Posts in category "Government Programs"

Why Should You Pay For Highways When You Buy A House?

Why Should You Pay For Highways When You Buy A House?
I really hate politics. In fact, I find the government so frustrating that I can’t even watch House Of Cards because it upsets me too much (OK, it’s fiction but a lot of how it depicts Washington is accurate). And I’m no fan of lobbying either so when the National Association of Realtors sends me... Read more »

What Will The Next Housing Crisis Look Like?

What Will The Next Housing Crisis Look Like?
On Monday I published a guest post on how mortgage lending standards have come full circle since the original housing crisis. In an effort to promote the American dream of home ownership regulators have once again eased up on the requirements for getting a mortgage. Meanwhile, it looks like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as... Read more »

CHA Super Voucher Program Being Scaled Back

CHA Super Voucher Program Being Scaled Back
A few weeks ago I wrote about the crazy CHA super voucher program that had a few lucky families living in some of Chicago’s finest apartment buildings while 15,000 other families waited for any kind of housing option: CHA Vouchers Paying For High Rent Apartments. Well, fortunately, it looks like the CHA is finally reigning... Read more »
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CHA Vouchers Paying For High Rent Apartments

CHA Vouchers Paying For High Rent Apartments
Apparently a few lucky folks have CHA vouchers that are paying for them to live in some pretty expensive apartments. About a month ago we took on a listing to rent a townhome for $3300/ month – 3 bedrooms, attached 2 car garage, built in the last 15 years. All of a sudden I get... Read more »

Obama's Student Loan Relief Program: The Inconvenient Truths

Obama's Student Loan Relief Program: The Inconvenient Truths
President Obama signed an executive order yesterday extending student loan relief to an estimated 5 million borrowers, capping their monthly loan payments at 10% of their monthly income. Another apparent something-for-nothing program, this makes for great politics but it does nothing to solve the real problem of the economics of higher education – or the... Read more »

Realtors Try To Preserve Fannie And Freddie Mortgage Loan Limits

Realtors Try To Preserve Fannie And Freddie Mortgage Loan Limits
About a month ago I wrote a post about how the National Association of Realtors (NAR) throws around their considerable lobbying weight to preserve the various housing market subsidies bestowed by the government. I specifically wrote about the FHA loan limits and the Homeowner Flood Insurance Act. However, there is another issue lurking around out... Read more »
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Now I Know The Ashland Bus Rapid Transit Plan Is Dumb

Now I Know The Ashland Bus Rapid Transit Plan Is Dumb
I originally posted on the Ashland bus rapid transit plan more than 2 months ago. At that time we didn’t have all the information but I did note what I thought at the time was the key issue. The plan calls for dedicating 50% of Ashland Avenue’s transit capacity for what is today only 14%... Read more »

Realtors Just Love Those Government Housing Market Subsidies

Realtors Just Love Those Government Housing Market Subsidies
I guess it’s just the American way. Always have your hand out for the next government subsidy and the politicians in Washington are always too willing to cooperate in response to powerful lobbying organizations. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is no exception when it comes to begging for government housing market subsidies. With around... Read more »

Obama Administration Seeking To Create New Mortgage Crisis

Obama Administration Seeking To Create New Mortgage Crisis
I could not believe it last week when I heard that the Obama administration was once again pushing banks to make mortgage loans to people with weak credit. What is the definition of insanity again? Oh, yeah “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” – a quote supposedly attributable to... Read more »
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Why Does The Government Promote Home Ownership?

Why Does The Government Promote Home Ownership?
As you may have figured out I’m not a big fan of the government’s feeble attempts to prop up the housing market. After just posting about how the government’s losses on the housing market continue to mount I once again asked myself why they insist on promoting home ownership. There are only 2 possible explanations.... Read more »
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