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Obama Administration's Major Federal Foreclosure Prevention Program Will Come To An End In 2016

Andrew Lieb | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Andrew Lieb

Homeowners who are still facing the possibility of foreclosure may apply for any of the foreclosure alternative programs under MHA on or before December 31, 2016 deadline.

The Costs of Not Building Housing

Toni G. Atkins | Posted 05.29.2016 | Impact
Toni G. Atkins

When we talk about affordable housing, it's easy to get tangled in a debate over what and how much the government should do about the crisis. It can help, and I've proposed a package of measures that, taken together, will create new housing opportunities for many struggling Californians.

There May Never Be a Good Brunch Place in South Central

Vanessa Carmichael | Posted 04.01.2015 | Los Angeles
Vanessa Carmichael

In the case of Los Angeles, it is scary to think that it may someday become what its politicians have designed it to be, a city for the few uber rich and the many domestic workers who maintain their homes and gardens.

Setting the Record Straight on 97 Percent LTV Mortgages -- They Work

Garrick T. Davis | Posted 03.31.2015 | Business
Garrick T. Davis

Mortgage guarantor giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac both recently announced their intent to once again begin purchasing mortgage loans at 97 percent loan-to-value (LTV) in the case of first-time homebuyers.

Art-imacy: The Art of Dressing Your Walls

ZOOM interiors | Posted 12.23.2014 | HuffPost Home
ZOOM interiors

Your interior environment has a huge impact on your overall well-being, and let's be honest, your sex life. So, don't let that barren décor and those bland walls of yours be the deterrent. Get art, and get laid.

Sustainable Housing, Politics and a Basic Pride of Place

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 12.23.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

We carry with us the ability to mine pride from place, even in places that are, perhaps, least expected to shine.

7 Things Anyone Can Learn From A-List Celebrity Homes

Michael Corbett | Posted 12.03.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

Ever wonder why celebrities are all clustered together in the same neighborhoods? It's for several reasons, but mainly it's because those 'hoods are prime real estate -- and they were even before the celebs moved in.

Shahien Nasiripour

Obama's HAMP Initiative Struggling To Help Homeowners | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics

A government auditor has warned that the U.S. Treasury Department doesn’t understand why distressed homeowners are re-defaulting at an “alarming...

Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) Extended

Anna Cuevas | Posted 08.03.2013 | Business
Anna Cuevas

Homeowners can learn if they qualify for one of these programs by talking to their lender or visiting Making Home Affordable, Fannie Mae, or Freddie Mac.

Ben Hallman

Romney's Housing Plan Long On Gripes, Short On Details | Ben Hallman | Posted 10.25.2012 | Business

NEW YORK -- If elected president, Mitt Romney would reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, sell 200,000 vacant foreclosed homes owned by the government an...

52 Reasons to Vote for Obama: #21, Keeping Our Homes

Bernard Whitman | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
Bernard Whitman

Six weeks after taking office, President Obama introduced the Making Home Affordable program to help homeowners prevent foreclosure, stabilize the housing market, and improve our economy. Under this program, many homeowners can lower their monthly mortgage payments.

Ben Hallman

DeMarco Takes Moral Stand Against Mortgage Debt Relief | Ben Hallman | Posted 08.07.2012 | Business

Five years into a housing crisis that never seems to end, a dispute over offering homeowners assistance has come down to morality. Edward DeMarco, ...

Ben Hallman

In Sea Of Disappointing Housing Programs, Hardest Hit Fund Least Effective: New Report | Ben Hallman | Posted 07.25.2012 | Business

Most of the federal bailout money pledged through the Hardest Hit Fund, a program meant to help ailing homeowners in states especially battered by the...

HAMP TIER 2 Mortgage Loan Modifications in a Nutshell

Anna Cuevas | Posted 06.08.2012 | Money
Anna Cuevas

Through recent revisions, the government hopes that its program will provide relief to more homeowners and make a bigger impact on the housing market by enabling more homeowners to prevent foreclosure.

Matt Sledge

Occupy Protesters Help Former Marine Save Foreclosed Home | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.28.2012 | Business

Bobby Hull was supposed be thrown out of his house this month. Instead, thanks partly to Occupy Wall Street activists, he may get to stay. Last wee...

Loren Berlin

Government Expands Failed Homeowner Assistance Program, But It's Too Little Too Late | Loren Berlin | Posted 01.27.2012 | Business

The federal government is taking another stab at helping struggling homeowners keep their homes by expanding its failed loan modification program. Man...

Will 2012 Be a Good Year for Homeowners or Banks?

Anna Cuevas | Posted 03.21.2012 | Business
Anna Cuevas

What will happen is anyone's guess. But if 2011 was any indication of things to come, it's possible that banks will begin to make the necessary changes to stop the bloodletting?

Freddie Mac Offers Extension to Unemployed Homeowners

Anna Cuevas | Posted 03.12.2012 | Business
Anna Cuevas

One of the government's largest lenders, Freddie Mac, has announced that they're allowing their unemployed borrowers to extend the amount of time that their payments can be suspended or reduced.

Loren Berlin

80 Percent of 'Eligible' Homeowners Can't Be Helped By Federal Program | Loren Berlin | Posted 01.10.2012 | Business

Less than 20 percent of homeowners who theoretically qualify for a government mortgage modification are actually eligible, according to data released ...

Arthur Delaney

White House Doubles Down On Mortgage Modification Spin | Arthur Delaney | Posted 12.18.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Obama said in 2009 that his flagship anti-foreclosure scheme would "enable as many as 3 to 4 million homeowners to modify the ...

Arthur Delaney

Does This Family Deserve To Lose Its Home? | Arthur Delaney | Posted 12.17.2011 | Business

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. -- From next to the dead tree in his backyard, Ernie Soto can see the big house where he used to live. It's perched on the side of a ...

Arthur Delaney

WATCH: Obama Administration Launches Sad Anti-Foreclosure PSA | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.14.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Wednesday unveiled a new TV advertisement for its anti-foreclosure programs. The spot shows stone-faced ...

Arthur Delaney

Mortgage Modifications In Obama Program Dwindle Further As Administration Tut-Tuts Banks | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.01.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration announced more disappointing numbers for its signature anti-foreclosure initiative and said Thursday that it wo...

What We Shouldn't Leave to Debate: Our Nation's Priorities

Gary A. Officer | Posted 10.11.2011 | Impact
Gary A. Officer

Deficit reduction will hurt those that are most vulnerable: our nation's low-income and lower-middle class families, the backbone of America, living on the precipice of unthinkable loss.

Arthur Delaney

New Mortgage Modifications Slow To Trickle Under Obama Anti-Foreclosure Program | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.09.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Fewer homeowners entered preliminary mortgage modifications under the Obama administration's signature foreclosure prevention initiative...