Title Tip: How Will The Federal Government Shutdown Affect Your Closing?

By Contributor / January 2, 2019 / 0 Comments

By Lydia Blair Special Contributor In case you’ve been out of touch lately, we’re experiencing a federal government shutdown. The U.S. government doesn’t shut down too often. But when it does, there is a ripple effect. Some areas feel the effects more than others. We shouldn’t feel it too much in the title business unless […]

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Study Reveals Effects of Latest HUD Assistance Policy Proposals

By Jon Anderson / June 8, 2018 / 0 Comments

Being poor is no picnic in a thousand little ways. People give the poor grief for using food stamps to buy junk food and sugary drinks. And now, a study using data from the New York State Department of Health hints at a partial reason: Food manufacturers know food stamps are issued monthly and typically […]

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Jon Anderson: As Housing Prices Become Painful For Everyone, Federal Legislation Aims to Squeeze the Poor

By Jon Anderson / May 1, 2018 / 7 Comments

One would think that growing up in a poor and broken home would inform your worldview towards empathy later in life. But no, apparently it’s just like parents’ age-old freak-out on sex education that forgets their own terrible first experiences on the topic. It’s almost like hazing theory: “If I had to go through it, […]

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The Possible Dream: You Can Buy A New Home in Dallas County For Under $100K

By Lifestylist® Suzanne Felber / March 8, 2017 / 5 Comments

There’s been a lot of talk lately about affordable and low-income housing in Dallas, and we are happy to share that’s it’s still a possible dream to own a new home in Dallas County for under $100,000.  You just have to be open to a housing resource that has been around for years, but is […]

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Trump Cancels Mortgage Premium Cut: Will DFW Feel the Pain?

By Heather Hunter / January 25, 2017 / 0 Comments

On Friday afternoon, just hours after swearing in, President Donald Trump suspended a Federal Housing Authority (FHA) mortgage premium rate cut issued by former President Barack Obama earlier in the month. The quarter-point cut would have taken effect on January 27. An FHA loan, with its low down payment and less stringent credit score requirements, […]

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Showing Your Work: Does Affordable Housing Always Mean More Crime?

By Bethany Erickson / October 6, 2015 / 8 Comments

After someone sent me a story about the mindset behind a certain email circulating regarding Highland Park ISD’s bond election, you know what stuck out to me? Besides the fact that it felt like a prop from recent HBO miniseries “Show Me a Hero,” which unspooled the whole mess Yonkers, N.Y., found itself in regarding […]

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