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Report: Race still a factor in whether you’re approved or denied a conventional mortgage

Feb 16, 2018

In the 1930s, property assessors graded American cities on a four-point scale, with the worst neighborhoods coded red, giving birth to the term "redlining."
Credit Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America / Creative Commons

Fifty years ago, the practice of barring people from buying houses in certain neighborhoods or declining home loans because of race or ethnicity became unlawful.

But a new investigation finds it’s still happening.

The investigation was conducted by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. Senior reporter Aaron Glantz joined Stateside today to explain what the investigation found both nationally, and in Michigan.

Listen above, or read the full report here. It’s titled “Kept Out: For people of color, banks are shutting the door to home ownership.”

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