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Mortgage payment affordability improved for married-couple home buyers in 2012

Historically low mortgage interest rates continued to improve home buying affordability in 2012, according to an index prepared each year by the Vermont Economy Newsletter.

Housing cost burden more prevalent among renters in Chittenden County than rest of New England

Bipartisan Policy Center recommends broad changes for U.S. housing policy

Earlier this week, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Commission released its vision for the future of housing policy in its report: 

Comprehensive, on-the-ground outreach assists hundreds of Burlingtonians

Burlington Free PressToday’s Burlington Free Press spotlights Matt Young, supervisor for the Howard Center’s Street Outreach Team, who “doesn’t just find the homeless shelter [but] wants to show them the way to a home.”  Young and his team walk the streets of Burlington, as

Free Press spotlights South Burlington’s housing affordability challenges

The wide-reaching ramifications of a lack of affordable housing options were highlighted in Saturday’s Burlington Fr

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issues new rules

On Thursday January 10th, the mortgage industry braced for rulings from the United State’s newest federal agency related to home lending, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).  In his opening statement announcing the newest rules, CFPB’s Director, R

Two new VHFA bond deals will finance hundreds of VT home purchases and preserve affordable rental housing

VHFA has taken two big steps towards making housing more affordable in the Green Mountain State.

Brattleboro’s Canal and Main building recognized as national smart growth role model

The Canal and Main building in Brattleboro combines commercial space for the Brattleboro Food Co-op on its lower floors with affordable and market rate rental housing above.  The synergy this project  generated for the city’s downtown was recognized yesterday in Washington, DC when EPA awarded Vermont housing officials the 2012 Smart Growth National Achievement Award for Main Street or Corridor Revitalization. 

Burlington community celebrates Wharf Lane apartments

Residents, funders, and community leaders celebrated the completion of renovations of Burlington’s Wharf Lane last week and the preservation of its 37 apartments as affordable rental housing.

VHFA's interest rate drop makes it a great time to buy

After dropping it's home mortgage interest rates today, VHFA's rates have never been lower: 

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