NAREE Extends Journalism Contest Deadline to March 6

BOCA RATON, Fla. – February 27, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) –Ā NAREE has extended the deadline to enter the 65th Annual Real Estate Journalism Competition to March 6. Ā ”WeĀ received many calls from writers and editors asking for an extension since the original March 1 deadline falls on a Sunday this year,” said Mary Doyle-Kimball, NAREE’s executive director

3 Things Consumers Should Consider When Shopping for a Title Company

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 17, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Purchasing a home is the single largest investment most consumers make in their lifetime. Soon the spring homebuying season will begin and the American Land Title Association (ALTA) reminds consumers of the three most important things to consider when shopping for a title company

Washington Post Highlights Momentum Behind Delaney Infrastructure Plan

WASHINGTON – February 9, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Sundayā€™s Washington Post highlighted the traction behind Congressman John K. Delaneyā€™s answer to the nationā€™s infrastructure crisis and the looming insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund.

President Obama’s 2016 Budget Proposes Significant Investment in America’s Public Buildings

Washington, DC – February 3, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced plans for major construction and repair projects outlined in President Obamaā€™s 2016 budget request. For the first time, the President has included a provision for advanced funding of the Federal Buildings Fund program for Fiscal Year 2017 while also calling for targeted, commonsense investments to modernize Americaā€™s public buildings

E-Commerceā€™s True Impact on Real Estate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 2, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — caught up with NAIOP president Thomas Bisacquino to talk more about how e-commerce is influencing real estate decisions from a location perspective and the emerging trends he sees on the retail front in part two of an exclusive interview.

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 Europeā€™s major real estate markets is leading property investors to continue their move into secondary assets and recovering markets, according to Emerging Trends in Real EstateĀ® 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 yearā€™s city rankings for Madrid (up 16 positions), Athens (up 23 positions), Birmingham (up 14 positions), Amsterdam (up 17 positions) and Lisbon (up 17 positions).

Small, Exterior Home Improvements Offer the Best Value Investments in 2015, Say RealtorsĀ®

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 RealtorsĀ® 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 RealtorsĀ®ā€™ perceptions of what those projects contribute to a homeā€™s 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 ā€œRent to Ownā€ advance-fee scheme, Attorney General Martha Coakleyā€™s Office announced today.Ā  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 ā€“ Continuing the Patrick Administrationā€™s 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

LA Community Leaders Gather at OneWest Bank HQ to Denounce Multi-Billion FDIC Subsidy

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.

Sen. Collins Secures Critical Investments in Transportation Infrastructure and Housing

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 nationā€™s 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, ā€˜The Investorā€™s Guide To Commercial Real Estate,ā€™ 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 ā€˜Emerging Trends In Real EstateĀ® 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

CFO and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater Announces New Developments in Sanford Arson Investigations

SANFORD – August 19, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, who also serves as Floridaā€™s 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 publicā€™s help to locate Smithā€™s 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

Builder Confidence in the 55+ Housing Market Shows Positive Signs in the Second Quarter

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 Buildersā€™ (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

Three Moses Lake neighborhoods transformed as residents buy the land beneath their homes

MOSES LAKE, Wash. – August 7, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Homeowners in three ā€œmobile-home parksā€ 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.

RealtorsĀ® Environmental Summit Evaluates Potential Risks to Real Estate

WASHINGTON – July 29, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — RealtorĀ® leaders are hearing from the nationā€™s foremost experts on environmental risk management during the National Association of RealtorsĀ® 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.

Citigroup to Pay $7 Billion for Subprime Mortgage Scams

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 15, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, the US Department of Justice announced aĀ $7 billion settlement with Citigroup; the financial institution will pay a record-settingĀ $4 billion penalty for misleading investors about securities that included toxic mortgages.