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UNC Center for Community Capital executive director speaks at American Mortgage Conference

Affordable Homeownership, Mortgage Finance

Raleigh, N.C. – UNC Center for Community Capital executive director Janneke Ratcliffe joined a panel of other national experts discussing risk and mortgage finance today (Sept. 19) at the N.C. Bankers Association-hosted American Mortgage Conference, held Sept. 18-20 in Raleigh. Ratcliffe was among panelists discussing “Risk Retention and QRM.” The panel was moderated by Jim Bennison, senior vice president of Genworth Mortgage Insurance. Other panelists were  Robert Gaither, senior vice … Continued

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Center research director presents affordable homeownership findings at FDIC symposium

Affordable Homeownership, Housing Policy, Impacts of Homeownership, Mortgage Finance

Arlington, Va.  – UNC Center for Community Capital research director Mark Lindblad offered insights into the economic decisions made by households that are under financial constraints today at a Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Consumer Research Symposium. Lindblad joined other national housing experts for one of two panels at the symposium, Financial Behavior in Turbulent Times. The event convened researchers, economists and policy experts from FDIC and other government agencies and … Continued

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CCC graduate research assistant wins scholarship award from N.C. ArcGIS Users Group

Carolina Beach, N.C. – UNC Center for Community Capital graduate research assistant Kevin Park was honored today with a 2011 North Carolina ArcGIS Users Group (NCAUG) Student Scholarship Award. Park received $500 and the opportunity to present his research at the NCAUG 2011 Fall Conference. Park presented research findings on the effect of anti-predatory lending laws on mortgage application volume using a geographic-based research design. He also showcased the interactive … Continued

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UNC Center for Community Capital executive director speaks on GSE reform

Affordable Homeownership, Mortgage Finance

Washington, D.C.  – UNC Center for Community Capital executive director Janneke Ratcliffe joins other national housing finance experts Sept. 12 to discuss the future role of government-sponsored enterprises in U.S. housing finance. The Roosevelt Institute-hosted panel discussion, “The Government’s Role in Housing Policy,” will be held at the Capitol Hill Visitors Center in Washington, D.C. Panelists will discuss the role of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the financial crisis, … Continued

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UNC Center for Community Capital director speaks at Federal Reserve Board housing forum

Affordable Homeownership, Mortgage Finance

Washington, D.C. – UNC Center for Community Capital director Roberto G. Quercia joins a panel of national experts Sept. 1 for a Federal Reserve Board forum to examine the future of the housing market. Quercia will speak on “The Decision to Own: Smart Leverage or Unnecessary Risk?” The panel will examine lessons learned from the foreclosure crisis and the implications for lending broadly as well as to low-income and low-asset … Continued

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UNC Center for Community Capital-supported N.C. Asset Alliance named lead state organization for CFED’s new national Assets & Opportunity Network

Consumer Protections, Debt & Credit, Financial Inclusion, Savings & Asset-Building

Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina Assets Alliance has been approved as the “lead state organization” for CFED’s Assets & Opportunity Network, a new national network to promote economic opportunity and expand wealth. As the lead state organization, the Alliance will serve as the key state partner for CFED’s work in advocating for and implementing asset-based strategies. The UNC Center for Community Capital is a member of the Alliance, and … Continued

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UNC Center for Community Capital researcher reports on links between homeownership and mental health

Affordable Homeownership, Impacts of Homeownership

Las Vegas, Nev. – UNC Center for Community Capital research associate Kim Manturuk presented findings on links between homeownership and mental health this week at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nev. The conference focused on the theme, “Social Conflict: Multiple Dimensions and Arenas.” Manturuk’s presentation, “Linking Social Disorganization, Urban Homeownership, and Mental Health,” reported on research which examined whether homeownership increased trust and perceptions of control. … Continued

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New book by UNC researchers tells what really caused the foreclosure crisis and how to rebuild a sound, sustainable U.S. housing finance system

Affordable Homeownership, Default, Bankruptcy, & Foreclosure, Mortgage Finance

Chapel Hill, N.C. – As the nation works to restore a vibrant housing market, a new book by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill tells what really caused the foreclosure crisis and how to rebuild a safe and sustainable U.S. housing finance system. “Our study of 46,000 low-income families who received home loans and managed to repay them during the worst housing crisis in our nation’s … Continued

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UNC Center for Community Capital researcher speaks on health research methods at national conference

Other, Research Design

Durham, N.C.  – UNC Center for Community Capital research associate Kim Manturuk advised health researchers at a national conference on key issues to consider when selecting research samples to minimize bias in their findings. Key among them, Manturuk said: Researchers should be conscious of how sample selection problems can bias the results of causal models. Techniques that match treatment and control observations include propensity score analysis, Mahalinobis metric matching and … Continued

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UNC Center for Community Capital research featured in new book on mortgage crisis

Affordable Homeownership, Default, Bankruptcy, & Foreclosure, Mortgage Finance

Chapel Hill, N.C. – A new book on the U.S. housing finance system features data and analysis by two UNC Center for Community Capital researchers. Senior research economist Sarah Riley and center director Roberto Quercia collaborated on research described in the chapter, “Navigating the Housing Downturn and Financial Crisis: Home Appreciation and Equity Accumulation Among Community Reinvestment Homeowners.” Their work appears with others in “The American Mortgage System: Crisis and … Continued