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HUD and Census Bureau expand access to housing info

Online tool allows anyone to research economic data, including housing, by state, county, city, zip code and county subdivision.

New HUD rule bolsters housing-bias law

A statistical analysis can now be used to show that a city or lender rule discriminates against a protected class, even if that

Fair housing: Can’t just call it a 55-plus community

HUD: A Minn. condo complex failed to verify the ages of residents as required under Fair Housing Act. It must now pay $42,200 an

HUD fair housing complaints easier to file

Is it housing discrimination? Smartphone app allows would-be renters or buyers to check the law on a smartphone and file a forma

New survey looks at multi-family rental properties

About 20% of households live in multi-family rental buildings. New HUD/Census study looks at how properties are financed as FHFA

HUD ad series will fight housing discrimination

It’s Fair Housing Month. HUD celebrates with national media campaign that teaches the public about discrimination and explains h

Broker to pay $39K fair housing violation

A Mass. attorney who added a restrictive contract covenant will also pay $39K. HUD says seller, real estate agent and attorney m

Facility Closures & Downsizings: HUD To Close Several Multifamily Field Offices; Layoff more than 1,000

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is planning a series of restructurings and changes within its Office of Mul

HUD closing two Fla. field offices

The Orlando and Tampa offices will close as part of a national realignment. Nationwide, HUD will shut down 16 out of 80 offices

Feds issue new fair housing construction guidelines

HUD and the Dept. of Justice say the new guidance should help developers understand and meet their obligations to provide access

HUD to sell 20,000 distressed loans to investors

The sale involves FHA loans on the brink of foreclosure. Investor-buyers can’t foreclose for six months and are encouraged to he

HUD settles Fla. maternity discrimination claim

SunTrust Mortgage and HUD settled a complaint that the lender allegedly denied a mortgage to a Port St. Lucie couple because the

Sequester could make FHA a tad less convenient

Don’t hope for FHA action on some Fridays this summer, such as May 24. To save money under its mandate, HUD offices will close t

Wells Fargo settles complaint on foreclosed homes

Six Fla. cities will see part of a $39 million agreement. HUD alleges that Wells Fargo unfairly neglected REO homes located in m

HUD and VA provide homes to 915 homeless Fla. vets

Program provides $60 million nationwide, with about 10% of it slated for Fla. veterans served by 17 agencies throughout the stat

HUD conducts study of same-sex discrimination

The first-ever national study examines rental housing discrimination against same-sex couples. However, it’s not banned nationwi

HUD awards $471K in Fla. housing counseling grants

Money going to 28 local counseling agencies in Florida. Last year, two HUD studies found counseling improved the likelihood that

HUD and FHA offices closed on Monday, July 22

FHA’s Resource Center and National Servicing Center remain open for general questions, but they’re not allowed to help with a sp

HUD awards Fla. $47.5M to improve public housing

HUD’s Capital Fund Program provides funding annually to public housing authorities to build, repair, renovate and modernize publ

HUD charges Fifth Third Bank with discriminating

Under Fair Housing Act, people with disabilities don’t have to meet higher mortgage qualification standards if they rely on disa

HUD proposes ‘qualified mortgage’ definition

FHA issued its own qualified mortgage (QM) standard today. An ability-to-repay rule limits points and fees. Small number of futu

Show your commitment to the Fair Housing Act

HUD rolled out a consumer education campaign, and it encourages Realtors to download posters for their wall and promote fair hou

HUD: HOA rules don’t trump access for disabled

The Fair Housing Act also applies to homeowners associations. Nev. HOA fined $65K and told it must allow a family to park an amb

HUD settles with BofA over lending discrimination

HUD alleged that Bank of America refused two mortgage applications because a woman was pregnant, which violates the Fair Housing

HUD tool estimates a home’s transportation costs

One online tool calculates a homeowner’s transportation costs based on data and addresses they input; a second tool provides a c

In The Pipeline: CoStar Development & Construction News for Nov. 24 – 30

Hudson Yards Land Continues to Draw Strong Developer Interest

Already hot land prices on the far west side of Midtown Manhatta

HUD: New FHA loan limits take effect Jan. 1

Current cap in areas with relatively low housing costs remains unchanged at $271,050; but the high-cost area cap drops from $729

HUD releases its qualified mortgage (QM) definition

Its rule mirrors other agencies’ versions of the qualified mortgage (QM) rule and covers all loans insured, guaranteed or admini

HUD Secretary to appear at town hall meeting

HUD’s Shaun Donovan will answer questions about minority access to housing and mortgages tomorrow, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m. EST in a l

New home sales down in March

HUD and Census: Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 14.5% – its biggest drop in eight months. Builders blame tight

HUD renews support for 7,100 local homeless programs

In Fla., about 300 local homeless programs that provide housing and support services to homeless families will receive almost $7

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