Lois Johnson, founder/CEO, United Security Financial Corp As America commemorates the 50th year of the Fair Housing Act, the unfortunate numbers have been repeated often: “The gap between White and Black homeownership is wider now than it was in 1960,” PBS reported earlier this year. The reasons vary. In a nutshell, redlining, credit issues, and plain old race discrimination have been blamed for the homeownership disparity that partially results in the median net worth of White American families being 10 times greater than Black Americans, according to the New York Times. But America does not lack those who, not only monitor such statistics but those who feel a charge to bring fairness and equality to the unjust situation that the numbers reveal. Lois Johnson, founder/CEO of United Security Financial Corp, is one of those people who recognize the crisis in Black homeownership and are determined to do her part to rectify it. The former real estate sales agent and full-time … [Read more...] about A Teacher Emerges Amid Black Home-Ownership Crisis
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DAVID AXELROD tells DAVID LETTER MAN why the presidential seal dropped off the podium as President Obama spoke Tuesday night: “Witchcraft.” Video http://bit.ly/bWwcpx BEHIND THE CURTAIN: A GOP ad that shows a couple of guys at the counter of a diner, wearing ball caps and plaid shirts as they take shots at West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D), was shot with actors, from a script, in Philly. And it turns out that "real people" in political ads are often fake. “We are going for a ‘Hicky’ Blue Collar look,” read the talent agency's casting call for the NRSC independent-expenditure ad. “These characters are from West Virginia so think coal miner/trucker looks.” Story Continued Below --“Clothing Suggestions” included jeans, work boots, flannel shirt, denim shirt, “Dickie’s [sic] type jacket with t-shirt underneath,” down-filled vest, “John Deer [sic] hats (not brand new, preferably beat up),” … [Read more...] about TOP HRC AIDE: ‘STAY TUNED FOR 2016’ – EXCLUSIVE: CASTING CALL FOR GOP AD REQUESTS ‘HICKY’ W.VA. ATTIRE – Richard Wolffe title: ‘Revival’ – Purdum on McCain
2016 WATCH – Gov. Christie is on the cover of TIME as “THE BOSS: After Hurricane Sandy and a GOP meltdown, Chris Christie is the master of disaster.” http://ti.me/HKI7 --Christie approval: “Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind finds that … 73% of registered voters … approve of the job he’s doing as governor … This is the second highest approval rating … for Governor Christie. His best rating came … in the days after Hurricane Sandy, when PublicMind registered … 77 … Governor Christie’s strong public support extends across virtually all demographic groups, including Democrats (62%), non-whites (69%), women (70%), and those who reside in public employee households (62%). These are groups who have historically proven a tough sell for Republican governors.” Story Continued Below MARK LEIBOVICH’s takedown of D.C. incest, “This Town,” will be out April 23 from Blue Rider … [Read more...] about 12 days to inauguration — OBAMA 2.0: HAGEL STARTS TOUGHER LINE WITH CONGRESS — Va. may raise sales tax — Beyoncé, James Taylor, Kelly Clarkson to sing at swearing-in — Maureen Dowd on RG3
By Mike Allen (@mikeallen; [email protected]) and Daniel Lippman (@dlippman; [email protected]) Good Tuesday morning from Orlando, the happiest place on earth. SNEAK PEEK: “Girls” star Lena Dunham, who has a huge following with women in their 20s, interviews Hillary Clinton in the inaugural issue of Lenny, an email newsletter from Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner: Story Continued Below DUNHAM: “We’re all very curious at Lenny about what your passions outside of the political arena are. And we brought with us some very Instagram-worthy photographs of you during that time in your life.” HILLARY: “Oh my gosh! Look at that! ... [T]his is me at one of my favorite places in college, which was the lake that we had on campus. I just adored it. I would swim illegally every chance I got. It was just a real center for my experience in college. “This is me and two of my friends, who were debating some of the issues of the day. ... And we were talking … [Read more...] about POLITICO Playbook, presented by the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) – WHAT HILLARY TOLD LENA DUNHAM – TRUMP’S FOCUS GROUP — AUSTIN BARBOUR to Jeb – THE GAVEL: Politico pop-up blog on House leadership fight – ED GILLESPIE running for Va. gov.
Last Updated Oct 5, 2009 5:42 PM EDT Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines: more than 1.4 million people actively serve in those four branches of the military, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Throw in the nearly 24 million veterans and you've got a large population of potential homebuyers, a population that the U.S. government has tried to encourage with different real estate programs for veterans. The best known of these, started in 1944, are VA loans, a guarantee program that has helped, according to the Veterans Administration, 18 million buyers. More recently, however, the VA Home Loan program has run into problems. "Military Homebuyers Find VA Loans a Roadblock," a piece by Carolyn Said in today's San Francisco Chronicle, notes that having a VA Loan can actually hurt foreclosure bidders. The reasons, as Said explains in her trenchant piece, are two-fold. One is that a lot of foreclosures are cash sales (I translate this as meaning they're being bought by investors rather than … [Read more...] about Basic Training for Military Homebuyers