Jesse Williams

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NAR Forum Hones in on Equity, Housing Crisis

A policy forum hosted by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and the Urban Institute last week titled, “Financing the Future,” added more details, more insights and more urgency to the interconnected crises of housing affordability, inequality, financing and supply. With panels including representatives of major trade organizations, advocacy groups, policymakers and journalists, the event…

Mortgage Applications Plummet Again

The closely watched weekly data released by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) on mortgage applications reported a precipitous drop after two weeks of gains, as spiraling rates, broader economic uncertainty and continued low inventory seem to be putting a longer-term damper on both refinancing and new mortgages. According to the latest Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA)…

Fed Proposes Major Update to Fair Lending Law

The Federal Reserve is proposing changes to a landmark fair housing law—the Community Reinvestment Act, or CRA—attempting to “strengthen and modernize” regulations around how big banks and lenders serve low income neighborhoods and predominantly non-white communities. Applying mostly to larger banks, the new framework updates assessment areas and specifically addresses new technologies like mobile banking…

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