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Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago Awards More Than 23.5 Million Dollars Through Its Competitive Affordable Housing Program

December 2 – The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (FHLBC) has announced that more than $23.5 million was granted through its competitive Affordable Housing Program (AHP) to help finance 39 affordable housing projects located primarily in Illinois and Wisconsin. Click here to view descriptions of the 2016 AHP awards.


Bank of America Expands the Affordable Loan Solution Program to Help Low- and Moderate-Income (LMI) Homebuyers

October 21 – Bank of America, in partnership with Self-Help Ventures Fund and Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC), has announced the doubling of its annual commitment to its Affordable Loan Solution™ mortgage program from $500 million to $1 billion, ensuring continued support for an innovative mortgage program that has provided more than 90 percent of its recipients first-time homeownership financing.


A Champion for Hometown Banks

Dorothy Savarese brings community bank perspective to her new role leading American Bankers Association.

By Toni Lapp

Cape Cod 5 Bank, Orleans, MADorothy Savarese, president and CEO of The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, has never been one to complain.


Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas Awards Nearly $7.8 Million in Affordable Housing Grants

August 12 – The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) has announced that, in partnership with its member financial institutions, it has awarded nearly $7.8 million in Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grants to 27 projects, primarily within its five-state District.


Try This at Home

By Jeff Goble

This is my 151st  investments column for BankNews and it occurred to me recently that I should be starting to figure out this bank investing game. Please read on.


U.S. Bank Launches Community Possible Relay Focused on Work, Home and Play

May 2 – U.S. Bank has announced the official launch of the Community Possible Relay, a nationwide initiative aimed to inspire 153,000+ volunteers across the country to take part in rebuilding and revitalizing their communities. The three-month, 12,000 mile relay will include volunteer activities centered around work, home and play, the three focus areas of the bank’s new corporate giving and volunteer program, Community Possible. The relay will visit 38 communities across 25 states.


Chase, Ally and Simple Bank Take Home Best Bank Honors

April 25 – MyBankTracker has announced the winners of its quarterly Best Bank awards, which recognize the best banks in the U.S. across seven major categories. Chase Bank won the honor of Best National Bank and Ally was judged the nation’s Best Online Bank in Q2 2016. In the Best Mobile App category, Simple took home top pick for its intuitive user experience and broad capabilities. These winners reflect the growing influence that digital and mobile technology have over consumers’ banking preferences.


A Homegrown Banker

RebecaICBA’s incoming chairman grew up in the bank that she now leads.

As a third-generation banker from Taos, N.M., Rebeca Romero Rainey enjoys telling the story of how her family got started in the banking business. It was 1959, and her grandfather, Eliu Romero, applied for a $50 loan to start a fledgling law practice. Never mind that his family had lived in the area for four generations, that he was a Navy veteran or that he had recently received his law degree. He was denied the loan.


Future Homeowners Currently Renting Houses

August 25 – New research from Freddie Mac provides insight into the question of which renters are likely to buy a home: people renting single-family properties (renting a house/townhouse or condo as opposed to those in apartments). In the U.S. about 15 million households rent a single-family house and 25 million rent an apartment, according to U.S. Census Data. (more…)

Millennials Willing to Sacrifice Starbucks Visits, Cable TV to Finance Home Purchase

July 14 – A majority of millennials (ages 24-34) are willing to sacrifice modern day conveniences like cell phones, internet, cable and Starbucks in order to save for a down payment on a home. A new survey from the Collingwood Group shows 65% of millennials polled are somewhat to very likely to give up on at least one of the above to finance a home purchase.


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