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Blockbusting the Big Boys: Bill Would Ban Hedge Funds from Owning Single-Family Homes

The End Hedge Fund Control of American Homes Act is an ambitious attempt to keep private equity's influence out of single-family homes. If passed, the bill will need ownership transparency to be effective.

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Community Control

How to Retrofit the Housing Economy

Are policy changes enough to address the housing problems we face?

An illustration of homes on a conveyor belt going through a machine and coming out as golden homes. Green dollar bills are coming out of the homes. This illustrates the financialization of housing.
Community Control

The Financialization of Housing and Its Implications for Community Development

Over the last two decades homeowners and investors have increasingly treated housing as a financial asset, like stocks or bonds. How has this changed the housing market for the worse, and how can we fix it?

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Financialization

What Is the Financialization of Housing?

It’s a wonky term with real-life consequences. At its most basic level, the “financialization of housing” means treating a home like a financial asset first, and a place to live second. But there are many more perspectives.

Housing

Real Estate Defaults Are Coming. Don’t Waste Them.

Here’s what the federal government should do to grab the opportunity to create affordable housing.

Housing

Losing Nonprofit Control of Tax Credit Housing?

How an ambiguous legal definition is endangering nonprofits’ control of dozens of affordable housing developments in the final years of their tax credit agreements.

Community Development Field

The Great American Fire Sale

Investors have played, and will continue to play, an important role in foreclosure-ravaged communities. What can towns do to ensure investors are responsible, and what role can CDCs play?