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Bank:Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis  Series:Community Affairs Report 

Secured transaction codes: an important tool for tribal economic and housing development

There is growing discussion in Indian Country about the benefits of commercial codes. Often referred to as UCCs, they are important tools for enabling and supporting tribal economic and housing development by improving access to commercial and consumer credit. This article lends support to these discussions by explaining what commercial codes - and, more specifically, secured transaction laws - are and what they do. It discusses how secured transaction codes can help lessen or eliminate some of the significant barriers frequently faced by tribes, Native-owned private businesses and Native ...
Community Affairs Report , Paper 2004-1

Accounting for regional migration patterns and homeownership disparities in the Hmong-American refugee community, 1980-2000

Hmong refugees began arriving in significant numbers in the United States in the late 1970s. Compared to typical immigrants, Hmong-Americans came with few financial, labor market, or co-ethnic support factors in favor of their economic success in the United States. Focusing on homeownership as an indicator of economic assimilation, we show that indeed the overall Hmong-American homeownership rate was initially very low but had converged, by 2000, to a level typical for U.S. immigrants of equivalent time in country. Over the same period, however, wide regional gaps in Hmong-American ...
Community Affairs Report , Paper 2008-1

A compilation of state mortgage broker laws and regulations, 1996-2006

This document catalogs and summarizes the basic provisions of licensing and registration policies that govern firms and individuals engaged in mortgage brokering activities in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The intent is to facilitate further research on mortgage broker regulation that can assist state governments in developing legislative priorities that will result in optimal regulatory outcomes.
Community Affairs Report , Paper 2007-2

Targeting foreclosure interventions: an analysis of neighborhood characteristics associated with high foreclosure rates in two Minnesota counties

This study examines the statistical association of foreclosure sales with social, economic and housing variables measured at the Census tract level for two purposes of interest to foreclosure mitigation practitioners - to assess whether it is feasible to identify in advance neighborhoods likely to have high rates of foreclosure, and to explore the socioeconomic traits of high-foreclosure neighborhoods so as to design appropriate mitigation programs. We collected data on foreclosure sales in 2002 from the sheriffs departments of Hennepin and Ramsey counties, the two core counties that comprise ...
Community Affairs Report , Paper 2007-1

A case for post-purchase support programs as part of Minnesota's emerging markets homeownership initiative

The State of Minnesotas Emerging Markets Homeownership Initiative (EMHI) seeks to boost homeownership rates among Minnesotas emerging markets, defined as households of color, non-English speaking households, and households in which English is a second language. Many of the implementation strategies in the EMHI Business Plan address general barriers to homeownership and should increase the number of emerging market households that become first-time homeowners. EMHI doesnt stop there, however. It also recognizes the need to sustain homeownership after initial purchase, in keeping with growing ...
Community Affairs Report , Paper 2005-1




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