Rhode Island Housing has seen a jump of more than 45 percent in the value of home mortgages closed for the period that runs January through the end of May of this year, compared with the same period in 2013.
It doesn’t get much publicity compared with other home-mortgage issues, but it appears to be a persistent problem: Lenders and mortgage insurers allegedly delay or deny loan applications when a borrower is pregnant or heading for maternity leave.
In most neighborhoods, the pair of two-story colonials that began rising on a Providence street corner four years ago – one cream-colored, the other gray with a big garage door facing the sidewalk – wouldn’t raise an eyebrow.
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