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BPC's Year In Review

Kevin Clang / Blog December 22, 2014

2014 proved to be a productive year at BPC, even in a city of rivals. We picked a few of our favorite moments from 2014 to share with you.

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Julián Castro’s Priorities for 2015

Housing / News November 9, 2014

In the Bipartisan Policy Center speech, I said it used to be pretty easy to get a home loan. Today, it’s too hard.

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New HUD chief Castro is ready to start pushing homeownership

Housing / News October 7, 2014

Like previous housing secretaries, Julián Castro wants to make it easier for more Americans to buy homes. But with credit still tight after the financial meltdown of a few years ago, he prefers to avoid setting any specific target.

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Even credit-worthy borrowers struggle to get a mortgage

Housing / News September 16, 2014

The national homeownership rate continues to decline, and many say that it’s only going to get worse because of tighter lending standards, burdensome regulations that create lender uncertainty and affordability challenges. Even credit-worthy borrowers struggle to get a mortgage http://t.co/ZVwHsJgMFU…

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Here’s where expert economists think housing is going

Housing / News September 16, 2014

Will the housing recovery continue? Will the housing recovery continue into the second half of 2014? How about next year, or until 2019? The consensus among four expert economists at a panel at the Bipartisan Policy Center 2014 Housing Summit…

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New HUD Secretary outlines his vision for last years of Obama Administration

Housing / News September 16, 2014

The new Housing And Urban Development Secretary sees HUD as a department of opportunity, not just a department of housing. The keynote afternoon speaker at the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Summit in Washington, D.C., Julián Castro, said he is focused…

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Disjointed policies thwarting housing, economists lament

Housing / News September 16, 2014

Here’s what’s driving economists crazy about federal housing policies: There’s too much uncertainty and disorganization, panelists said Tuesday at a summit in Washington. Lenders’ willingness to back mortgages for younger and older would-be borrowers is being cut by regulatory, legal…

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Fannie, Freddie profits should fund transition to new housing-finance system, analyst says

Housing / News September 16, 2014

Rather than funneling profits from housing-finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to the government, those funds could be put to better use by providing capital that supports a transition to a new mortgage-finance system, a housing expert said Monday…

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‘Scared’ lenders, declining affordability making mortgages tough to obtain

Housing / News September 16, 2014

It’s possible for would-be home buyers to get a loan, but it sure has gotten harder, and that’s because of lenders who are scared of legal and financial risks, as well as declining affordability, experts said Tuesday at a housing-policy…

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How Julian Castro plans to lower your rent and help you buy a home

Housing / News September 16, 2014

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro on Tuesday laid out two of his main priorities going forward: boosting homeownership and combating the nation’s “rental housing crisis.”

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