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Housing finance agency bonds give best risk-adjusted return among municipal bonds

Since 2009, bonds backed by payments on publicly financed single-family-home loans earned more than all other types of municipal bonds, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

President’s budget proposes changes to federal housing credit, MRB and HUD programs

The Obama administration sent Congress its FY 2013 budget this week, proposing changes to the housing credit program to provide incentives for creating mixed-income housing and to allow a 30 percent basis boost for some 4 percent credit, tax-

Vermont receives $6.7 million in mortgage settlement

The settlement between the nation's top five mortgage lenders, the states, and the federal government will bring $3.1 million to Vermonters in the form of loan modifications and other relief.   An additional $3.6 million will go to the state's co

Obama administration releases details of new housing plan

Following up the State of the Union address, the Obama administration released details of a plan to help borrowers and support the housing market's recovery.  

Designing the future of Burlington's downtown areas

If you're walking down Church Street in Burlington this week and want to help shape the future of the city's downtown areas, stop by the PlanBTV design charrette underway in the former Ann Taylor store space at 1 Church Street.   

Read more in today's Burlington Free Press or watch a short video about PlanBTV.

Middle America home to the cheapest cities in the country

Most of the metropolitian areas in the United States with the least expensive sales prices for single-family homes in the first quarter of 2011 are in the mid-west, according to a National Association of Realtors study covered by the Washington Post.

See the Post's photo gallery of the ten least expensive cities to buy a home.

Residents gather to start planning for Burlington's future

About 30 Burlington residents gathered at Contois Auditorium last night in the first of a series of public engagement sessions to help plan the future of the city's downtown and waterfront areas.

Federal Reserve suggests ways to improve U.S. housing conditions

In a paper delivered to Congress last week, Ben Bernanke and his staff describe the complex and interdependent issues hampering today’s housing market.

Homelessness in the news

Today’s Burlington Free Press had two articles regarding homelessness in Vermont: 

The first discussed yesterday’s vigil in Montpelier where shelter and homeless service providers described the persistent needs among Vermont families and individuals facing homelessness.   Highlighting the success of programs that seek to prevent homelessness, officials at the vigil called on Vermont lawmakers to recognize these successes by focusing future efforts in this area. Read more.

Federal funding continued for local homeless programs

HUD announced this week the renewals of Vermont's homeless assistance grants. A total of $3.6 million will be provided for 22 projects statewide during FY2012.

Read the full list of Vermont awards.
Read HUD's press release.



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