October 4th, 2010 12:55 PM by Lehel S.
food for thought...............
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury today released the September edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard (www.hud.gov/scorecard), a comprehensive report on the nation's housing market. The latest housing figures show continued signs of stabilization in house prices. Although existing and new home sales declined in July, recent data shows housing starts rebounded in August.
"Over the last 17 months, the Obama Administration has taken comprehensive action to keep interest rates at record lows, provide incentives to responsible homebuyers, and help millions of families stay in their homes," said HUD Assistant Secretary Raphael Bostic. "But we're certainly not going to stop fighting to turn things around. That's why we are focusing on successfully implementing the programs we have put in place, such as additional assistance on refinancing and helping unemployed homeowners stay in their homes, and will continue to monitor the market closely in case more is needed."
"We've been steadily enhancing our programs to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure," said Treasury Assistant Secretary for Financial Stability Herb Allison. "We understand that the foreclosure crisis can be highly localized and some regions have seen severe home price declines and faced severe unemployment. As a result, we have announced more than $4 billion for states hit hardest by this crisis. Our goal is to help build a sustainable, long-term housing recovery. As part of that effort, we have delivered critical support to struggling homeowners while the market continues to heal."
The September Housing Scorecard features key data on the health of the housing market including:
Each month, the Housing Scorecard incorporates key housing market indicators and highlights the impact of the Administration's unprecedented housing recovery efforts, including assistance to homeowners through the FHA and HAMP. The Obama Administration's complete Housing Scorecard is available at:www.hud.gov/scorecard.