housing http://kvpr.org en Prop 41 Would Create 'Supportive' Housing for Homeless Veterans http://kvpr.org/post/prop-41-would-create-supportive-housing-homeless-veterans <p class="p1">A California ballot measure before voters next month would redirect $600 million of pre-approved funds to build housing for low income and homeless veterans. Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento.&nbsp;</p><p class="p2"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Forty-eight year-old Matthew </span>Meissner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says when one thing goes downhill, everything else follows. He became disabled in 2009, stopped working, moved in with family, then last year, found himself sleeping wherever he could in Sacramento. &nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 22:13:06 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 32805 at http://kvpr.org Prop 41 Would Create 'Supportive' Housing for Homeless Veterans Homeowner Bill of Rights Gets Mixed Reviews Nearly One Year On http://kvpr.org/post/homeowner-bill-rights-gets-mixed-reviews-nearly-one-year <p class="p1">California’s Homeowners Bill of Rights is nearly a year old and both banks and groups representing distressed homeowners say the legislation intended to help distressed mortgage holders is a bit of a mixed bag.</p><p class="p1">Maurice Weeks is with the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment. He says provisions in the law have helped slow the state’s foreclosure rate.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 14:49:00 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 23412 at http://kvpr.org Homeowner Bill of Rights Gets Mixed Reviews Nearly One Year On California Legislators Push For Short Sale Tax Relief http://kvpr.org/post/california-legislators-push-short-sale-tax-relief <p></p><p>There’s a push in the California legislature to provide tax relief for struggling homeowners who are forced into short sales.&nbsp; As Marianne Russ reports from Sacramento, the new legislation has bipartisan support.</p><p>A Democratic state Senator introduced the bill, and Republican Senator Joel Anderson has signed on as a co-author.&nbsp; He says homeowners going through a short sale need help.</p><p>"Let’s not kick them when they’re down," says Anderson.</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 19:22:39 +0000 Marianne Russ 10082 at http://kvpr.org California Legislators Push For Short Sale Tax Relief On Valley Edition: Armen Bacon "Griefland"; Homeless No More; Fresno Public Market http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-armen-bacon-griefland-homeless-no-more-fresno-public-market <p>Today on Valley Edition, we talk with local author Armen Bacon about her new book <a href="http://www.griefland.com/">"Griefland"</a> and learn how a friendship grew out of the tragic loss of her son. We'll also talk about how tragic circumstances can change lives.&nbsp;Peter Nazaretian, a licensed marriage and family therapist, also joins our discussion.</p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 19:47:22 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 9128 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Armen Bacon "Griefland"; Homeless No More; Fresno Public Market Foreclosure Process Speeds Up in California http://kvpr.org/post/foreclosure-process-speeds-california <p>Banks are speeding up the home foreclosure process in California, according to data out today. But one analyst says the process may start to slow down again.</p><p>It took lenders an average of 335 days, or about 11 months to complete the foreclosure process on California properties in the third quarter.</p><p>Daren Blomquist with foreclosure listing service RealtyTrac says that was down three percent from the previous quarter and an eight percent drop from a year ago.</p><p>"These foreclosures, if they’re going to happen, it’s better that it’s more like a band-aid that you rip off."</p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 15:29:18 +0000 Steve Milne 5294 at http://kvpr.org Foreclosure Process Speeds Up in California RealtyTrac: California Leads Nation In Flipped Homes http://kvpr.org/post/realtytrac-california-leads-nation-flipped-homes <p>Data out today show a big spike in the rate of California homes purchased and resold within six-months.</p><p>People in the real estate business call it “flipping.”</p><p>“Flipping is the process of buying a home or other property, usually at a discounted price, improving that property through rehab and repairs and then reselling that.”</p><p>Daren Blomquist is with RealtyTrac. The research firm has released new nationwide figures on flipped properties.</p><p>“Not surprisingly the state with the most flips in the first-half of 2012 was California with nearly 26,000.”</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 00:58:03 +0000 Steve Milne 4246 at http://kvpr.org RealtyTrac: California Leads Nation In Flipped Homes Foreclosures Drop, But Still Remain High http://kvpr.org/post/foreclosures-drop-still-remain-high <p>Foreclosure-related home sales fell 10 percent in California during the second-quarter compared to last year. But repossessions still accounted for a big percentage of homes sold. Listing service RealtyTrac says four out of every 10 California homes sold between April and June were foreclosures.</p><p>Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac’s Vice-President said that number, "is extremely high. We’d expect to see less than 5 percent of all sales be foreclosure-related in a normal, healthy market."</p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 18:58:16 +0000 Steve Milne 3183 at http://kvpr.org Foreclosures Drop, But Still Remain High HUD Secretary Donovan Visits Fresno, Touts Refinancing Progress http://kvpr.org/post/hud-secretary-donovan-visits-fresno-touts-refinancing-progress <p></p><p> The nation's top housing official visited Fresno today to generate support for the Obama administration's efforts to stem the foreclosure crisis.&nbsp;</p><p>Shaun Donovan, Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development met with homeowners and members of the media today, saying that preventing foreclosures is key to stabilizing property values and boosting the economy.</p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 00:33:33 +0000 Joe Moore 2668 at http://kvpr.org HUD Secretary Donovan Visits Fresno, Touts Refinancing Progress On Valley Edition: HUD Secretary Donovan & Jim Costa; Sikh Community; New Horizons http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-hud-secretary-donovan-jim-costa-sikh-community-new-horizons <p> On this week's Valley Edition, we talk with U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan and Congressman Jim Costa about the nation's on-going housing crisis, and possible solutions. Donovan is visiting Fresno to talk about the Obama administration's Home Affordable Refinancing Program (HARP) and another set of proposals from the President involving housing issues. Tue, 21 Aug 2012 02:21:45 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 2604 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: HUD Secretary Donovan & Jim Costa; Sikh Community; New Horizons On Valley Edition: Air Pollution and Dementia Linked; Mortgage Counseling; Highway 152 http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-air-pollution-and-dementia-linked-mortgage-counseling-highway-152 <p>On this week&#39;s Valley Edition we talk about a new study that links dementia and air pollution, a new program that aims to help people stay in their homes, and a plan to make Highway 152 a toll road.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Valley Edition for February 21, 2012:</strong></p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 22:45:23 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1160 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Air Pollution and Dementia Linked; Mortgage Counseling; Highway 152