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Chairman Hensarling: “Open Question Whether FHA Has Now Morphed into Countrywide. Arguably, the FHA...

WASHINGTON, DC - February 6, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) delivered the following opening statement at today’s hearing on the proper role of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) in the nation's mortgage insurance market. Today's hearing is the first in a series of hearings the committee plans on the FHA.

Best Housing Markets Named in 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 6, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The best housing markets in 2013 have been named by Money Journal , which provides expert financial insight on stocks, bonds, real estate and all sorts of investments.

ABC Unveils New, Advanced Political Advocacy App

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 6, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today unveiled its new political advocacy action software application (app), ABC Action, which allows users to send letters directly to the offices of federal officials in Washington, D.C. on a mobile device.

New Bedford’s Homeless Service Providers Network Announces 2013 Annual Point-in-Time Homeless Count

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 6, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- New Bedford, Massachusetts- On Wednesday, January 30th from 2:00 p.m. to January 31st at 2:00pm the New Bedford Homeless Continuum of Care, known as the Homeless Service Providers Network, will ...

REBNY’s Residential Management Council Releases Residential Property Management Catalogue

New York, NY - February 6, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Real Estate Board of New York’s (REBNY) Residential Management Council (RMC), in a continuing effort to expedite the management selection process for residential building owners and boards of ...

Crescent Resources Selects Little for Design and Master Planning of South Tryon Commercial Property...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 6, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Crescent Resources has selected Little, a diversified architectural consulting firm, to begin design and master planning for a signature property that Crescent has assembled at South Tryon and East Stonewall streets in Uptown Charlotte. Little has been asked to review a full range of options for the strategic location, which predominantly will feature office space but also may include a mix of uses including hospitality, retail and multi-family.

Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 6, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Mortgage applications increased 3.4 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 1, 2013. Last week’s results included an adjustment for the Martin Luther King holiday.

MBA Honors Robert M. Stout with 2013 CREF Distinguished Service Award

San Diego, CA - February 6, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) today awarded Robert M. Stout, CRI, President and CEO of Q10 Capital, LLC, with the 2013 CREF Distinguished Service Award at the Association's 23rd annual Commercial Real Estate Finance(CREF)/Multifamily Housing Convention & Expo held in San Diego, CA. The award was given to Stout in recognition of his dedication and service to MBA and the real estate finance industry

MBA Honors Guy Johnson of Johnson Capital Group with Inaugural “Be A Leader” Award

San Diego, CA - February 6, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) today presented Guy Johnson, President of Johnson Capital Group, Inc., with its first ever “Be A Leader” award at the Association's 23rd annual Commercial Real Estate Finance(CREF)/Multifamily Housing Convention & Expo held in San Diego, CA. Brian F. Stoffers, CMB, President, CBRE Debt & Equity Finance and Chair of MBA’s Commercial Real Estate/Multifamily Finance Board of Governors (COMBOG) presented the award to Johnson in recognition of his commitment to member outreach to the commercial/multifamily real estate finance industr

NAHB Honors Ted Schlossman with Daniel M. Grady Memorial Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 6, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) posthumously honored Ted Schlossman with the Daniel M. Grady Memorial Award in recognition for his leadership of NAHB’s Multifamily Council and his dedication to the multifamily industry.

List of Improving Housing Markets Expands to 259 in February; All 50 States Represented

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 6, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The number of improving housing markets continued to expand for a sixth consecutive month to a total of 259 metropolitan areas on the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) for February, released today. This is up from 242 markets listed as improving in January, and includes entrants from all 50 states and the District of the Columbia

Iowa Finance Authority Announces New Program for Home Buyers and Winter Homeownership Contest

CEDAR RAPIDS - February 6, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) today joined Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust in Cedar Rapids and area lenders and Realtors to urge participation in the Home in Paradise Contest, a statewide social m...

Missing Pieces: Fixing Inclusionary Zoning for ownership

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 6, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Yesterday, an article was posted on Greater Greater Washington addressing Inclusionary Zoning policy, specifically as it pertains to ownership units (which have permanent resale and rental restrictions) and similarities with current Affordable Dwelling Units (ADU) in DC.

Governor McDonnell Announces $225,000 for the Building Collaborative Communities Program

RICHMOND - February 6, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Bob McDonnell today announced $225,000 in funding for five projects in Virginia through the Building Collaborative Communities program. The program promotes regional economic collaboration in e...

Van Hollen and Reichert to Serve as Co-Chairs of RE&EE Caucus

Washington, D.C. - February 6, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today the House Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus announced that Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) will serve as Caucus Co-Chairs in the 113th ...

Former Madison County Treasurer Guilty of Structuring Property Tax Sales to Reward Campaign Contributors

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 6, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The former treasurer of Madison County, Illinois pled guilty in U.S. District Court on February 5, 2013, to violating the Sherman Antitrust Act, the United States Attorney for the Southern Distr...

FEMA and SBA Assistance Registration Deadline is Feb. 12 for Hurricane Sandy Victims

WINDSOR, CT - February 6, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Homeowners, renters, nonprofits and businesses of all sizes have until Tuesday, Feb. 12 to register for FEMA disaster assistance or apply for disaster loans through the U.S. Small Business Administra...

Waters Requests Hearing on Termination of Independent Foreclosure Review Process

Washington, DC - February 6, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congresswoman Maxine Waters, ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, today sent the attached letter to Jeb Hensarling, chairman of the committee, requesting that he hold a hearin...

IDX, Inc. and Ronald Kimball of New Visions Realty LLC bring concise online real...

EUGENE, OR - February 6, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- IDX, Inc. and Ronald Kimball have joined forces to present Port Orchard, Washington property listings in one convenient and easy-to-use online real estate resource on his New Visions Realty LLC websit...

IDX, Inc. teams with real estate web developer Kenley Dick to match Georgia buyers...

EUGENE, OR - February 6, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Hephzibah, Georgia home seekers can now quickly and easily find their dream home online, thanks to the partnership between IDX, Inc. and real estate web developer Kenley Dick. The IDX solution Dick no...

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FEMA Offers Free Rebuilding Tips at Local Home Improvement Stores

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.

Pending Home Sales Ascend 5.2% in January

Pending home sales rebounded in January, ticking up following a decline in December, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Only the West region reported a minor drop in month-over-month contract activity
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Mortgage Short Sale Negotiator Sentenced for Defrauding Mortgage Lenders

The principal and co-founder of a North Andover mortgage short sale assistance company was sentenced yesterday in connection with defrauding mortgage lenders and investors out of nearly $500,000 in proceeds from about 90 short sale transactions
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton to Speak at Brookfield Properties Groundbreaking at The Yards

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will speak at a Brookfield Properties groundbreaking for a 300,000 square-foot headquarters for Chemonics International at The Yards in Southeast D.C. tomorrow, February 27th, at 11:00 a.m.

Nine in 10 U.S. Adults Support Local Government Investments in Infrastructure Improvements to Promote...

More than nine in 10 adults from every major demographic group want their local government to invest in infrastructure improvements that promote economic activity in their community, according to a newly released National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) poll. More than three in four adults say such investments are extremely or very important.

EPA Reaches Settlements with Three Construction Companies for Clean Water Violations in Massachusetts

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached settlements with three Massachusetts construction companies, which ensures they will come into compliance with stormwater

Multifamily Builder and Developer Confidence Remains Unchanged in Fourth Quarter

Confidence in the market for new multifamily housing remained unchanged in the fourth quarter, according to results from the Multifamily Market Survey (MMS) released today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

New Home Sales Strong at Start of 2020

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 7.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 764,000 units in January, coming off an upward revision in December, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.
Property Buyers, Brisbane

Why Get Property Buyers, Brisbane

Looking for a house in Brisbane but don’t know where to start? It might be best to hire a pro to make things easier! Many people think that it’s expensive to hire experts, but they don’t have to see the results after hiring an amateur to do the job.

Hanley Investment Group Sells Two, Two-Tenant Properties with Starbucks Drive-Thru for $5.7M

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 completed the sale of two
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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties Launches New iBuyer Service to Help Homeowners

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties, the leading real estate company in Arizona with offices in nearly every corner of the state, announces a new iBuyer service
Mayor Muriel Bowser

Mayor Bowser Cuts Ribbon on The Aya, Ward 6’s Short-Term Family Housing Program

Mayor Muriel Bowser cut the ribbon to The Aya, the Short-Term Family Housing site in Ward 6 and the latest of the eight sites opening in the District. This ribbon cutting is part of Mayor Bower’s strategic plan to end homelessness

Existing-Home Sales Drop 1.3% in January

Existing-home sales declined in January, continuing a fluctuating pattern of monthly increases and declines, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Significant declines in the West region dragged down nationwide numbers

NAR Echoes White House Calls for Local Solutions to Address Housing Affordability Crisis

National Association of Realtors® President Vince Malta issued the following statement after the White House Council of Economic Advisers issued a report warning America’s GDP growth is threatened by housing affordability constraints

Second Century Ventures Continues Global Expansion of REACH Accelerator

Second Century Ventures, the strategic investment arm of the National Association of Realtors®, announced Monday plans to expand the REACH Accelerator program to Canada.

Minority Homeownership Rates Continue to Lag Behind the National Average, NAR Finds

The United States homeownership rate has recently seen a rebound to 65.1% in the fourth quarter of 2019 from a low of 62.9% in the second quarter of 2016. While the increase in the overall homeownership rate is encouraging

Michael P. Flood Named Senior Vice President of Commercial/Multifamily Policy and Member Engagement

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) announced today that Michael P. Flood has been named Senior Vice President of Commercial/Multifamily Policy and Member Engagement.

Transcript of Speaker Pelosi, Congresswoman Garcia Press Conference in Houston on House Democrats’ Moving...

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee held a press conference in Houston following a roundtable discussion with local business and labor leaders on House Democrats’ Moving Forward infrastructure proposal
Ginnie Mae

Ginnie Mae MBS Outstanding Increases to $2.130 Trillion

Ginnie Mae announced that issuance of its mortgage-backed securities (MBS) totaled $57.85 billion in January, providing financing for more than 223,938 homeowners and renters.

Essential General Real Estate Terms You Should Know

The world of real estate is full of industry specific jargon that can make you feel out of your depths at every step of the way. It can add layers of confusion to an already complicated and stressful process. This can keep you from being as confident as you should be and can keep you from ultimately achieving your goals.

U.S. States

Avoid TV Tip-Over Incidents During Super Bowl LIV with Safety Tips

New York
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) is alerting consumers about the dangers of television (TV) tip-over hazards. Millions of New Yorkers will watch the Super Bowl this Sunday either on TVs at home or at parties with friends. DCP is taking this TV-focused occasion to remind consumers of critical TV safety tips.

Brand-New Single-Tenant Starbucks Drive-Thru Trades in Fresno, Calif. for $1,345 PSF

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 completed the sale of a brand-new, single-tenant Starbucks

Rosenberg family home for the holidays – and prepared for future hurricanes

A Houston-area mom is sharing her Hurricane Harvey recovery story this holiday season, along with the importance of always being prepared for flood events.

5 Cities in Florida: Which One Makes for the Best Real Estate Investment Opportunity...

Fast-growing Florida has been a favorite of real estate investors for many years. With so much interest having been focused on the state, though, investors need to take care to seek the best available opportunities.


New York
Office of General Services Commissioner RoAnn Destito today announced that the Senator Walter J. Mahoney State Office Building located at 65 Court Street in Buffalo will be sold at auction in 2020. A work group formed earlier this year made up of City, County, and State officials working with professional real estate consultants CBRE, determined that in the current competitive and robust Buffalo real estate market

Charleston South Carolina expected to outpace national real estate market averages through 2025

The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) recently identified 10 markets expected to outperform over the next three to five years. In alphabetical order, the markets are
Peter Evering


Eviction is a dirty word for both tenants and the landlords that believe the time has come to remove one or more parties from an apartment. The process anywhere can lead to a strained relationship at best and a bitter acrimonious fight that ends up in the judicial system.

FEMA Offers Free Rebuilding Tips at Local Home Improvement Stores

Disaster survivors affected by the severe storms and floods from Tropical Storm Imelda, can visit local home improvement stores in Katy, Houston and Spring from Monday, Dec. 9, to Saturday
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Florida Tops ABC’s Annual Merit Shop Scorecard State Ranking for Second Year in a...

Associated Builders and Contractors released its 2019 Merit Shop Scorecard today, an annual ranking based on state policies and programs that encourage workforce development, career and technical education
Top 4 Places to Buy a Second Home

Top 4 Places to Buy a Second Home in the US

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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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



New Home Sales Decline in May

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.

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

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.

Port Aransas ready for return of summer tourism

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

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?

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...

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

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

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

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


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


FEMA Offers Free Rebuilding Tips at Local Home Improvement Stores

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.

Recent Gov & Nonprofit Real Estate Press Releases


FEMA Offers Free Rebuilding Tips at Local Home Improvement Stores

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.