Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hispanics suffer in the property market

While the U.S. housing market is recovering, many minorities are not reaping the benefits.

According to the Census Bureau , 75 percent of whites are homeowners, while only 47 percent of Hispanics have their own home.

Hispanic households lost almost half the value of their homes between 2007 and 2010 , according to a new report by the Urban Institute .

Many Hispanics bought their homes just before the recession. As a result , when the housing market crashed , Hispanics were more vulnerable than any other group , falling behind on their mortgages and ending up with a foreclosure.

Banks are another reason why minorities are losing during this recovery . They're doing it harder and more expensive for borrowers to obtain mortgages.

For example , most of the loans are now supported , Freddie Mac Federal Housing Administration and Fannie Mae . These entities sponsored by the government, have made loans more expensive for borrowers who have good credit.

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