Maybe Home Price Gains Aren’t Decelerating After All

Mortgage News You Can Use

Reblogged from Mortgage News Daily – Jann Swanson

Home price increases continued to exceed CoreLogic’s own projections in July. The company’s Home Price Index (HPI) indicates that home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, rose 1.1 percent from June and were 6 percent higher than in July 2015. The month-over-month gain was identical to the rate of appreciation from May to June, but the year-over-year increase marked an acceleration from the 5.7 percent reported in June. In the last HPI, CoreLogic noted a deceleration in price gains.

Oregon and Washington continue to top the charts with double digit annual increases of 11.2 and 10.2 percent respectively. They were followed by Colorado at 9.3 percent, West Virginia (8.6 percent) and Utah (7.9 percent.) Only one state failed to post an annual gain; Connecticut, where prices fell by 1.2 percent. Other states had negligible changes; New Jersey saw appreciation of only 0.2 percent…

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Rapid Rehousing

Very interesting read.

Affordable Housing from P Dribin

A good article in Shelterforce Weekly discusses the concept of rapid rehousing. This is the idea most commonly expressed in homeless programs that get people housed quickly and deal with the social problems later. The article posed certain factors that make the program more attractive to small landlords than traditional government programs. These advantages are:

Support for the tenant
Less bureaucracy
Less in the way of rehab

The entire article follows:

Could an Anti-Homelessness Program Also Stabilize Affordable Housing Supply?

Posted by Miriam Axel-Lute on August 1, 2016

Periodically in the affordable housing world, a few of us acknowledge the fact that the vast majority of low-income people live in unsubsidized rental units located within one- to four-unit buildings. And then we ask, how do we improve the quality of these homes and preserve their affordability? What programs could help these landlords and also help their tenants?

The conversations I’ve…

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HUD Policies on Housing Tenants With a Criminal Record

Affordable Housing from P Dribin

This is a very controversial subject. HUD projects have typically excluded tenants with former serious criminal convictions and evicted the entire household if a criminal action is committed. HUD has issued new guidance on this issue attempting to make it easier to house people with a criminal record, but allowing for reasonable standards to protect the safety of apartment communities. Here is a link that gives detailed guidance.

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Homeowners Take Trees Seriously and Rely on Professional Tree Services For Their Care

Tree Pruning Salem Oregon

Trees are wonderful, but at the same time they’re difficult to handle for the homeowner. Some trees grow very fast and the property owner can’t keep up with them. Most homeowners don’t know how to prune trees when they need pruned, and climbing them is out because they can get seriously hurt. The best thing anyone can do is call in the professionals who know how to prune trees without injuring them, or themselves. Trees can come down with illnesses and they also get old and die. These trees need to be removed from the property since they pose the danger of falling in a wind or rain storm.

It takes professionals that specialize in the tree pruning salem oregon residents depend on to do the job right. It also takes professionals who understand that some trees should be removed instead of pruned. Cutting the tree down and removing it…

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Guilds Lake War Housing, circa 1946

Vintage Portland

Aerial photograph of the southern section of the Guilds Lake war housing project with views of the Montgomery Ward Building and Vaughn Street Ballpark in the background, circa 1946.

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2001-025.216 City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2001-025.216

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