Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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.
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."
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.)
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.
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.
Friday, April 17, 2009
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.
—Wall Street Journal writer Michael Corkery on housing changes