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Existing-Home Sales Rise in June as Home Prices Surpass July 2006 Peak

Existing-home sales increased in June to their highest pace in over eight years, while the cumulative effect of rising demand and limited supply helped push the national median sales price to an all-time high, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions experienced sales gains in June and have now risen above year-over-year levels for six consecutive months.

Community Banks Help Customers Build Financial Stability

During ICBA Community Banking Month, the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) celebrates the nation’s more than 6,000 community banks, which build stronger communities by helping local customers gain financial stability through quality products and services and access to financial literacy information and tools.

Sen. Murkowski Applauds Passage of Targeted Bipartisan Energy Efficiency Legislation

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today applauded Senate passage of energy efficiency legislation from Sen. Portman, R-Ohio, and Sen. Shaheen, D-N.H. The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 would promote increased energy efficiency for grid enabled water heaters and in buildings

Wells Fargo Real Estate Investment Corporation Declares Dividend on Series A Preferred Stock

Wells Fargo Real Estate Investment Corporation (NYSE: WFE Pr A) announced today that its board of directors has declared a quarterly dividend on its 6.375% cumulative perpetual preferred stock, Series A.

CBA Statement on Private Student Loan Performance

Washington, D.C. – February 18, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — CBA’s President and CEO Richard Hunt issued the following statement after the New York Fed issued...

Refinance Volume Remains Strong Through January

WASHINGTON, D.C. - April 9, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today released its January 2013 Refinance Report, which shows that refinance volume remained high through the first month of this year. There were nearly 470,000 refinances in January, with roughly 97,600 completed through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). This brings total HARP refinances to more than 2.2 million since the program’s inception in April 2009.

IHG Announces $31M Liquidated Damages Receipt in Q1 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 21, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] today announces that it will receive $31m in significant liquidated damages in Q1 2013 from FelCor Lodging Trust (FelCor)

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Announces Conference Week Speakers

Chicago, IL - January 17, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® has announced an impressive line-up of speakers for its upcoming Conference Week, February 24-28 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. More than 1,500 people are expected to attend Conference Week, which includes the network’s Annual Conference for brokers and relocation professionals, Performance SUMMIT and Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT for sales associates, Sales Manager SUMMIT, MarTech for marketing and technology professionals, and the RELO Direct® Corporate Forum for employee mobility professionals.

NeighborWorks Organizations Offer Free Tax Prep Services and Encourage Filers to Stay Informed and...

Washington, DC - January 17, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- NeighborWorks America urges consumers to seek advice from nonprofit organizations that provide free tax preparation services, as W-2 and other income forms arrive in taxpayers’ mailboxes and the start of the 2012 tax season begins. This guidance will empower consumers to avoid scammers or those offering ‘low-cost’ quick refund services which harm taxpayers in the long-term.

Eileen O’Grady Ramage Named Chief Financial Officer of NAHB

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 08, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced today that Eileen O’Grady Ramage has been named as its new chief financial officer. A certified public accountant, Ramage has 10 years of experience serving as a CFO of a national trade association. Previously, she served in senior management positions in the private sector and as partner at a public accounting firm. She is also a certified association executive.

HUD LAUNCHES IMPROVED ON-LINE TOOL TO FACILITATE CONSULTATION WITH INDIAN TRIBES ABOUT FEDERALLY FUNDED...

WASHINGTON, DC - December 7, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today unveiled a new and improved online data tool to help HUD, state and local planning agencies, and others more clearly identify federally recognized Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, and Alaska Natives so they can consult with them on development projects in places that have tribal historic, environmental and cultural significance.

As Senate Committee Holds Hearing on FHA Fiscal Problems, Bipartisan House Bill Waits for...

Washington, DC - December 7, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- As the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee meets today for a hearing on the fiscal challenges facing the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), bipartisan legislation approved 402-7 in the House to help the FHA meet those challenges awaits Senate action.

MBA White Paper Examines Future Role of the GSEs in Multifamily Housing Finance

Washington, DC - December 5, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released a white paper today that underscores the importance of multifamily rental housing and examines the role of the Government Sponsored Enterprises (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, or “the GSEs”) in multifamily housing finance going forward. The white paper and its recommendations were developed by MBA’s GSE Multifamily Task Force, a group of industry experts from MBA’s broad commercial/multifamily finance membership convened to focus on the future role of the GSEs in the multifamily housing market, which serves more than 15 million (one in seven) American households. The white paper addresses key questions about the future of the GSEs’ multifamily businesses raised by the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s February 2012 strategic plan.

Congress Should Extend Tax Relief for Distressed Mortgage Holders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 29, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Center for Responsible Lending and the Financial Services Roundtable today asked Congress to extend the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act, which is set to expire at year’s end. “This tax law has bi-partisan support and is critical to helping homeowners and communities struggling with the ongoing foreclosure crisis,” the two organizations said in joint letters to House and Senate leaders. “Furthermore, the housing market is beginning to show signs of a recovery, and expiration of this law would threaten the recovery.”

Federal Housing Finance Agency Reports Mortgage Interest Rates

Washington, DC - November 29, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today reported that the National Average Contract Mortgage Rate for the Purchase of Previously Occupied Homes by Combined Lenders, used as an index in some adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) contracts, was 3.44 percent based on loans closed in October. There was a decrease of 0.12 from the previous month. In March of 2012, FHFA began calculating interest rates using un-weighted survey data.

Business Real Estate Press Releases

Multi-Tenant Retail Property

Hanley Investment Group Arranges Sale of Newly Constructed Multi-Tenant Retail Property...

Hanley Investment Group Real Estate Advisors, a nationally-recognized real estate brokerage and advisory firm specializing in retail property sales, announced today that the firm completed the sale of a 6,777-square-foot new construction multi-tenant retail pad building occupied by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (with drive-thru), Chipotle, Jersey Mike’s Subs and WaBa Grill at 13916 Garvey Avenue in Baldwin Park, Calif.

Recent Gov & Nonprofit Real Estate Press Releases

Financial Services Committee

Hensarling: Committee Must Examine Allegations of Latest Fannie Mae Backdoor Schemes

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling released the following statement following media reports that high ranking Fannie Mae employees have been intentionally violating their government prohibition on lobbying through a series of secret meetings to remove the failed mortgage giant from federal oversight.