housing

Right next to the Chicago River on the city's North Side, Lathrop Homes, with its black, white and Latino residents, is considered the city's most diverse public housing.

It's also on the National Register of Historic Places. And with 925 low-rise units on about 30 acres, it's big. But these days, only a fraction of those apartments are occupied.

City of San Antonio

San Antonio is one of the most economically segregated big cities in the country, according to several studies. With certain areas booming for new posh developments, like the Museum Reach area or Southtown, once affordable areas are becoming less so. 

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In the first segment:

It seems these days everyone has a story about their Home Owners Association (HOA), a hair-pulling, eye-rolling, exasperated story. According to the Community Association Institute, an HOA/Community Association advocacy group, more than 63 million Americans live in communities managed by HOAs, which includes 3.4 million Texans. 

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In the first segment:

Recent spikes in interest rates have affected loans for everything from corporate expansion to buying a home. We look at the affect it has had on San Antonio and what the housing market has looked like throughout the economic downturn.  

Joining us is San Antonio Board of Realtors President Angela Shields.

In the second segment:

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In a report from the San Antonio Board of Realtors, the average price of a home has increased over the past three years up to $194,000 as of last month.

Angela Shields, president of the San Antonio Board of Realtors, said the number of days a house is on the market is decreasing, another sign that the market is improving for sellers.

"That number is 90 days, so it's taking less time right now to actually sell a home," Shields said.

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