Before and after then, Hannity sharply criticised Barack Obama for the USA foreclosure rate. What's more, Hannity seems to have benefited from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - something that he didn't disclose to his viewers when he interviewed HUD chairman Ben Carson.
"He also declined to note his financial interest when he hosted Carson on Fox News last June for a discussion about Hud and housing", Swaine wrote. Among the most valuable properties in the portfolio is a pair of two large apartment complexes that Hannity bought in 2014 for $22.7 million. Numerous properties were bought at discounts in 2013 after foreclosures, and others were bought with funding help from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Guardian said, citing public records.
The article appeared to be making a case out of the fact that Hannity's loan guarantees from 2014 were not revealed in an interview past year with HUD Secretary Ben Carson, despite the original date falling under the Obama administration.
The Fox News host found himself pulled into the Michael Cohen controversy last week, after it was revealed in court that he was one of the clients of Donald Trump's embattled attorney. I had no role in, or responsibility for, any HUD involvement in any of these investments.
However, Hannity's real estate attorney Christopher Reeve said his client's property holdings were "highly confidential" and not relevant for the public. I can say that every rigorous process and strict standard of improvement requirements were followed; all were met, fulfilled and inspected. The public records link Hannity to a group of shell companies that purchased at least 870 homes in seven states over the past decade.
Hannity was widely criticized for not disclosing the relationship with Cohen on his program, where he blasted the investigation.
Hannity is the hidden owner behind some of these shell companies, a fact his attorney did not dispute in a statement to the newspaper.
The 20 shell companies tied to Hannity were formed in Georgia and have been used to purchase properties in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Texas and Vermont.
"I've said many times on my radio show: I hate the stock market, I prefer real estate".
Fox News on Tuesday said it was "surprised" to find out about Hannity's relationship with Cohen, but added that it conducted a review and stood by its primetime star.