A new type of energy-efficient construction is drawing attention in the U.S. It’s called “passive housing” – residences built to achieve ultra-low energy use. It’s so efficient that developers can eliminate central heating systems altogether.
It's been nearly nine years since Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac got into financial trouble and had to be placed in conservatorship. The mortgage giants needed a cash infusion of $188 billion, and they got it from the U.S. Treasury.
Homes in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and Suffolk County, Long Island, are getting more affordable. That’s according to the data mining company ATTOM, which compared home affordability rates of hundreds of counties across the country.