Yearly Archives: 2013

iHomefinder Welcomes New Client Ivy Arnold of Parks Properties Nashville

Berkeley, CA - December 31, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- iHomefinder is pleased to welcome new client Ivy Arnold of Parks Properties Nashville. Ivy has selected iHomefinder’s WordPress IDX solution to enhance her website and online marketing presence. She applies a unique blend of marketing savvy and business acumen to each of her real estate transactions. Ivy lives and works in Nashville and her deep local area knowledge is a true asset to her clients. With iHomefinder WordPress IDX, Ivy offers her clients and website visitors a fast, reliable online property search experience. iHomefinder has been a leader in MLS/IDX property search for over fourteen years.

iHomefinder Announces New IDX Solution Client Showcase Properties

Berkeley, CA - December 27, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- iHomefinder is pleased to announce that Showcase Properties has become a new WordPress IDX client. Showcase Properties is a local St. Cloud, Minnesota real estate brokerage that provides superior customer service delivered by agents who specialize. This brokerage serves real estate clients in the Greater St. Cloud, Minnesota area and has agents who focus specifically on communities like Albany, Albert Lea, Willow River and Wood Lake. With iHomefinder IDX on their website, Showcase Properties provides a fast, accurate property search experience for their visitors and clients.

AHFC Funds 179 New Affordable Housing Units For Low-Income and Senior Alaskans Federal and...

ANCHORAGE, AK - December 27, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) announces 2014 Greater Opportunities for Affordable Living (GOAL) grants and tax credits totaling $33.2 million.

Jim Papillo of Williams Raveis Real Estate Chooses iHomefinder IDX

Berkeley, CA - December 27, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Jim Papillo of Williams Raveis Real Estate has chosen iHomefinder IDX for his online marketing presence. Jim has extensive legal and business experience, and offers his clients his strong negotiating skills and superior customer service. Jim serves real estate consumers in the Greater Hartford, Connecticut area and focuses specifically on West Hartford, Avon, Farmington, Simsbury, Newington, Bloomfield, and New Britain.

Bathroom Decor: Big Bang Ideas for Less Than $100

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 25, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- When it comes to bathroom decor, tastes and preferences are as common and varied as wrinkles on elbows. A look that delights one homeowner may disgust another, but one trend suits everyone's taste: saving money. You may want your bathroom redo to look like you spent a million bucks on it, but you can get a whole new look for a lot less than that

CLPHA Releases Housing Authorities: Essential Partners in Ending Homelessness

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 25, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Each year, the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA) produces a report that highlights the work of its members and focuses on the ways in which housing authorities are strengthening neighborhoods and improving lives

HUD AND CENSUS BUREAU REPORT NEW RESIDENTIAL SALES IN NOVEMBER

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 25, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Sales of new single-family houses in November 2013 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 464,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

FHFA Index Shows Mortgage Interest Rates Decrease in November

Washington, DC - December 25, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- National data show interest rates on mortgages declined in November. Contract mortgage interest rates decreased 0.10 percent from October to November, according to an index of new mortgage contracts

New-Home Sales Post Solid Numbers in November

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 25, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Sales of newly built, single-family homes declined 2.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 464,000 units in November from an upwardly revised strong pace of 474,000 units in the previous month, according to data released today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Except for October 2013, this is the strongest sales pace since July of 2008

The DeVinney Group of Keller Williams Alexandria Old Town Selects iHomefinder WordPress IDX

Berkeley, CA - December 25, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The DeVinney Group of Keller Williams Alexandria Old Town has selected iHomefinder IDX for its website. The DeVinney Group is a full service real estate and property investment company. This brokerage has a passion for real estate, renovations, and delivering exemplary service. The DeVinney Group serves real estate clients in the Greater Northern Virginia area with a focus on Del Ray and Alexandria. They have added iHomefinder WordPress IDX to their website and now provide website visitors and clients with a fast, user-friendly home search experience.

CFPB and DOJ Take Action Against National City Bank for Discriminatory Mortgage Pricing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 24, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a joint complaint against National City Bank for charging higher prices on mortgage loans to African-American and Hispanic borrowers than similarly creditworthy white borrowers between the years 2002 and 2008. The agencies also filed a proposed order to settle the complaint that requires National City Bank, through its successor PNC Bank, to pay $35 million in restitution to harmed African-American and Hispanic borrowers

Developer Sentenced to 12.5 Years in Prison for Orchestrating Massive Mortgage Fraud Involving Over...

BOSTON - December 24, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- A Boston man was sentenced late yesterday on charges relating to a massive mortgage fraud that he orchestrated

Improvement in Mortgage Performance Continues, OCC Reports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 24, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The performance of first-lien mortgages serviced by large national and federal savings banks continued to improve in the third quarter of 2013, according to a report released today by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).

FHFA Announces Milestone: More Than 3 Million Homeowners Helped by Foreclosure Prevention Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 24, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced today that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have reached a significant milestone, completing more than 3 million foreclosure prevention actions since the start of conservatorship in September 2008. FHFA noted this milestone in its third quarter Foreclosure Prevention Report (also known as the Federal Property Manager’s Report), which details results of foreclosure prevention programs.

NAHB Announces Best of 50+ Housing Awards Finalists

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 24, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has announced the finalists for NAHB’s 2014 Best of 50+ Housing Awards, the premier design and marketing competition for the 50+ housing industry. A total of 63 entries were chosen as finalists and are eligible for either a Gold or Silver Award from NAHB’s 50+ Housing Council

Delegation Land Transfer Passes Congress, Benefitting Native Health Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 23, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today the Senate unanimously passed H.R. 623, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Land Transfer Act. The bill directs the Indian Health Service to transfer a 2.79 acre parcel of federal ...

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASED IN 39 STATES FROM A YEAR AGO AND IN 30 STATES...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 20, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Construction firms added jobs in 39 states over the past 12 months, while employment nearly stabilized in the remainder, according to an analysis released today by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data. Association officials cautioned that the industry’s recovery was still relatively fragile, noting that a number of states experiencing large annual gains lost jobs during the past month.

Wells Fargo UrbanLIFT SMCommunity Grant Program awards $11.4 million to strengthen distressed neighborhoods in...

DES MOINES - December 20, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Wells Fargo, the nation’s leading home mortgage lender today announced that 59 nonprofits were awarded grants totaling $11.4 million from the UrbanLIFTSM Community Grant Program to help strengthen neighborhoods in 25 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs)

Prepared Remarks of CFPB Director Richard Cordray on the Ocwen Enforcement Action Press Call

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 20, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, authorities in 49 states, and the District of Columbia are filing a proposed court order requiring the country’s largest nonbank mortgage servicer to compensate consumers for years of systemic and significant servicing errors. Ocwen Financial Corporation and its subsidiary, Ocwen Loan Servicing, must refund $125 million to people who have already lost their homes. And they must provide $2 billion in relief to current homeowners who are underwater and in danger of losing their homes

CFPB, State Authorities Order Ocwen to Provide $2 Billion in Relief to Homeowners for...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 20, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), authorities in 49 states, and the District of Columbia filed a proposed court order requiring the country’s largest nonbank mortgage loan servicer, Ocwen Financial Corporation, and its subsidiary, Ocwen Loan Servicing, to provide $2 billion in principal reduction to underwater borrowers. The consent order addresses Ocwen’s systemic misconduct at every stage of the mortgage servicing process. Ocwen must also refund $125 million to the nearly 185,000 borrowers who have already been foreclosed upon and it must adhere to significant new homeowner protections

Business Real Estate Press Releases

Top Tips For Buying Your First Home

Buying your first home can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. While moving home can be a whirlwind, with a good understanding of the process and what documents you need to be completed by what stage of the moving process, you can rest assured that your move will go to plan. In order to make buying your first home easier for you, we've put together some of our top tips.

Recent Gov & Nonprofit Real Estate Press Releases

Top Tips For Buying Your First Home

Buying your first home can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. While moving home can be a whirlwind, with a good understanding of the process and what documents you need to be completed by what stage of the moving process, you can rest assured that your move will go to plan. In order to make buying your first home easier for you, we've put together some of our top tips.