Prices rising slower in ‘Opportunity Zones’; Habitat’s $2.62B impact in fiscal 2019; Reggora welcomes new execs

Prices rising slower in ‘Opportunity Zones’; Habitat’s $2.62B impact in fiscal 2019; Reggora welcomes new execs

HOME PRICES ROSE MORE THAN 10% IN 890 or slightly more than half of the Opportunity Zones - established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs act of 2017 to spur affordable housing and redevelopment in lower-income communities through tax credits. At 58%, the Midwest has the highest portion of Zones with a median home price of less than $150,000; followed by…

OVER THE PAST YEAR, THE HABITAT FOR HUMANITY International U.S. affiliates and state support organizations nationwide collectively invested $1.55 billion in homebuilding and repair operations - helping over 33,000 individuals achieve homeownership and directly employed 18,062 staff members…

REGGORA RECENTLY APPOINTED MORTGAGE INDUSTRY VETERAN Paul Deeley as chief financial officer, “overseeing all financial, legal, operational, and human resource functions. Emma Brudner joined the team last week as head of people strategy to…


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#NEXTraordinary People: Julie Lane

#NEXTraordinary People: Julie Lane

JULIE LANE HAS “COMPLETED” 10 MARATHONS. She’s very precise about it. Not “run.” Not “raced” in. But completed. She’s telling me this like I’m going to go back and check the footage or something. But that’s not it at all. It’s just that she has a thing for very precise information. It’s all about having good data. (That’s just the way she is.)

So she tells me that she did not, in fact, run all 26.2 miles of those 10 marathons. Nope, that’s not what happened. Non-stop running did not occur. She “definitely ran some, but there was a lot of walking in there, too.” And just to make sure I totally got her approach, she says: “I never run for ‘times’ but rather for the goal and the love of running and training…

#NEXTraordinary People: Keosha Burns

#NEXTraordinary People: Keosha Burns

KEOSHA BURNS IS A TOTAL EXTROVERT. SHE LOVES THE BIG CITY. Even her dog is a big city kind of guy. They found their happy place in the heart of New York City.
That is, until the pandemic hit. Now, New York City is locked down tight. So, they are taking a break down south. On March 14, Burns and her French Bulldog, Winston Charles IV, headed to Charlottesville, Virginia, to find a little breathing room, away from the pandemic. We reached her on April 9, on her cell, out in the garden, working remotely.

Like most of us she’s been living life under quarantine, far from New York, in a strange state (geographically speaking), missing the buzz of the big city.
When they are home, Winston, a 3-year old, 31-pound Frenchie, loves his walks in Marcus Garvey Park (where he’s something of a celebrity.) On good days (say, two/three months ago), they would stroll down 125thStreet near their place, past the Whole Foods, on the way to the park.

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