StoryCorps 410: Standing with a Giant

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In his early 20s, Max Starkloff was in a near fatal car accident, which left him quadriplegic and living in a nursing home. One day he came across a young woman who worked there, named Colleen. At StoryCorps in St. Louis, Colleen Kelly Starkloff sat down with her daughter, Meaghan Starkloff Breitenstein, to remember him.


The Takeaway

Why it Might be Time to Refinance Your Mortgage

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The average rate for a 30-year fix-rate mortgage fell to 3.8 percent at the end of last week. Some experts say now is a good time to think about refinancing or buying.


The Takeaway

The Relentless Grip of the Foreclosure Crisis

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Years after foreclosing on a property, former homeowners can't escape the relentless knock of debt collectors.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: What the Blind Can See

Sunday, June 17, 2012

This program features two stories in which houses figure, and represent more than just a domicile.  In Yasunari Kawabata’s “Household,” a husband takes his blind wife to “see”, so to speak, a possible house where they might live.  “To the blind, houses are alive,” she says.  All the Kawabata stories we have presented as part of SELECTED SHORTS are terse, short, haiku-like gems, and this one is no exception.  The reader is Fionnula Flanagan.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Low-Cost Vacation Rental Websites

Friday, August 05, 2011

Laura Michonski, deputy digital editor of Budget Travel Magazine, compares the various vacation rental housing websites.

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The Takeaway

Your Take: Is It Better to Rent or Own?

Monday, June 06, 2011

Housing prices have dropped to nine year lows in most major cities according to last weeks' S&P/Case-Shiller home price index. Over 2 million homes are in foreclosure. What do you think? Listener, Monty says: "We're on the verge of buying a house, but now we're really reluctant." Linda says, "I'm 64 years old and I have rented my whole life. If the hot water tank goes out, the landlady takes care of it, if a tree hits the roof, the landlady takes care of it, I like it like that."


Selected Shorts

What the Blind Can See

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Seeing without sight, and an eccentric family upends a neighborhood.

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The Takeaway

Transportation Costs Make Some Dream Homes Costly Nightmares

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Found your dream home out in the suburbs at a fantastic price?  Well, it may not be as cheap as you think.  According to a new study released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, when you factor in the costs of transportation, only 1/3 of America's neighborhoods are actually considered affordable. (You can look up your own neighborhood in the just-released Housing + Transportation Affordability Index.)


The Takeaway

Homelessness Rising as Winter Sets In

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Some indicators say the U.S. economy is pulling out of its tailspin, but as winter approaches, the number of people who have lost their homes is on the rise. Libby Hayes, executive director of Homes for Families in Boston, says homelessness is a lagging indicator. The economy might be improving, but jobs haven't come back, yet. We're joined by Vannessa LaBarca and James Foresteire, both homeless and having trouble finding work. Steve Berg, from the National Alliance to End Homelessness, says the Obama administration's relief plan is starting to trickle down to families, but it will be a slow process.

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The Takeaway

Leading Indicators: Home Sales on the Rise

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

The National Association of Realtors will release their numbers on pending home sales later this morning; those numbers are predicted to be up for the sixth consecutive month. Louise Story, The New York Times reporter, explains the report.


The Takeaway

Housing numbers spark mostly confusion, some hope

Friday, April 17, 2009

Even for people who work in the real estate markets every day it is hard to tell what way the housing market is heading. New-home construction held steady at almost 11 percent in March, according to government data released yesterday. But foreclosures are up, with nearly 804,000 homes getting a notice in just the first three months of this year. That's a 24 percent increase compared to the same time last year. But other analysts are seeing hope and some first time homebuyers are finding themselves in great positions to buy.

To help us parse the numbers we turned to two experts: Behrooz Shahidi, a realtor in New Jersey, and Michael Corkery, housing reporter for The Wall Street Journal.
"There certainly was just a wild amount of speculate building during the housing boom, and the air has come way out of that bubble. Most builders won't start a home unless they've got a sale."
—Wall Street Journal writer Michael Corkery on housing changes


The New Yorker: Fiction

A. M. Homes reads Shirley Jackson

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A. M. Homes reads Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery."