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National Fair Housing Alliance and Georgetown Law Civil Rights Clinic File Federal Lawsuit to...

The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) joined forces with the Georgetown Law Civil Rights Clinic to sue a District landlord to challenge a discriminatory practice that contributes to the widespread local and national housing crisis.

New Study Evaluates Shared Equity Housing Program Performance, Nationwide Impact

Shared equity homeownership promotes sustainable wealth-building opportunities and lasting affordability for lower-income households, according to new research published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in partnership with Grounded Solutions Network.
MBA

Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications increased 2.4 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending May 17, 2019.
NAHB

Confidence in Apartment and Condo Housing Sectors Weakens in First Quarter of 2019

Confidence in the market for new multifamily housing weakened in the first quarter of 2019, according to results from the Multifamily Market Survey (MMS) released today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The MMS produces two separate indices. The Multifamily Production Index (MPI) dropped seven points to 40 compared to the previous quarter
NAHB

New Home Sales Post Solid Rate of 673,000 in April

Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 6.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 673,000 units in April after a sharp upwardly revised March report, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.
CHA

CHA Board approves development teams for LeClaire Courts, Wicker Park Apartments

The CHA Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved the selection of development teams for the redevelopment of LeClaire Courts and CHA’s Wicker Park Apartments and Annex.
PaulineWeaver

Eden Housing and City of Fremont Celebrate Grand Opening of KTGY-Designed Affordable Senior Housing...

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Pauline Weaver Senior Apartments is located in the Warms Springs area of Alameda County and features 90 apartment homes for very low and extremely low-income seniors, near I-880 freeway, BART, shopping, services and other amenities.
MBA

Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications decreased 0.6 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending May 10, 2019.
NAHB

Single-Family and Multifamily Starts Post Solid Gains in April

Total housing starts rose 5.7 percent in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.24 million units from an upwardly revised reading in March, according to a report from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and Commerce Department
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Hanley Investment Group Arranges Pre-Sale of New Single-Tenant 7-Eleven in Inland Empire

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 has arranged the sale of a brand-new, single-tenant 7-Eleven convenience store and gas station in Fontana, Calif. The sale price was $2,353,000, representing a 4.25 percent cap rate, a record-low cap rate for a 7-Eleven in San Bernardino County.
Easily DIY

5 Basement Ceiling Ideas You Can Easily DIY

Renovating your basement can be an exciting time; however, one thing that many homeowners struggle with is choosing their basement ceiling.  After all, most basements tend to be lower than traditional rooms, so it can be tempting to opt for a bare-bones look so that you don’t lose any clearance.  But is this always the best option?  Could you be losing out on a great style opportunity?  Let’s take a look at some great ceiling ideas to consider implementing during your remodel.
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

GSA, HUD ISSUE REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION FOR PHASE II CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE WORK

The U.S. General Services Administration's (GSA) Technology Transformation Services' Centers of Excellence (CoE) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued six Requests for Information (RFI) and their accompanying draft Request for Quotation (RFQ) to gather feedback related to the HUD Phase II work on Friday, May 17.
NAHB

Statement from NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde on Trade Developments with Mexico and Canada

Greg Ugalde, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Torrington, Conn., issued the following statement after the White House announced the U.S. would remove tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and Mexico

Tips For Building Your First Home

After a lot of consideration, you’ve decided you want to build a home rather than buy an existing one. It’s a decision that a lot of people make, either because they like the idea of having a brand new house that’s customized just for them or because they couldn’t find an existing home that met their needs. It’s an exciting time, going over plans with your architect and contractor, and choosing light fixtures, tile, and paint colors. Before you finalize your plans, though, there are a few things you should consider.
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD RECEIVES MICROSTRATEGY’S 2019 FEDERAL IT INNOVATION AWARD

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) yesterday received MicroStrategy’s 2019 Federal Information Technology Innovation Award. HUD won the Award because HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development’s (CPD) modernized its Grants Dashboard.
NAHB

Waters Bill a Step Forward to Ease Nation’s Housing Affordability Woes

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) today commended House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters for proposing draft legislation to address the nation’s housing affordability crisis and called on the administration and Congress to make this issue a national policy priority
VA

VA joins local officials in celebrating effective end of Veteran homelessness in Lexington, Kentucky

Officials from the departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) joined the mayor and representatives of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Continuum of Care (CoC) on April 25 to celebrate the effective end of Veteran homelessness in Lexington, Kentucky
VA

VA’s Home Loan Guaranty program notifies Veterans of potential loan fee waivers

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced May 13 that Veterans who qualify for a VA Home Loan funding fee waiver are now being notified in their home loan eligibility certificate and disability compensation award letter.
MBA

Commercial/Multifamily Originations Increase 12 Percent in the First Quarter

Commercial and multifamily mortgage loan originations rose 12 percent in the first quarter compared to the same period last year, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Quarterly Survey of Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Bankers Originations.
NAHB

Builder Confidence Posts Solid Gain in May

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes rose three points to 66 in May, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released today.

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SIGTARP

HARDEST HIT FUND RECIPIENT PLEADS GUILTY TO EMBEZZLING HOUSING ASSISTANCE

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Raymond Cawthorne, 57, pleaded guilty today to embezzlement of public funds, Special Inspector General Christy Goldsmith Romero and U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced
USDOJ

Justice Department Settles Texas Disability-Based Housing Discrimination Lawsuit

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A Texas apartment developer and a Texas site engineer have agreed to settle a federal lawsuit alleging they violated the Fair Housing Act (FHA)...
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ABC’s 2020 Construction Economic Forecast: Momentum Persists, Despite Uncertainties

National
Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu forecastrall “wait-and-see” approach based on leading and lagging indicators and economic uncertainties, according to a 2020 economic

Is it a Good Time to Consider Canadian Real Estate for an Investment Property?

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There is nothing as thriving as the real estate market industry. More real estate markets arising worldwide is the reason behind the intense competition experienced in terms of growth.  If you want to invest in the real estate, now would be a better time to start planning.  The proper investment ensures long-term growth and stable residual earnings from a property.
FEMA

FEMA Offers Free Rebuilding Tips at Local Home Improvement Stores

National
Disaster survivors affected by the severe storms and floods from Tropical Storm Imelda, can visit local home improvement stores in Houston, Pasadena and Webster for rebuilding tips from mitigation experts.
MBA

Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

National
Mortgage applications decreased 9.2 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending November 29, 2019.
NAHB

New Guide Provides Answers to Common Code Questions

National
A new guide co-published by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the International Code Council (ICC) helps industry professional navigate the 2018 International Residential Code. Available through BuilderBooks, NAHB’s publishing arm
Mortgage Broker Vancouver Company

Why Look For A Mortgage Broker Vancouver Company Near You

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Most Canadians dream of having a home of their own as soon as they leave their parents’ house. It is something that is common with most adults who are already in the real world, working to make ends meet.
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD ISSUES REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ON ELIMINATING REGULATORY BARRIERS TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today published a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public comment on Federal, State, local, and Tribal laws, regulations
Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Manchin, Energy Committee Move 12 More Energy Innovation Bills And Premier Land Conservation Funding...

National
The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a business meeting to consider pending legislation. The committee reported out 15 energy and lands bills on a largely bipartisan
Mercy Housing

More Affordable Housing Coming to the Bronx as City Faces Historic Homelessness Rates

National
Mercy Loan Fund (MLF), a national Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), is working with Community Access (CA) to help create homes for the most vulnerable population in one of the highest cost cities in the county.
SEIA

Study: Solar Tariffs Cause Devastating Harm to U.S. Market, Economy and Jobs

National
More than 62,000 jobs, $19 billion in investment and 10.5 GW of solar are lost due to tariffs WASHINGTON, D.C. - RealEstateRama - Tariffs on imported...
NAR

Second Century Ventures Accepting Applications for the 2020 REACH and REACH Commercial Classes

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Second Century Ventures, the strategic investment arm of the National Association of Realtors®, is now accepting applications for its 2020 REACH and REACH Commercial accelerators.

Why You Need Reliable Pool Cleaning Like Ladera Ranch Pool Services

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There are two kinds of pool cleaners if you are basing them off the shows that you see on tv. Either they are these really handsome young guys with six pack abs who wows everyone by the pool side or the beat up guy on a dirty car who cannot land a decent job even if he wanted to. While these assumptions do break our hearts sometimes when we are called to action, these are in no way accurate.

Is choosing a custom home builder costly?

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Buying a home can be done by hunting existing constructed houses, choosing a newly constructed home, or work with a trusted custom home builder. Among these methods, custom home building is the most ideal since it can bring the home you dream into reality.

THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENTS ON EXPANSION OF SAN JOSE CEMETERY...

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Socorro Field Office is seeking public comment on the Resource Management Plan (RMP) amendment to establish disposal criteria for a 2.72 acre parcel of public land for the expansion of the San Jose Cemetery located 5 miles south of Socorro in Luis Lopez, N.M. The BLM is also seeking public comment on the conveyance of those lands

6 Key Home Design Trends for 2020

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Home design is a fast-moving field, and the trends that are hot one year do not always carry over to the next. Some of the trends that will emerge will be the culmination of micro-trends that have developed over the previous years. However, many of them will be unpredictable and will arise as a response to completely random outside forces.
Smart Mirrors

6 Smart Bathroom Gadgets From Around the World You Must Have

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Smart technology and connected devices are finding their way into every room in our homes, so why should your bathroom be any different?
NAR

Pending Home Sales Decline 1.7% in October

National
Pending home sales retreated in October, taking a slight step back after two prior months of increases, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The Northeast experienced a minor uptick last month
NAR

Existing-Home Sales Climb 1.9% in October

National
Existing-home sales rose in October, a slight recovery from the declines seen in September, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The four major U.S. regions were split last month

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Top 4 Places to Buy a Second Home

Top 4 Places to Buy a Second Home in the US

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There are about 7.4 million homes owned as a second home in the United States. For many people, their second home is a vacation home. This gives them a chance to get away and break routine while also having all of the comforts of being in their own home.
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Ribbon Cutting Celebrating New Affordable Apartments in the Bronx for Low-Income Families and Domestic...

New York
New Destiny was joined by supporters and colleagues to celebrate the opening of its newly constructed service-enriched affordable housing project - The Jennings - located in the Crotona Park East
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD AWARDS $1.5 MILLION TO PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITIES TO ASSIST YOUNG PEOPLE AGING OUT...

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U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson today awarded $1.5 million to nearly a dozen housing authorities to assist young people aging out

BLM NAMES VETERAN LAND MANAGER TO LEAD CALIFORNIA STATE OFFICE

California
The Bureau of Land Management today announced that Karen Mouritsen has been named the new California State Director—a key leadership position based in Sacramento. As State Director, Mouritsen will direct a team that manages lands encompassing 15% of the Golden State’s total land mass
USDOJ

California Real Estate Developer Convicted of Making Conduit Contributions in Two U.S. Congressional Campaigns

California
Today, a federal jury found an Oakland-area real estate developer guilty for funneling tens of thousands of dollars through straw donors into two consecutive congressional campaigns

NYS OASAS ANNOUNCES OPENING OF NEW RECOVERY CENTER IN NEW YORK CITY

New York
The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) today announced the opening of the new JLC Recovery and Wellness Center in New York City. JLC is operated by Exponents Inc. and provides free help and support services for people affected by addiction and for their families.

Robust U.S economy not a boost for black homeownership

National
In spite of a robust U.S. economy, a strong employment rate, and steadily increasing 401(k) plan earnings, Black homeownership rates continue to drop. Drawing from the 2019 release of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers
DOI

Share Secretary Bernhardt Inspects Key Water and Power Facility in Western Colorado

National
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt inspected a key piece of national water infrastructure at Morrow Point Dam, located on the Gunnison...

Laura Derrick named 2019 South Carolina REALTOR® of the Year

National
South Carolina REALTOR® (SCR) member, past president and Realtor® at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Columbia, was named the association’s 2019 REALTOR® of the Year at its annual conference at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston on September 11, 2019.
FEMA

Impacted by Recent Flooding, Tornadoes and Severe Storms? Here’s How to Apply for FEMA...

Mississippi
Mississippi households in eight counties impacted by the storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding beginning on February 22 and continuing to March 29, 2019 are eligible to apply for federal disaster assistance to help
Miami’s Real Estate Industry

The Wizards of OZ: A Discussion about Opportunity Zone Investment

Florida
Last week CREW Miami (Commercial Real Estate Women) held its September lunch program, The Wizards of OZ hosting a panel of experts who discussed and answered questions about recent Opportunity Zone transactions

August Housing Stats for DC and Montgomery County

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GCAAR is pleased to present its market information through a partnership with ShowingTime RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI). Look to GCAAR as your source for comprehensive market data on the Washington, DC metro area market.

5 Popular Spots To Visit in Riverside, California.

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If you're in California, you need to visit Riverside. Here's why. The largest city in the area of California known as the 'Inland Empire,' Riverside is a popular destination for people looking to escape the big city life of Los Angeles. Some sixty miles east, Riverside features beautiful architecture, a vibrant downtown area, and stunning views from its many mountain hikes

FEMA Awards Lake County More Than $2.2 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses

Florida
FEMA has approved $2,202,339 for the State of Florida to help Lake County defray the costs of debris removal for Hurricane Irma under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program. FEMA funds will reimburse the county for the collection, reduction, disposal and site management of debris within Lake County between Sept. 18
USDOJ

Justice Department Resolves Claims that California Loan Modification Service Providers Discriminated Against Hispanic Homeowners...

California
The Department of Justice today announced a series of settlements to resolve allegations that several California-based mortgage loan modification service providers engaged in national origin discrimination in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act
Center for Biological Diversity

San Diego Lawsuits Challenge Sprawl Development in High-risk Fire Zone

Conservation organizations sued San Diego County today for approving Otay Ranch Village 14, a sprawl development that will pave over hundreds of acres of habitat for golden eagles and other imperiled wildlife and build new homes in one of California’s most dangerously fire-prone areas.
Enterprise Community Partners

Hurricane Harvey Relief Program to Assist Even More Families Thanks to Follow Up Grant...

Texas
The Rebuild Texas Fund has awarded the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation (TSAHC) and Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise) a $1.1 million follow-up grant to support the Housing and Economic Assistance to Rebuild Texas (HEART) Program. HEART
NYU Furman Center

NYU Furman Center and Abt Associates Announce Inaugural Cities Selected for Local Housing Solutions

New York
The NYU Furman Center and Abt Associates announced today the cities of Atlanta, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and San Antonio as the first cohort selected to participate in the inaugural Local Housing Solutions Institute
NHC

Wells Fargo and a FHLBank of New York leader join NHC’s Board of Governors

New York
The National Housing Conference (NHC), the nation’s oldest, affordable housing coalition, announced that, Kimani Little of Federal Home Loan Bank of New York and Connie Wright of Wells Fargo has joined NHC’s Board of Governors
NAR

Existing-Home Sales Ascend 2.5% in May

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Existing-home sales rebounded in May, recording an increase in sales for the first time in two months, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

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NAHB

New Home Sales Decline in May

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Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 7.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 626,000 units in May, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.
DOI

$17+ Million in Grants Will Help States, Local Communities Keep Waters Clean, Economies Thriving

National
Water-loving outdoor recreationists and local communities in 27 states will have additional resources to help boaters keep America’s waters clean, thanks to more than $17 million in Clean Vessel Act program grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
FEMA

Port Aransas ready for return of summer tourism

Texas
Texas SandFest drew a record 35,000 people April 26-28, encouraging business owners that Port Aransas is on its way to recovery. With nearly all the city’s retailers and restaurants re-opened, residents are beginning to feel like things are getting back to normal.
OJO Labs - Eight Major Awards

OJO Labs: Five Months, Eight Major Awards

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OJO Labs, a leading-edge technology company on a mission to empower consumer decision-making through its conversational AI assistant, OJO, won the highly coveted 2019 A-List Award among mid-sized companies from the Austin Chamber of Commerce in partnership with SXSW
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Should I Rent Out my Property on Airbnb?

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Listing property on Airbnb has become a popular way to make extra money, meet new people, and provide some freedom, but there are a few key things to think about when you are considering listing your property. It is key to know what you’re getting yourself into.
Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation Launches $5.5 Million Opportunity Zone Community Capacity Building Initiative for Select...

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The Rockefeller Foundation today announced an initiative to help U.S. cities attract responsible private investment in economically-distressed communities through Opportunity Zones created in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This effort will help ensure new investment delivers sustainable benefits for more than 30 million low-income Americans living in Opportunity Zones
PaulineWeaver

Eden Housing and City of Fremont Celebrate Grand Opening of KTGY-Designed Affordable Senior Housing...

National
Pauline Weaver Senior Apartments is located in the Warms Springs area of Alameda County and features 90 apartment homes for very low and extremely low-income seniors, near I-880 freeway, BART, shopping, services and other amenities.
VA

VA’s Home Loan Guaranty program notifies Veterans of potential loan fee waivers

National
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced May 13 that Veterans who qualify for a VA Home Loan funding fee waiver are now being notified in their home loan eligibility certificate and disability compensation award letter.
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A Stellar Idea: My Florida Regional MLS Reimagines the Multiple Listing Service

The nation's third-largest Multiple Listing Service, My Florida Regional MLS, will become Stellar MLS on June 4, 2019, in a move that totally reimagines the MLS. Currently serving 58,000 customers
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HOME BUILDERS TO CO-HOST HUD INNOVATIVE HOUSING SHOWCASE

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson today announced the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) will co-host the Department's inaugural "Innovative Housing Showcase." The Innovative Housing Showcase will be held on the National Mall June 1-5, 2019

Department of the Interior: Yakima Water Plan Is a “Model” and “Holistic”

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, asked the Department of the Interior about its commitment to the Yakima River Basin during a hearing on the president’s FY 2017 budget request. Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael Connor agreed with Sen. Cantwell that the Yakima River Basin plan “is a model for the rest of the nation in water management.”

Energy Costs to Cook Thanksgiving Meal Up to 25% Lower in 2015

“Consumers Energy is thankful to be a part of holiday celebrations across the state as warm Thanksgiving memories are being made, and we are committed to providing many more generations of Michigan families with reliable, affordable energy in all seasons,” said Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy’s vice president and chief customer officer

Agencies Issue Final Rule to Exempt Subset of Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans from Appraisal Requirements

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 13, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Six federal financial regulatory agencies today issued a final rule that creates exemptions from certain appraisal requirements for a subset of higher-priced mortgage loans. The exemptions are intended to save borrowers time and money while still ensuring that the loans are financially sound

Department Enters into Consent Order with Equity Loans, LLC and its owners Eduardo Gutierrez...

Atlanta, Georgia - November 13, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance (“Department”) entered into a Consent Order with Equity Loans, LLC, License Number 23300, located at 1150 Hammond Dr., Building E, Suite 650, Atlanta, Georgia 30328, to resolve allegations pertaining to violations of the Georgia Residential Mortgage Act

Business Real Estate Press Releases

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KTGY Receives 2019 SAGE Honors for Regency Palms in Long Beach,...

KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce that the firm’s excellence in residential design and planning has been recognized by the Building Industry Association of Southern California’s Council on Shaping Advancements

Recent Gov & Nonprofit Real Estate Press Releases

SIGTARP

HARDEST HIT FUND RECIPIENT PLEADS GUILTY TO EMBEZZLING HOUSING ASSISTANCE

Raymond Cawthorne, 57, pleaded guilty today to embezzlement of public funds, Special Inspector General Christy Goldsmith Romero and U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced