Friday, August 13, 2010

Around the Block: Weekly Round Up, From Down South to the District Edition

Workforce Housing Tops Agenda Yesterday, NHC and the National Association of REALTORS® hosted a forum on workforce housing in Austin, TX. The Bring Workers Home Forum brought together over 100 local, state and national housing leaders in Austin to identify effective solutions to workforce housing challenges facing the southwest region. We would like to thank all those who participated in the event, as well as the following event sponsors for making the forum a success: Austin Board of REALTORS®; Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; International Economic Development Council; and the Metropolitan Planning Council.

Talk of the Town
The White House announced 12 panelists for Tuesday’s, August 17, government-sponsored conference next week that will kick off efforts to overhaul national housing policy. Tuesday’s conference will feature two panels on housing reform held by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan. Some say consumer and community groups are noticeably absent from the panel.

Uncharted Territory According to mortgage giant, Freddie Mac, on Thursday mortgage rates were lower than at any time since it began tracking them in 1971. New lows have resulted in the ignition of homeowner refinancing.

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