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Housing Credit Minimum Rate Legislation

On May 5, the bill, S.1193, was introduced. The bill is the Improving the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Rate Act, which would permanently establish a minimum 9 percent Housing Credit rate and a minimum 4 percent Credit rate for acquisition.

President Obama’s housing plan seeks better financing options for home buyers and rental housing

flagIn addition to federal FHA mortgage insurance program modifications, President Obama announced this week his support for other ways to improve the availability of affordable owner and rental housing, including several initiatives administered by VHFA and partner housing agencies i

What is the market for new, modest-sized, highly energy-efficient homes in Vermont?

High performance homesThis question was recently the focus of a Vermont-based consulting team under the direction of The High Meadows Fund and Efficiency Vermont. The team, composed of VHFA, Energy Futures Group, Milne-Allen Appraisal Company and F

Affordable housing needs and next steps for Chittenden County

cctv 10-30-2014VHFA’s Leslie Black-Plumeau and Housing Vermont’s Kenn Sassorossi discussed Chittenden County’s affordable housing needs with CCTV reporter Mike Cohen last night on Channel 17.

Vermont tops nation in energy efficiency in recent survey

energy efficiency mapVermont topped the list of a recent WalletHub survey as the most energy efficient state in the U.S., reported the National Mo

Few options for would-be renters in the Upper Valley

uvhcOf the approximately 10,000 rental units in the core towns of the Upper Valley, only about 250 were vacant as of June 30, 2014, based on research presented by the Upper Valley Housing Coalition at its recent Business Leaders Breakfast in West Lebanon.

Registration open for Vermont Statewide Housing Conference

 The Vermont Statewide Housing Conference is proud to announce its lineup of 18 workshops, in-depth plenary panel and nationally-acclaimed keynote speaker Barry Zigas. Register online today for this important event!

Foreclosed homes renovated through HARP program

48 Williams St - Before and After HARP PicThanks to low interest rates and a little known housing program making a big impact, this is a great time to buy a home.

Primary home prices dip in first half of 2014

home pricesBetween January and June, the median price of a primary home sold in Vermont was about 4% lower than it had been in 2013. Statewide, the median price dipped to $192,250 from $200,000 in 2013.

New 3.875% interest rate extends home buying opportunities

visionToday marked VHFA’s unprecedented release of $20 million in financing for Vermont home buyers with a new, historically low, fixed interest rate of 3.875% for 30-year mortgages.  The low rate is available for VHFA’s conventional and government loan programs, and is available exclusively through VHFA partici

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