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Vermonters operate in the uncertainty of the federal government shutdown

Existing homeowners, not first-time buyers, responsible for recent U.S. housing market gains

National data indicates a possible slowdown in the pace of household growth which affects home prices and construction levels, according to the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.  

Federal housing finance policy takes the spotlight

President Obama’s speech Tuesday has spurred debate about the federal government’s role in financing home ownership, according to yesterday’s

Harvard research center declares 2013 a year of housing recovery, but not for all Americans

Driven by rising home prices and growing demand, the U.S. housing recovery is well underway, concludes The State of the Nation’s Housing report released today by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.

Pace of Vermont home sales continues to pick up

The first months of 2013 show the volume of home sales continuing to increase in Vermont, according to multiple listing service data and Vermont property transfer tax records.   Purchases of si

Vermont lawmakers hear about changes needed to housing system

National housing expert Nan Roman of the Bipartisan Policy Center told members of the Vermont House General, Housing & Military Affairs Committee today what it will take to

Today’s Burlington Free Press covers varying aspects of housing affordability

Burlington Free PressVHFA’s creative role in serving the needs of low and moderate-income home buyers is the focus of the “Creative Corner” in today’s Burlington Free Press.  The author

Vermont home sales rebounded in 2012

After a trough in 2009, volumes and median prices of primary homes in Vermont are on an upswing.  The median sales price jumped two percent in 2012 to $199,000, according to VHFA’s analysis of VT property transfer tax records processed by December 3

Task force calls for comprehensive and rapid weatherization of Vermont buildings

Investing in thermal efficiency improvements—primarily air sealing, insulation, and heating system replacements—can dramatically reduce a home’s heating energy use.   An estimated 62,000 single and multi-family homes in Vermont will require energy effic

Vermont leads New England by key economic recovery measures

Vermont’s economic performance coming out of the recession is among the best, if not the best, in New England, Fed economist Robert Clifford explained at a Lake Champlain Region Chamber of Commerce breakfast yesterday.   Clifford identified

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