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6/13/2016Governor McAuliffe Recognizes Virginia Homeownership Month
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5/18/2016VHDA Homeownership Education Class Offered in Spanish
4/18/2016Free VHDA Homeownership Classes Set For Hampton Roads in May
4/18/2016Free VHDA Homeownership Classes Set For Northern Virginia in May
4/18/2016Free VHDA Homeownership Classes Set For Central Virginia in May
1/15/2016Free VHDA Homeownership Classes Set For Northern Virginia in February
1/14/2016Free VHDA Homeownership Classes Set For Hampton Roads in February
1/13/2016Free VHDA Homeownership Classes Set For Central Virginia in February
12/28/2015Free VHDA Homeownership Classes Set For Hampton Roads In January

News Clips

Mortgage News Daily , Monday, June 27, 2016
(RECAP: Will the homeownership rate fall below 50 percent? Not a question most housing industry stakeholders want to think about, but some analysts are speculating that it could happen. Freddie Mac, in its June edition of Outlook, takes a look at some of those predictions. The economists start out reiterating their conviction that 2016 will be the best year for housing in a decade. Despite a generally weak economy they expect housing to "be an engine of growth," with residential investment providing a direct boost and higher home equity contributing to consumer confidence and leading to higher consumer expenditures. But they concede that the outlook for homeownership is mixed. The rate of homeownership has declined precipitously since hitting a peak of 69 percent during the housing bubble. It fell to a 40-year low a few quarters ago and has remained below 64 percent. Many analysts expect to see the rate fall even further. While most do not expect it to fall under 50 percent, Freddie says a number of recent articles have set out a range of plausible scenarios where a drop of 20 percentage points in the rate could happen by 2050.)
Richmond Times-Dispatch , Monday, June 27, 2016
(RECAP: The Richmond City Council approved the sale of 14 tax-delinquent properties across the city Monday. The city currently sells the properties to nonprofit organizations such as ElderHomes Corp., which will acquire six of the 14 properties following Monday’s vote. The Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity will acquire six properties, and the Better Housing Coalition will acquire two. Each property will be sold for $1,750 and will be redeveloped. The nonprofits chose which properties were best for them to help develop as low-income housing, said Nicholas Feucht, a project manager analyst in the Department of Economic and Community Development. Councilman Chris A. Hilbert questioned why more isn’t being done to help blighted neighborhoods.)
The Roanoke Times, Sunday, June 26, 2016
(RECAP: Despite the fact that the lake has become a haven for retirees, there aren’t many options for seniors looking to take the next step in life: downsizing or moving closer to amenities like hospitals or shopping. Currently, only one large-scale senior living community operates at the lake: Runk & Pratt’s Smith Mountain Lake Retirement Village. It offers assisted living and independent living cottages that individuals purchase to own. An expansion project is expected to break ground in the next few months. There wasn’t always such a need for senior living options, Gills Creek District Supervisor Bob Camicia said. But now, he said, “pressure” is growing, and he said he knows developers who are looking in that direction as the market grows.)
The Progress-Index, Friday, June 24, 2016
(RECAP: A proposal to convert some city-owned properties into housing for disabled veterans could be delayed for a year after City Council voted last week to table consideration of the plan after some members said they needed more information before making a decision. Richmond-based Fountainhead Properties is proposing to redevelop long-unused warehouses at 29 S. Union St. and 41 S. Union St. (the two buildings are attached to each other) and at 801 S. Adams St., the former site of Petersburg General Hospital/Southside Regional Medical Center. Fountainhead CEO Rick Gregory said the plan is to create up to 75 apartments to serve homeless and disabled veterans. The planned project would provide affordable and supportive housing for veterans. On the affordability side, Gregory said rents would be capped at 30 percent of the resident's monthly income and would probably amount to $350-$550 a month.)
WDBJ 7, Thursday, June 23, 2016
(RECAP: There are up to 150 homeless veterans in southwest Virginia according to the Wytheville Redevelopment & Housing Authority. That agency is now preparing to build homes for some of the veterans that desperately need it. Construction on the Freedom Lane housing project is expected to start next month. The 11 buildings will have 24 units inside with one or two bedrooms on one level. Priority is given to veterans who need affordable housing. The five million dollar housing development is one of very few in the United States.)


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