Helping Women have a Home for the Holidays

Held on October 26, 2017, the 18th Annual WISEPlace “A Home for the Holidays” took place in Orange, CA celebrating the success stories of women creating better lives. WISEPlace transforms the lives of women every year by providing “safe, affordable transitional housing, healthy meals, financial-empowerment curriculum and employment assistance” helping women escape homelessness and gain independence.

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U.S. Home Prices Continue to Climb

U.S. home prices continued to increase in the third quarter of 2017 by 1.4 percent, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) House Price Index (HPI). The index, which is calculated with home prices from mortgages sold to and guaranteed by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, depicts a 6.5 percent uptick from the third quarter of 2016 to the third quarter of 2017.

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FHFA Announces Increased Loan Limits for Freddie and Fannie in 2018

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced that it will increase the conforming loan limits for mortgages that can be sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2018. The 2018 maximum conforming loan limit for single-family homes will be $453,100, up from $424,100 in 2017.

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Giving Tuesday: Celebrate and Give!

Celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the U.S., Giving Tuesday is a global movement celebrating the power of philanthropy and giving. Since its creation in 2012, the day has leveraged collaboration on a global scale and social media to spread awareness and inspirational stories of people helping one another.

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Women Veteran Entrepreneur Webinar: December 4th, 2017

Erica Courtney, U.S. Army combat veteran and 2020vet CEO, will host an upcoming webinar helping women veteran entrepreneurs take advantage of their resources and leverage their talent and skills for success. Veteran-owned businesses, which number at 2.5 million and employ 5 million people, have tremendous potential for growth, and it is imperative to support these entrepreneurs as they grow their enterprises.

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American Workplace: 35 Percent of Women have been Sexually Harassed or Abused

Thirty-five percent of American women, and nine percent of men, have been sexually harassed or abused in the workplace, according to a new poll by PBS NewsHour, NPR and Marist. These recent findings contribute to the growing movement shining a light on and demanding accountability in sexual assault in America.

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Shop Small on Small Business Saturday, November 25, 2017

Amid the excitement of the holidays and special days for consumers like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we can’t forget Small Business Saturday! Taking place the Saturday after Thanksgiving, it is a day to patronize and celebrate our small businesses and all that they mean and contribute to communities across the country. Join NAWRB in shopping at a small business this weekend.

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Nigeria’s Women’s Bobsled Team Makes History, Qualifies for 2018 Winter Olympics

“We are the Jamaican bobsled team!” This may have started playing in your head as soon as you read the title of this post. Far from a childhood Disney movie, this story of Nigeria’s Women’s Bobsled Team is groundbreaking. Comprised by Nigerian sprinters Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga, the team has become the first from Africa to qualify for the Winter Olympics in the sport of bobsled.

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More Children Living with only One Parent

According to the new U.S. Census Bureau 2017 America’s Families and Living Arrangements, 25 percent of children under the age of 18 are living with only one parent and the percentage of children living with just their father increased from 12.5 percent in 2007 to 16.1 percent in 2017.

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