and where local and state laws affect how much new construction is allowed, how long foreclosures take, and more.
Instead of expanding homeownership opportunities, the Johnson-Crapo proposal tells working and middle-class families that homeownership will be reserved for the fortunate few. That is simply wrong, and we can do better.
So, what does a family do when their lender denies a loan modification and instead insists on foreclosure? File bankruptcy. What happens a few months later when the lender has court permission to reschedule the foreclosure sale? The homeowner files bankruptcy again.
The Coronel family is part of a growing national movement to challenge Wall Street and the financial industry, whose predatory practices resulted in millions of Americans losing their homes and millions more still "underwater" with homes worth less than their mortgages.
I've bought a great many foreclosure properties over the years and can tell you that you can end up pulling your hair out if you're not prepared for the hurdles the lender places in your path to a closing.
Trulia's Housing Barometer shows that 4 of the 5 key housing indicators improved over the past year: prices, the delinquency+foreclosure rate, non-dis...
As consumers continue to suffer, you and your bank continue to profit: Chase earned $21.3 billion in 2013, and you, Mr. Dimon, earned $20 million in the same period.
My fellow Americans: I deliver this address at a time of great distress in our nation. Never before have we faced challenges of such severity as we d...
I put this issue to my podcast buddies on The Ohio Revolt, and I was surprised by the conversation. For me, it may be an irreversible, inevitable decline. To them, it was an issue of better leadership and better long-term planning.
I worked for 30 years as a cardiologist in Richmond, and I have always seen the city's problems through the health lens. What can a focus on health teach us about Richmond's foreclosure crisis? What is the impact on the health of families and neighborhoods?
While no one can predict with certainty what the housing market holds in store for 2014, a constant in real estate is always that local markets vary widely in their performance.
Everyone talks about resolutions this time of year. Making changes, setting goals, remembering dreams we once had, and wanting to live better. But the only thing I see happening with resolutions is "adding" to the already secret mess that is my life.