Housing http://wesa.fm en Report: Pittsburgh's Housing Market Among the Nation's Most Stable http://wesa.fm/post/report-pittsburghs-housing-market-among-nations-most-stable <p>Pittsburgh has one of the most stable housing markets in the country, according to a new report.</p><p>The study, conducted by Zillow Real Estate on behalf of Bloomberg.com, listed Pittsburgh as having the second most stable housing market behind Buffalo. Louisville, Nashville and Raleigh rounded out the top five.</p><p>Analyzing housing prices from 1979 to the present, Zillow and Bloomberg used a five year rolling average to calculate changes in home prices to establish a risk of loss percentage.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 31954 at http://wesa.fm Report: Pittsburgh's Housing Market Among the Nation's Most Stable Senate Mulls Plan To Boost Affordable Housing http://wesa.fm/post/senate-mulls-plan-boost-affordable-housing <p>Affordable housing hasn’t been an agenda-topper for state lawmakers this year faced with too many line items and not enough money. But a bipartisan group of senators are backing a plan that could boost residential housing stock by letting the real estate market do the heavy lifting. &nbsp;<br /><br />The state’s one percent tax on real estate transfers is being eyed as a way to pay for it.<br /> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:00:36 +0000 Mary Wilson 30796 at http://wesa.fm Peduto Part of Group of Mayors Battling Homelessness Among Veterans http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-part-group-mayors-battling-homelessness-among-veterans <p>Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is one of a group of more than 75 Mayors and county officials who’ve signed on to a nation-wide plan to end homelessness among those who’ve served in the military. First Lady Michelle Obama this week kicked off the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.</p><p>“It really is a call to mayors and other elected officials to focus their attention on veterans who are homeless in our communities,” said Jane Vincent, regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Philadelphia.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 21:13:14 +0000 Deanna Garcia 30472 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Housing Survey Details Ownership Rates, Neighborhood Diversity http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-housing-survey-details-ownership-rates-neighborhood-diversity <p>“Obviously beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” concludes Jeff Fraser, senior editor for the benchmarking agency PittsburghTODAY, which asked Pittsburghers to assess the condition of their homes.</p><p>“When people rate their own homes, they tend to rate them much higher than the city does,” Fraser said. But when we also asked people to rate the conditions of the houses and buildings in their neighborhood other than their own, they tend to be a much harsher critic of their neighbors’ homes and buildings.”</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 11:48:54 +0000 Kevin Gavin 29746 at http://wesa.fm A Growing Need for Affordable Housing & Sustainable Communities http://wesa.fm/post/growing-need-affordable-housing-sustainable-communities <p>Many Pittsburgh neighborhoods are experiencing a resurgence in new development. As new homes and businesses take shape, affordability is crucial in some low-income areas, such as Uptown and Hazelwood.</p><p>Linda Metropulos is Director of Housing and Neighborhood Development at Action Housing, a non-profit that uses sustainable design to build affordable communities. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 21:59:55 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 22879 at http://wesa.fm A Growing Need for Affordable Housing & Sustainable Communities Pittsburgh Housing Market Continues Upward Trend http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-housing-market-continues-upward-trend <p>More homes sold in the Pittsburgh area last month than a year ago, and they were scooped up more quickly — at higher prices.</p><p>That’s according to the West Penn Multi-List which reports that in the 13-county region, 3,817 residential homes were sold last month, up 14.7 percent from August 2012. Those homes were on the market for 72 days compared to 82 days a year ago, and the average sales price rose 2.6 percent to nearly $178,000.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 17:21:48 +0000 Pat Higgins 16409 at http://wesa.fm Pilot Program Seeks to Help Allegheny Co. Families Deal with Energy Costs http://wesa.fm/post/pilot-program-seeks-help-allegheny-co-families-deal-energy-costs <p>A pilot program in Allegheny County seeks to keep families in their homes by lowering their energy bills.<br><br>The Energy Efficiency Foreclosure Prevention Initiative (EEFPI) is a partnership between the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), ACTION-Housing, Inc. and four area utility companies.<br> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 21:15:30 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 6820 at http://wesa.fm Pilot Program Seeks to Help Allegheny Co. Families Deal with Energy Costs Federal Housing Regulators Clarify Anti-Discrimination Policy http://wesa.fm/post/federal-housing-regulators-clarify-anti-discrimination-policy <p>The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued a new rule regarding the enforcement of the Federal Fair Housing Act and instances of discriminatory impact. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:44:57 +0000 Deanna Garcia 1262 at http://wesa.fm