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Face to Face Board Meeting January 31, at 1:00 PM (MST)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 30, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- B. Reading of the Minutes of Commissioners’ Meeting dated September 13, 2012; October 15, 2012; November 1, 2012; November 8, 2012; and December 20, 2012 and amended February 22, 2012 minutes

A.G. Schneiderman Launches Post-Sandy Insurance Outreach And Advocacy Program To Assist Struggling Homeowners

NEW YORK, NY - January 30, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the creation of an initiative to assist homeowners who are struggling to maintain and repair their homes in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. In resp...

SEC Charges Real Estate Executives in Florida-Based $300 Million Investment Scheme

Washington, D.C. - January 30, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged five former real estate executives who defrauded investors into believing they were funding the development of five-star destination resorts ...

NREL Seeks Leaders for National Executive Energy Academy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 30, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Applications are currently being accepted for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) 2013 Executive Energy Leadership Academy. NREL’s Executive Energy Leadership Academy, also known as Energy Execs, is a leadership program for non-technical decision-makers throughout the country to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, analytical tools and financing. Leaders in government, communities, non-profits and the private sector are eligible

Attorney General Koster reminds taxpayers that mortgage relief received in 2012 may be tax...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 30, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Attorney General Chris Koster today said that Missourians who received mortgage relief, including principal reduction and short sales, for their primary residence may be able to consider the val...

MPSC: Home Heating Credits Now Being Processed

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 30, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today noted that the Michigan Department of Treasury is now processing Michigan Home Heating Credits (HHC) for the 2012 tax year. The credit assists...

LARA’s Bureau of Construction Codes Announces Online Enhancements; New capabilities will benefit inspectors, contractors,...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 30, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs' (LARA) Bureau of Construction Codes (BCC) today announced it will be replacing its existing PermitsPlus client-server technology with...

Real Estate Developer Sentenced to Three Years for Making False Statements

ANCHORAGE - January 30, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that an Anchorage man was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage for 12 counts of false statements to a credit union.

New Hampshire Housing Funds Special Needs Housing in Concord

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 30, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- New Hampshire Housing’s Board of Directors recently approved a $750,000 loan so a residential building in Concord can be renovated to provide housing for people with disabilities.

Post-Election Environmental Update: Preparing for 2013 and Beyond

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 30, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Looking ahead, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has committed to an aggressive regulatory agenda and is poised to take action in all program areas—taking up issues like stormwater runoff, fly ash reuse, and the disturbance of lead paint in buildings. The rulemaking pipeline is full, and the construction and real estate industries are positioned to feel the brunt over the next four years.

Bad Neighbors Can Reduce Property Values, Appraisal Institute Warns

CHICAGO, IL - January 30, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today cautioned homeowners and potential homebuyers that bad neighbors can significantly reduce nearby property values.

Federal Jury Finds Mortgage Broker Guilty in $100 Million Fraudulent Loans Scheme

PITTSBURGH - January 30, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- After deliberating for three hours, a federal jury of five men and seven women found Lewis Whoolery guilty of wire fraud conspiracy, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

NY Times OpEd on the Importance of the Mount Laurel Doctrine

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 30, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- On January 28, 2013, the NJ State Supreme Court heard argument about whether or not Governor Christie could legally disband the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH). The New York Times published...

Economic contraction in Q4 in spite of Fed easing

Fairfax, VA - January 30, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement in response to the latest report by the Bureau of Economic Analysis showing the economy shrank at an annualized rate of 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012:

New York-Based Roasting Plant® Coffee Opens for Business in Downtown Detroit’s First National Building

New York, NY - January 30, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- New York City’s Roasting Plant, a coffeehouse known for its innovative in-store roasting technology and wide selection of coffees brewed by the cup, announced it will open the doors of its first downtown Detroit store on Thursday, January 31. The unique coffee shop is located on the ground floor of the First National Building at 660 Woodward Avenue, steps from Campus Martius Park

Energy Department Expands Technical Assistance for Tribal Energy Projects

WASHINGTON, DC - January 30, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to help Tribal communities across the country enhance their energy security and build a sustainable energy future, the Energy Department today announced the second round of the Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program, which provides federally recognized Tribal governments with technical assistance to accelerate clean energy project deployment.

Census Bureau Report Shows Homeownership Rates Among Foreign-Born Increase with Time in the United...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 30, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than half (52 percent) of foreign-born householders owned their homes in 2011. In contrast, about two-thirds (67 percent) of native-born householders owned their homes.

MERS Prevails in Two Federal Appeals Cases

Reston, Virginia, January - January 30, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. today announced that a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit twice ruled this week in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS) and other defendants, affirming lower court decisions that rejected Minnesota-based attorney William B. Butler’s arguments regarding the defendants’ right to foreclose

Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 30, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Mortgage applications decreased 8.1 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 25, 2013. The results include an adjustment to account for the Martin Luther King holiday.

New York Man Sentenced for Cape Cod Property Fraud Scheme

BOSTON, MA - January 30, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- A New York man was sentenced today in connection with a scheme to defraud a Massachusetts man of his Hyannis waterfront property.

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Helpful Tips For Building a New Home

National
A home is one of the best things you can have. It gives everyone a feeling of warmth, comfort, and security. You are able to relax and unwind knowing that it is something just for you. There are many ways for you to acquire a home. You can buy a home and renovate it, by an already finished home, or you can build one yourself.
Safeguard Your Seasonal Home

Safeguard Your Seasonal Home

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Closing down your cabin for the season is truthfully never as exciting as opening it up, but it’s an important process that helps protect your property during periods of extended non-use. Most owners guard against common incidentals like water leaks, potential fire hazards and temperature changes when shutting down for the season
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.
Movember

Hanley Investment Group Raises $30,000­­­ for Movember, Totaling $243,000

National
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 raised $29,401 during its annual Movember campaign.
Mike Conn 2019

Meridian’s Mike Conn Selected as a Top Influencer in Healthcare by GlobeSt.com/Real Estate Forum...

National
Meridian, a full-service real estate developer and owner of medical real estate, is pleased to announce that Executive Vice President Mike Conn has been selected as a top
SIGTARP

HARDEST HIT FUND RECIPIENT PLEADS GUILTY TO EMBEZZLING HOUSING ASSISTANCE

National
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

National
A Texas apartment developer and a Texas site engineer have agreed to settle a federal lawsuit alleging they violated the Fair Housing Act (FHA)...
ABC National

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?

National
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.
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

National
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

National
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

National
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

National
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...

National
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

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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.
Carol Corden cuts the ribbon

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...

National
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

National
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

National
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

National
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

National
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
Property on Airbnb

Should I Rent Out my Property on Airbnb?

National
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...

National
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.
Merri Jo Cowen - headshot

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

National
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

Movember

Hanley Investment Group Raises $30,000­­­ for Movember, Totaling $243,000

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 raised $29,401 during its annual Movember campaign.

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Helpful Tips For Building a New Home

A home is one of the best things you can have. It gives everyone a feeling of warmth, comfort, and security. You are able to relax and unwind knowing that it is something just for you. There are many ways for you to acquire a home. You can buy a home and renovate it, by an already finished home, or you can build one yourself.