housing crisis

Where Home Values Have Plummeted the Most Since the Recession

An uneven geography of disappearing wealth.

Why the Government Now Cares What You Spend on Gas

Affordable housing isn't all that affordable without low-cost transportation. The feds are starting to recognize this.

Behold: The Rental-Backed Security

The investors who brought us mortgage-backed securities are now betting on housing again, with a twist.

Why Eminent Domain Can't Save Broke Cities Like Richmond, California

The very places forced to consider last-ditch solutions for underwater homeowners have problems that are too complex to be easily solved.

How Banks Are Still Discriminating Against Minorities in the Foreclosure Crisis

They're doing a much better job of maintaining and marketing foreclosed homes in white neighborhoods.

Why Wall Street Is Very, Very Angry at Richmond, California, Right Now

One town tries a radical plan to rescue its underwater homeowners.

Our Awkward Housing Recovery

Some good and bad news from a new report on the state of the nation's housing.

Meet the Nation's Toughest New Foreclosure Protection Law

The city of Lynn, Massachusetts, has approved extraordinary measures to shield homeowners and communities from predatory banks.

Why the Feds Agreed to Spend TARP Money on Demolishing Michigan's Empty Buildings

There's admittedly a certain irony in tearing down houses with funds marked to keep people in houses.

The Great Senior Sell-Off Could Cause the Next Housing Crisis

What will happen to empty-nesters when no one wants their nests?

Paris's Power Squatters

How a band of dedicated housing activists got the French government's attention (and participation).

Buy a House, Get a Visa: Coming Soon Everywhere?

Money is increasingly your passport to Europe.

Do Foreclosures Increase Crime After All?

On the heels of a study that showed no link between home closures and crime, new research finds a clear (though modest) connection.

Were Big Banks Guilty of Racial Discrimination in the Housing Crisis?

A lawsuit just filed in New York on behalf of black borrowers in Detroit connects for the first time the housing collapse with civil rights law.

Europe's Great Untapped Revenue Source: Property Taxes

But will they take advantage of it?

Foreclosures Have Caused a Lot of Problems – Crime Isn't One of Them

New research debunks this fear in 142 cities across the U.S.

How Quilting Can Explain the Foreclosure Crisis

Artists like Kathryn Clark are using their work to explore the impacts of America's financial meltdown.

Mapping Housing Misery

A look at which states' housing markets have performed the worst.

The American Dream, Revised

A new exhibit explores radical solutions for the nation's housing woes.