State of the Union: NHC welcomes attention to homeownership, calls for complete attention to nation’s housing challenges
WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 28, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The National Housing Conference applauds President Obama’s choice to highlight housing issues in his speeches leading up to the State of the Union address and in connecting to those same themes in the address itself. Getting housing policy right is essential to keeping our economy on a path of recovery coming out of the great recession and to ensuring that all in America can achieve a brighter future
Interest in Secondary Assets and Recovering Markets Continues to Rise in the Face of Strong Competition for Prime Assets and a European Capital Surge
LONDON – January 16, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Competition for prime assets in Europeâs major real estate markets is leading property investors to continue their move into secondary assets and recovering markets, according to Emerging Trends in Real EstateÂŽ Europe 2015, a forecast published jointly by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and PwC. The report highlights a surge in popularity for real estate investment opportunities in a number of cities that were hit particularly hard during the last market downturn, with dramatic rises in this yearâs city rankings for Madrid (up 16 positions), Athens (up 23 positions), Birmingham (up 14 positions), Amsterdam (up 17 positions) and Lisbon (up 17 positions).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 14, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Homeowners often consider various remodeling and replacement projects as a way to add value to their homes. Some projects add more value and better recoup their costs than others, according to RealtorsÂŽ who rated small and exterior projects as the most valuable home improvement projects in the 2015 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report. Compiled annually in collaboration with Hanley Wood’s Remodeling Magazine, the report compares changes in home improvement project costs with RealtorsÂŽâ perceptions of what those projects contribute to a homeâs price at resale
Easton Man Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to Jail in Connection with Stealing More Than $100,000 in “Rent to Own” Scheme
FALL RIVER – December 31, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — An Easton man has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to jail in connection with stealing $112,000 from customers in a âRent to Ownâ advance-fee scheme, Attorney General Martha Coakleyâs Office announced today.Â He was also ordered to make full restitution to his victims
Northern California Real Estate Investor Pleads Guilty to Bid Rigging and Fraud at Public Foreclosure Auctions
WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 25, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — A Northern California real estate investor pleaded guilty for his role in bid rigging and fraud at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Northern California, the Department of Justice announced.
Patrick Administration Announces Over $5 Million in Community Investment Tax Credits to 44 Community Organizations
WORCESTER – December 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Thursday, December 18, 2014 â Continuing the Patrick Administrationâs commitment to encourage new economic opportunities for low- and middle-income households throughout Massachusetts, Department of Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein today announced over $5 million in Community Investment Tax Credits to 44 community organizations across the Commonwealth
Pasadena, CA – December 17, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — At a press conference today, LA community leaders will release new data that has not previously been shared with the public about the amount of money the FDIC has paid to OneWest Bank under two controversial shared loss agreements. OneWest is part of a proposed, Too Big To Fail bank merger with CIT Group, a merger that over fifty organizations are opposing.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 11, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Ranking Member of the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee, announced today that she has secured critical federal funding for transportation infrastructure and housing programs in the Fiscal Year 2015 funding bill that was unveiled late Tuesday. The bill contains provisions, authored by Senator Collins and overwhelmingly approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee in June, to improve safety on our nationâs roadways and to study the impacts of federal regulations forcing trucks to drive during crowded, morning rush hour times rather than overnight when the roads are less congested.
New ULI Book, âThe Investorâs Guide To Commercial Real Estate,â Provides Deep Dive Understanding of an Asset Class Sparking Renewed Interest
WASHINGTON – December 11, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — A better understanding of commercial real estate along with its various investment strategies and benefits is the subject of a new publication from the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Real Estate in Asia Remains Resilient in an Environment of Weaker Economic Fundamentals, Says âEmerging Trends In Real EstateÂŽ Asia Pacific 2015? Report; Japan Holds Status as a Magnet for Investment
HONG KONG – December 8, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Real estate markets throughout Asia are expected to remain resilient despite weakening economic fundamentals throughout 2015, as capital continues to flow into the industry from a variety of investment sources, both domestic and international, according
SANFORD – August 19, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, who also serves as Floridaâs State Fire Marshal, today announced the arrest of Sanford resident Curtis Smith on arson charges related to a recent mobile home fire in Sanford and asked for the publicâs help to locate Smithâs half-brother, Steven Angle, as he may have information to assist in the investigation surrounding 10 other fires set in Sanford and the surrounding rural areas. The CFO also announced the reward for information leading to a conviction in the Sanford fires has been increased to $11,000
WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 7, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Builder confidence in the single-family 55+ housing market for the second quarter is up year over year, according to the National Association of Home Buildersâ (NAHB) 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. Compared to the second quarter of 2013, the single-family index increased three points to a level of 56, which is the highest second-quarter reading since the inception of the index in 2008 and the 11th consecutive quarter of year over year improvements
MOSES LAKE, Wash. – August 7, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Homeowners in three âmobile-home parksâ in this city of about 20,000 took control of the land beneath their homes when they formed three cooperatives and became not just homeowners, but landowners, too.
WASHINGTON – July 29, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — RealtorÂŽ leaders are hearing from the nationâs foremost experts on environmental risk management during the National Association of RealtorsÂŽ first environmental summit. The slate of distinguished speakers includes Dan Glickman, who served as the Secretary of Agriculture under President Clinton, and Tom Ridge, first Secretary of U.S. Department of Homeland Security, former Governor of Pennsylvania, president and CEO of Ridge Global and partner at Ridge-Schmidt Cyber.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 15, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, the US Department of Justice announced aÂ $7 billion settlement with Citigroup; the financial institution will pay a record-settingÂ $4 billion penalty for misleading investors about securities that included toxic mortgages.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 17, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Responding to the Altair report Cosmopolitan Housing Group: Lessons Learned, Grainia Long, chief executive at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said: “The eventual rescue of Cosmopolitan marked a successful resolution to a critically important period for the housing association sector.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 13, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The United States can quickly transition to nearly 100% renewable energy and phase out coal and nuclear power, according to a major new report from Greenpeace and the Global Wind Energy Council. Energy [R]evolution – A Sustainable USA Energy Outlook provides a blueprint for transforming our electricity, transportation, and heating systems to dramatically reduce carbon pollution, and demonstrates to policymakers and investors that rapid changes in the way we produce, distribute, and consume energy are possible and cost effective.
Rip-Offs, Retainers and Rescue: Lawyersâ Committee and Loan Modification Scam Prevention Network Coalition Partners to Host Critical Town Hall Discussion on the National Foreclosure Rescue Fraud Epidemic and Attorney Involvement
WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 12, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Lawyersâ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyersâ Committee) and its coalition partners in the Loan Modification Scam Prevention Network (LMSPN) will host an important town hall discussion about the impact of attorney involvement in foreclosure rescue options for distressed homeowners on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Lawyersâ Committeeâs offices, 1401 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. This event is a follow up to the Lawyersâ Committeeâs April 15, 2014 release of a comprehensive national reportâForeclosure Rescue, Inc.â, which examines the foreclosure rescue fraud epidemic, scam trends and efforts to combat these fraudulent activities
WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 12, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Analysis of data collected for the RealtorsÂŽ Confidence Index shows the market share of all-cash purchases is on the rise, despite declines in distressed sales and investor activity, according to the National Association of RealtorsÂŽ.
Mercy Loan Fund supports President Obamaâs âMy Brotherâs Keeperâ initiative to assist youth in underserved communities
WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 9, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Mercy Loan Fund, a subsidiary of national nonprofit Mercy Housing, announced their commitment to the âYouth Opportunity Pledgeâ created by Opportunity Finance Network, a national network of community development financial institutions (CDFIs) investing in opportunities that benefit low-income, low-wealth and other disadvantaged communities across America. The âYouth Opportunity Pledgeâ was inspired by President Obamaâs âMy Brotherâs Keeperâ initiative that takes a collaborative approach to create opportunities for young minority men in disadvantaged communities