The human cost of house flipping in NYC; it’s a ‘land grab,’ advocate says

Behind houses sold by well-coiffed brokers on shows like the popular reality TV series Million Dollar Listing is a much more complicated story: the rise of house flipping throughout New York City that can push affordable homeownership out of reach of most families. A new BuzzFeed News investigation published last December explores the rise of […]

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Aunt Ruth is Looking Out for Her Neighbors. Are You?

Today, we’d like to introduce you to Aunt Ruth — a New Yorker and a good neighbor. You may soon start seeing her at your favorite local coffee shop or bodega, printed on the side of your cup, or on a flyer distributed in your community. She is the new face of our campaign to […]

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9 tips for homeowners recovering from a hurricane

Soon after Superstorm Sandy made landfall in New York City nearly five years ago, we mobilized to respond to the needs of homeowners as they struggled to recover from flooding and damage to their houses. For many, recovery continues to this day. Homeowners and those of us who have worked alongside them have learned lessons […]

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Homeowner Hub evolves with the needs of New York’s communities

On any given day, staff members at the Center for NYC Neighborhoods field phone calls from across the state on everything from reverse mortgages to home repairs. They are the front-line staff of the Center who work at the Homeowner Hub, which has outgrown its roots as a “call center” over the past few years. […]

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2017 Affordable Homeownership Summit

Thought leaders, housing experts, and homeowners will again meet in the heart of New York City for one of the largest conferences in the Northeast dedicated to affordable homeownership. At this year’s summit, we will look to innovations from across the country as inspiration for local solutions. Sessions will touch on financial capability, coastal communities, […]

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Webinar: CFPB Servicing Rule Updates

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its original mortgage servicing rule in 2013 and it was effective January 10, 2014. On August 4, 2016, the CFPB issued updates to the rule, most of which will be effective October 19, 2017. This session will review each update to the rule and the overview will help […]

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New York foreclosure data explained

Real estate data companies are releasing regular reports on the housing market in New York City, sometimes with eye-popping statistics about sudden spikes in foreclosures and high rates of re-default. These reports are great hooks for news stories, and give the media a chance to highlight working- and middle-class families who are still struggling years […]

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Escalations Program

The Escalations Program assists housing counselors in New York State who are experiencing delays or other challenges while seeking mortgage modifications for their clients. As a statewide program funded through the Attorney General’s Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP), Escalations leverages established high-level relationships with banks and mortgage servicers to resolve complex cases as quickly as possible. […]

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Letting go of a home to move forward

Thomas Gillespie spent 20 years as a New York City sanitation worker, saving as much of his salary as he could to finally place a down payment on a home in St. Albans, Queens in 1994. Buying property was a decision to he made to secure his family’s future. Years later, retired and living on […]

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[Counselor’s Corner Webinar] Recovery After Foreclosure

To register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1148451269501942531 The mortgage crisis is just about over in most areas of the country and the housing market is improving. However, there are many former homeowners who lost their properties over the past several years and they still need your help to reclaim their lives after their experiences. There are no “rules” around […]

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