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Financial Advice for the Holiday Season

Layden Hale Layden Hale Financial Advice for the Holiday Season

In less than 30 days, you will undoubtedly start hearing ads about losing weight. With holiday season spending and debt upon us, shaping up your finances should be another concern. Without question, there are three main questions people have concerning their finances: How do I live within a budget? How do I save money for […]

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New Affordable Homes Going up in Milo-Grogan, City-Owned Lots for Sale

Brent Warren Brent Warren New Affordable Homes Going up in  Milo-Grogan, City-Owned Lots for Sale

Affordable housing nonprofit Homeport has broken ground on the first of what will eventually be 33 new homes in Milo-Grogan. The single-family houses are being constructed on scattered lots east of I-71, on either side of East Fifth Avenue. Meanwhile, the City of Columbus has issued a Request for Proposals for 23 city-owned parcels located […]

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Higher Credit Scoring Could Create More Homebuyers

Layden Hale Layden Hale Higher Credit Scoring Could Create More Homebuyers

When does a minor become a major? You may learn this summer. That is when as many as 12 million Americans could see a slight increase in their credit scores, opening the door for the biggest purchase of their lives – a home. After significant consumer complaints, and pressure from 31 state attorney generals, the […]

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Homeport Building 33 New Homes in Milo-Grogan

Brent Warren Brent Warren Homeport Building 33 New Homes in Milo-Grogan

Despite some uncertainty surrounding the tax credit program that is funding the project, Homeport is moving ahead with plans to build 33 new single family homes in Milo-Grogan. The homes will be lease-purchase, meaning that qualified residents will be eligible to purchase the homes after a 15-year rental period. To qualify to rent the homes, […]

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Uncertainty Surrounding Low Income Housing Tax Credits Impacts Local Projects

Brent Warren Brent Warren Uncertainty Surrounding Low Income Housing Tax Credits Impacts Local Projects

The election of Donald Trump had an immediate impact on a number of affordable housing projects in Columbus — an impact that was felt before he took office and long before any actual policy decisions were made by his new administration. The reason has to do with the central importance of Low Income Housing Tax […]

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Don’t Let ‘Black Friday’ Become ‘Bleak Friday’

Layden Hale and Netta Whitman Layden Hale and Netta Whitman Don’t Let ‘Black Friday’ Become ‘Bleak Friday’

By Layden Hale and Netta Whitman Marketed as “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving could be considered “Bleak Friday” if consumers have not budgeted for holiday spending. The challenge for some has become even greater with the growing retail initiative to open for business on Thanksgiving Day. Ask a family if it has a holiday […]

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Bruce Luecke Tapped as New Homeport CEO

Walker Evans Walker Evans Bruce Luecke Tapped as New Homeport CEO

Nonprofit affordable housing group Homeport announced yesterday afternoon that Bruce Luecke will officially become the organization’s new President and CEO. Luecke has also served in the role as an interim, following the departure of former President and CEO Amy Klaben. “Bruce stepped in during a transitional time, helping us to focus on our new strategic […]

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