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Presidential Candidates Mostly Mum on How They'd Fix Housing Presidential Candidates Mostly Mum on How They'd Fix Housing

Industry officials are perplexed at Obama's and Romney's unwillingness to assume leadership positions on this sector's problems. Read more

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Housing Vet Looks Back and Ahead at the Affordability Challenge Housing Vet Looks Back and Ahead at the Affordability Challenge

Conrad Egan, formerly of the National Housing Conference, is addressing domestic and global concerns. Read more

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As Home Prices Fell, Affordability Worsened For Many American Families

National Housing Conference finds that the number of owners paying half or more of their incomes for shelter actually rose slightly as the housing market unraveled. Read more

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Affordability Will be Key to Housing Market's Recovery, Says ULI Fellow Affordability Will be Key to Housing Market's Recovery, Says ULI Fellow

John K. McIlwain also says credit limitations will continue to restrict future buyers. Read more

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Declining Home Prices Still Not Enough to Help Many Seeking Affordable Housing

Annual ‘Paycheck to Paycheck’ study finds that renting, buying remain too pricey in many metro markets for working families. Read more

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Double Whammy

WORKING FAMILIES THAT SPEND MORE THAN half of their paychecks on close-in housing already have it tough. But a new report from the Center for Housing Policy, the research arm of the National Housing Conference, finds that housing and transportation combine to take two-thirds of their income. These families also cut back on spending for food, clothing, and health care. Read more

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Divided We Stand

With low-interest rates holding, and rosy forecasts from almost every economist with a conduit to the media, the American dream of homeownership for all seems to be chugging ahead at full steam. But behind the boom times lies a deep malaise. Many Americans, young, old, poor and middle class, cannot afford to buy a home. Read more

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Immigrant Woes

By Steve Zurier. A new study by the National Housing Conference found that immigrant working families are nearly 70 percent more likely than native-born Americans to spend more than half of their income on housing. Hispanics comprise almost 60 percent of immigrant working families identified with critical housing needs. Read more

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Editor's Notes: Workforce Solutions

The subject of our special report this month, workforce housing, strikes particularly close to home. Fortunately, the political winds seem to be shifting slightly in favor of doing something about this pressing national problem.The National Housing Conference, a Washington-based organization that has taken the lead on this issue, reports that even as the national homeownership rate increased from 1997 to 2001 working families fell farther behind. Read more

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