Home Ownership and Wealth
Jul 20, 2006 — Buying real estate — or even taking a look at what's on the market — means dealing with a new and sometimes confusing vocabulary. May Ling of White House Properties, a real estate firm in Los Angeles, defines some common real estate terms.
Jul 20, 2006 — Is gentrification a bad word or a good influence? Lance Freeman, an assistant professor at Columbia University, talks with Farai Chideya about his new book exploring the gentrification of two predominately black neighborhoods in New York City — Manhattan's Harlem and Brooklyn's Clinton Hill.
Jul 20, 2006 — Residents of Leimert Park, a predominantly black neighborhood in Los Angeles, are fighting over class interests, commercial development and the best way to preserve a black community.
Jul 20, 2006 — Gentrification is happening in cities across the country. And nowhere is this more evident than in New York City's neighborhoods. Commentator Betty Baye says areas that used to be dominated by street gangs are now run by a new syndicate: upwardly mobile Manhattanites looking for affordable housing. Baye is a columnist with The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky.
Jul 19, 2006 — Technology contributor Mario Armstrong talks with Farai Chideya about how the Internet can help with real estate transactions. Mario also covers technology for Baltimore-area NPR member stations WYPR and WEAA.
Jul 19, 2006 — The roundtable focuses on buying your first home. Farai Chideya is joined by Marguerita Torres, of the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA). The NACA works to pair low- and middle-income homebuyers with low-cost loans. Rose Alexander of Los Angeles just bought a home through NACA, and Leford Hackett of Van Nuys, Calif., has almost completed the purchase of an apartment complex.
Jul 19, 2006 — Excessive fees, loan flipping, variable interest rates, there are many ways a lender can make a killing off your mortgage. Farai Chideya asks Keith Corbett and Azeem Ali how to protect yourself from bad lending practices. Corbett works for the Center for Responsible Lending, and Ali is a foreclosure specialist with Pacific Coast Capital.
Jul 19, 2006 — Before you sign on that dotted line, make sure you've read and understand your home loan. If not, you could be in for a long and costly ride. Barbara Anderson of Cleveland, Ohio, fell victim to a predatory lender and nearly lost everything. She tells her story in her own words.
Jul 18, 2006 — For the first part of a three-part series about real estate, we get a big-picture view of the market from economist Julianne Malveaux and Nicolas Retsinas, of Harvard University. Harvard recently released its State of the Nation's Housing report.
Jul 18, 2006 — Should you buy a home in a safe zone? Keep renting in a "danger zone?" Get into the market now, and start building equity? Shawn Tully of Fortune magazine examines the realities of some of the more volatile real estate markets in America with Farai Chideya.