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A real estate professional with nearly 20 years’ experience, Tufford also grew up around the business in Little Rock, Ark., where his father was a home builder. He credits part of his success to his extremely high referral rate for new clients and going out of his way to educate clients about their real estate transaction. In addition, Tufford keeps a close eye on the metro Atlanta real estate market.
“Despite the steady growth in the U.S. Economy, African-American homeownership rates lag behind White-Americans,” states Donnell Spivey, President of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers.
Earlier this week, FICO announced that it had reached an agreement with the three main credit reporting agencies (TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian) that will allow housing and financial counselors to share with their clients their credit scores.
Land prices rose steadily by eight percent in the last part of 2014, with individuals andfamilies accounting for sixty-one percent of all buyers/investors in land sales transactions, according to the 2015 Land Markets Survey, conducted jointly by the REALTORS® Land Institute and National Association of REALTOR
Workers at 1711 Fulton, a residential building complex in Bedford-Stuyvesant that gets state assistance for affordable housing, today called on Vertices Holdings to restore the good jobs at the building after the new owner cut their pay by as much as 45 percent and eliminated health care and retirement benefits.
AGC is celebrating Earth Day (officially April 22) all week long by releasing an article a day exploring how the construction industry contributes to building a green future.  You can help us get the word out by linking to these articles via social media during “Earth Week.”  Today’s article (the fourth in AGC’s five-day series) features some of the available green programs in the multifamily and single family homes markets
Kevin, thank you so much for that kind introduction and for inviting me to speak at today’s conference. After all the conversations with you and your colleagues as part of the credit rating agency exercise we released in February, it is the least I could do. Fitch was a great pleasure to work with, and I urge those of you who are not familiar with the exercise to find it on the Treasury web site.
The United States has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Quicken Loans Inc. under the False Claims Act for improperly originating and underwriting mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the Justice Department announced today. Quicken is a mortgage lender headquartered in Detroit.
A joint venture led by Legacy Partners Residential Inc. has completed an acquisition of the 580 Anton Blvd. site adjacent to the prestigious Segerstrom Center for the Arts in the Town Center/South Coast Plaza district of Costa Mesa, Calif., considered by many to be Orange County's cultural, financial and fashion epicenter
Sales of new single-family houses in March 2015 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 481,000, according toestimates released jointly today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Census Bureau.
The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) posted a reading of 57 in the first quarter of 2015, off slightly from the historically high level of 60 in the last quarter of 2014, but above the key break-even point of 50.
Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 11.4 percent in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 481,000 units from an upwardly revised February reading, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau
Solid employment gains, attractive mortgage rates, a growing economy and pent-up demand will help keep the housing market moving forward throughout 2015 and into next year, according to economists who participated in yesterday’s National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 2015 Spring Construction Forecast Webinar.
The Urban Land Institute (ULI), a global research and education institute dedicated to responsible land use and building resilient communities, has been awarded a $170,000 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation to continue its support for the Institute’s Building Healthy Places Initiative, which seeks to engage ULI’s global networks to shape projects and places that improve the health of people and communities worldwide
Financial empowerment nonprofit Operation HOPE (HOPE), Fifth Third Bank, and the City of Detroit through Bank On Detroit have collaborated to open the first HOPE Inside location in Michigan. To commemorate the occasion, HOPE will host a grand opening celebration at 9AM on Tuesday, April 28 at the Fifth Third Bank financial center located in the Northwest Activities Center at 18100 Meyers Road in Detroit. Mike Duggan, Mayor of Detroit, will participate in the festivities and provide a keynote address.
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today highlighted the importance of reauthorizing and modernizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Act so that it reflects the changing needs and evolving viewpoints about conservation in the 21st century. The LWCF was enacted 50 years ago to increase recreational opportunities for Americans. Since then, it has been used to acquire more public lands even though there are insufficient means to maintain lands already owned by the federal government.
Reviewing appraisals has become increasingly important in recent years with many appraisal reports being more closely scrutinized, according to a new book from the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers
Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that an Auburn man was arrested at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport this afternoon on charges he criminally mistreated a man in his care at his adult family home. The victim has been hospitalized since Jan. 6.
The Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) program has certified sustainable landscapes at a dozen new locations across the country for meeting rigorous standards for environmental design and performance. These 12 landscapes include a historic Maryland house, a pocket park in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood, and a public children's garden in Austin, Texas
Today is Earth Day, April 22, and AGC is celebrating all week long by releasing an article a day exploring how the construction industry contributes to building a green future.  You can help us get the word out by linking to these articles via social media during “Earth Week.”  Today’s article (the third in AGC’s five-day series) explores developments in green infrastructure
ERC and NCLR Investigation Uncovers Housing Discrimination against Latinos in Three Major Metropolitan Areas

NEW ORLEANS, – July 22, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Today the Equal Rights Center (ERC) —a national non-profit civil rights organization dedicated to equal opportunity for all—and The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) —the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—unveiled the results of a testing-based investigation documenting adverse and differential treatment against prospective Latino renters and homebuyers in Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta, Georgia; and San Antonio, Texas. Sotheby’s Homes  Fisher Investments on Crunchbase and ALLRMC.COM more »

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