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Commentary
6:00 am
Fri November 28, 2014

A House Made of Straw

Bob Brecha's strawbale house
Credit Bob Brecha

When University of Dayton professor Bob Brecha and his wife decided to have a home built awhile back, they were intrigued by the idea of having straw as the key ingredient; stacks of it, covered by mud plaster. And if that sounds flimsy, possibly cold, listen to his story of the making of a strawbale house in Yellow Springs.

 

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Housing
11:25 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Study: White Neighborhoods Get Better Treatment On Foreclosures Than Neighborhoods Of Color

An under-maintained home in primarily black part of West Dayton.
Credit Miami Valley Fair Housing

Cities in Ohio and around the country are continuing to recover from the housing bust, but some neighborhoods may be having an easier time than others. A new study by the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) finds banks are doing a better job with upkeep on foreclosed homes in white neighborhoods than neighborhoods of color.

NFHA worked with groups in 29 metro areas, including Dayton and Toledo, to inspect thousands of bank-owned homes.

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The Economy & Business
6:44 am
Wed January 15, 2014

New Mortgage Rules In Effect This Week Get Mixed Reviews

 A complex new set of rules designed to limit risky loans is in place as of this week for mortgage bankers. The regulations were developed in response to the 2008 financial crisis.

That 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law was, among other things, supposed to make it harder for banks to issue mortgages fast and loose.

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The Economy & Business
6:00 am
Mon December 16, 2013

How Do You Buy Up A Vacant Property In Dayton? WYSO Curious Investigates

Dave Chesar of Oakwood scoped out this house on Wayne.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Recently Dave Chesar of Oakwood heard a story we did about the 6,000 abandoned properties in Dayton.

"At the end of the piece it said that the one thing that needs to happen is people need to start purchasing the properties," Chesar said. So he wondered: how do you actually do that? Who do you call? Is there a list? "Who really is the person, or group that can kind of transform those 6,000 vacant and distressed properties into properties that have a name, price and location?"

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The Economy & Business
6:00 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Hedge Fund-Backed Rental Company Wins Back $184,000 From Huber Heights City Budget

Property values in Montgomery County have declined since the Recession, making purchases like the Huber Homes cheaper for investors.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Last month WYSO reported that an Illinois-based hedge fund had purchased about one in eleven homes in the town of Huber Heights. The company made national news by asking Montgomery County to reduce its property taxes by over a million dollars. Now the results are in—and they weren’t as hard on the local budget as expected.

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