Chris Arnold

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Home prices rose faster than ever in 2021. The typical home gained $50,000 in value

Thursday, January 20, 2022

For first time homebuyers it was one of the hardest years ever to afford a house. But homeowners saw tremendous gains in housing wealth.


People hate overdraft fees. Banks are ditching or reducing them

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Capital One says it will stop charging overdraft fees and Bank of America is reducing them. These hefty fees hit people with low incomes the hardest.


22 tips for 2022: When it comes to saving money, a roommate is worth 1,000 coffees

Tuesday, January 04, 2022

If you're looking to overhaul your budget, it's best to focus on bigger categories — like housing or transportation — rather than all the almond milk lattes.


U.S. home prices went through the roof in 2021

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Home prices have been on a tear during the pandemic. A new report out Tuesday shows home prices nationally are up 19% in a single year.


Federal rent money finally got to renters, and eviction filings haven't gone up

Sunday, December 26, 2021

With millions of Americans behind on rent, Congress sent billions of dollars to help, and after some early stumbles, a lot more of that money is now reaching people who need it.


How the government helps investors buy mobile home parks, raise rent and evict people

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Investors and companies are swooping in to buy mobile home parks. They raise fees and rents, and evict people who can't pay — using billions of dollars' worth of low interest, government-backed loans.


In a hot market, you can buy a home with cash — even if you don't have a lot of it

Saturday, December 18, 2021

A cash offer is hard to beat. It used to be that only wealthy people and investors had the money. But now some lenders are helping the rest of us do it too, even if you don't actually have the cash.


Everyday people can buy a house with cash with this new type of loan

Monday, December 06, 2021

A new breed of lenders are helping everyday people make cash offers to buy houses. Cash offers carry clout and sellers are more likely to accept them over offers from people who need a mortgage.


Hey, I want to buy your house: Homeowners besieged by unsolicited offers

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Lots of speculators are jockeying to get in on the hot market. Sometime they call homeowners multiple times a day. It can be an invasive nuisance, or worse.


The blistering housing market has investors calling homeowners with uninvited offers

Friday, November 19, 2021

Homeowners are being besieged by unsolicited texts and phone calls by people seeking to buy their homes. Some are from individual house flippers, while others are from large real estate companies.


Evictions rising even as rental help from Congress reaches millions of people

Thursday, November 11, 2021

It's not the tsunami of evictions that some experts had feared, but eviction filings are rising sharply in many cities. Meanwhile, $47 billion from Congress to help is finally reaching more renters.


Democrats are seeking largest ever investment in affordable housing

Saturday, November 06, 2021

The U.S. is facing its worst affordable housing crisis in generations. The heart of the problem is we just doesn't have enough homes. There's too much demand and not enough supply.


Zillow will stop buying and renovating homes and cut 25% of its workforce

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

The company disclosed Tuesday that it lost about $304 million in the third quarter after purchasing homes at higher prices than it now expects to sell them at.


Evictions rise sharply in places with no pandemic protections for renters

Tuesday, November 02, 2021

After the Supreme Court struck down a federal eviction moratorium, landlords began filing more eviction notices --- despite billions of dollars in aid from Congress that is finally reaching renters.


They didn't pay rent and stole the fridge. Pandemic spawns nightmare tenants

Friday, October 22, 2021

Some landlords got hurt by tenants who took advantage of eviction bans during the pandemic. Now they can't get any help from a massive $47 billion federal rental assistance program.


Why rent help from Congress has been so damn slow getting to people who need it

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Congress approved $47 billion to pay back rent and prevent evictions. But after nearly 10 months, the vast majority of that money has not reached the millions of people who desperately need it.


Planet Money investigates the logjams that keep renters from receiving aid

Friday, October 08, 2021

Millions of Americans are at risk of eviction, and billions of dollars in help from Congress isn't reaching most of them. What's taking so long for people who need rental assistance to get the money?


Most Of The $47 Billion Meant To Prevent Evictions Hasn't Reached Those Who Need It

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Many states have stumbled getting rental assistance from Congress into the hands of people facing eviction. State and local programs are scrambling now that a federal eviction moratorium has ended.


A New Housing Regulator Could Make The American Dream More Accessible For Millions

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Sources tell NPR that the Biden administration is close to announcing its pick to run the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees the $11 trillion mortgage market.


Housing Regulator Nominee Will Have The Power To Reshape Homeownership In America

Friday, September 17, 2021

The Biden Administration may announce the nomination of a key regulator who could direct billions of dollars for down-payment assistance and make more affordable homes available.