Most Americans live in areas where renting is cheaper than buying

Across the U.S., buying a home is cheaper than renting in the majority of housing markets, however most Americans live in areas where renting is still cheaper than buying. Renting has clearly become the lesser of two housing affordability evils in many major population centers, with renting more affordable than buying in 76% of counties that have a population of 1 million or more.
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Homeowners and appraisers close 2017 more in agreement than in the past 2 years

As 2017 came to a close, homeowners continued to estimate their home prices below appraised values, however they were more in agreement than anytime in the past two years. Quicken Loans shows after a drop at the beginning of 2017, appraised values and homeowner estimates have continued to edge closer together, narrowing the gap.
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Urban Institute calls out shortfalls in federal housing assistance

In a time when only one in five eligible renter households actually receive federal assistance, any reduction to federal funding for public housing or vouchers threatens the well-being of millions of low-income households, the Urban Institute claims in its new report. But the Urban Institute claims that despite the strong need, there are still “shortfalls” in federal housing assistance.
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Black Knight’s Chip McAvoy elected to Real Estate Standards Organization board

Black Knight recently announced Chip McAvoy, vice president and real estate market leader for Black Knight’s Data & Analytics division, was elected to the Real Estate Standards Organization’s board of directors for 2018. In his new position, McAvoy will represent technology companies with annual revenue greater than $25 million.
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