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Statement of Chairman Dodd on the Fed’s Decision to Lower Interest Rates

Washington, D.C., Oct 31, 2007 -- “The financial tremors caused by the on-going subprime crisis have badly cracked and damaged one of the bedrocks of the American dream – the ability to own a home. When I met with Fed Chairman Bernanke in August, he assured me that the Fed would use all of the tools at its disposal to deal with the current crisis in our housing and financial markets.

Energy ratings not a deal breaker, but buyers likely to act on EPC advice

The average home buyer will not be put off a potential property if it has a poor energy rating, according to Legal & General. However, they would be likely to act on the energy saving proposals made in an energy performance certificate (EPC). Three months on from the launch of Home Information Packs (HIPS), the Government has said that most homes are receiving an ‘E’ rating on an A-G scale, but this could rise to a ‘C’ relatively easily.

BUSH ADMINISTRATION AWARDS $22.2 MILLION IN GRANTS TO CONVERT MULTIFAMILY PROJECTS INTO ASSISTED LIVING...

WASHINGTON - Americans in seven states will soon find themselves living in upgraded apartments equipped to meet their physical needs thanks to more than $22.2 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD Deputy Secretary Roy Bernardi today joined Onondaga County Executive Nicholas J. Pirro and representatives from the office of Congressman Jim Walsh to make the announcement at Bernardine Apartments in Syracuse, New York.

Genesis Foundation & Home Downpayment Gift Foundation Prevail

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Genesis Foundation Inc. (Genesis) and Home Downpayment Gift Foundation, Inc. (HDGF), both 501(c)3 charitable entities dedicated to helping low and moderate income families create and maintain homeownership, announced today that it has prevailed in its temporary injunction in the Unites State District Court.

More Than 200,000 Letters Sent to At-Risk Homeowners

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Beginning November 19, the nation's largest mortgage servicers will be sending HOPE NOW letters to at-risk mortgage borrowers, asking them to get help

Dodd Calls on Treasury to Increase Focus on Protecting Homeowners

Washington, D.C., Oct 17, 2007 -- Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, today sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson reiterating the need for lenders to modify subprime loans in order to avert massive foreclosures across the country.

Acting Attorney General Announces Results of Operation Home Sweet Home

WASHINGTON, OCTOBER 26, 2007 - The Justice Department announced the results of Operation Home Sweet Home, the Attorney General’s initiative to expose housing discrimination in America. In Fiscal Year 2007, the Department conducted a record number of undercover housing discrimination investigations, filed 30 lawsuits alleging unlawful housing discrimination, and obtained settlements and judgments requiring the payment of over $5 million in monetary damages to victims of discrimination and civil penalties.

Help Very Low-Income Elderly And People With Disabilities

WASHINGTON, October 26, 2007 - It will soon be easier for thousands of senior citizens and people with disabilities to find affordable housing, thanks to more than $643 million in housing assistance grants announced today by U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson.

"This Administration is committed to making sure our senior citizens and people with disabilities have opportunities to find decent housing that they can afford," said Jackson. "Neither group should ever have to worry about being able to find a safe place to live.

Americans for Prosperity Leads Coalition Effort Against Taxpayer-Funded Sub-prime Mortgage Bailout

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As Congress continues to debate the sub-prime mortgage issue, the free-market grassroots group Americans for Prosperity is leading a coalition representing millions of citizens to protect the best interests of taxpayers and homeowners.

Why do home foreclosure rates remain so high?

Oct. 23, 2007 -- As pressure mounts for Congress and the Bush Administration to restrict mortgage lending abuses that have saddled economically vulnerable families with mortgages they can not afford, the mortgage lending industry continues to funnel millions of dollars in lobbying and campaign donations to Congress, even as some of those mortgage institutions are struggling to stay afloat, a new Common Cause report shows.

Refinance Applications Increase In Latest MBA Weekly Survey

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 24, 2007 — The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) today released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending October 19, 2007. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, was 656.5, a slight increase on a seasonally adjusted basis from 656.3 one week earlier.

Comptroller Testifies on House Subprime Lending Bill

WASHINGTON, October 24, 2007 -- Comptroller of the Currency John C. Dugan today expressed support for provisions in a House bill that would set national standards for subprime mortgages comparable to federal banking agency standards, and provide enhanced regulation for all mortgage brokers, but expressed concern about some parts of the proposed legislation.

HousePlansAndMore.com Adds Exciting New Features to House Plans Web Site

With more than 15,000 home plans to choose from, users may find the task of searching for a new home a bit daunting. But with HDA's new search features, finding that special luxury house plan is a breeze. Consumers are able to search by home plan style, size, and by estimated cost-to-build

NAR, SGA Find Americans Prefer to Spend More on Mass Transit and Highway Maintenance,...

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three-fourths of Americans surveyed believe that either being smarter about development or improving public transportation are both better long-term solutions for reducing traffic congestion than building new roads, according to a survey sponsored by the National Association of Realtors and Smart Growth America.

Real estate professionals see rays of light in cloudy market

Local real estate professionals discussed how to ride out a currently stormy housing market that holds promises of better times ahead at the eighth annual State of Real Estate in the Coachella Valley presentation, held today at the Doral Palm Springs Resort.

Renters Four Times More Likely to Move Than Homeowners

OCTOBER 16, 2007 -- The U.S. Census Bureau has released a series of 34 tables on the 40 million Americans who moved between 2005 and 2006, including characteristics of movers by type of move.

Statement by Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr. on Announcement of New Private Sector Alliance

Washington, DC, October 10, 2007 --Thank you, Secretary Jackson, for being here today. And thank you to everyone here today with one common objective – helping homeowners stay in their homes. We all know well the turmoil in today's mortgage markets. A combination of stagnant or falling house prices, low down payment mortgages and resetting adjustable-rate mortgage rates are creating real challenges for many American homeowners.

Full Senate Votes to Increase LSC’s Budget

Washington, DC, October 17, 2007 -- By a vote of 75-19, the full U.S. Senate last night approved the FY 2008 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) funding bill, providing a $41.4 million or 12 percent budget increase for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the nation's single largest source of funding for civil legal aid for the poor. LSC would receive a total of $390 million, approaching the $400 million received in FY 1995, the high-water mark in the Corporation's 33-year history.

Senate And House Democratic Leaders Offer Plan To Stem Tide Of Home Foreclosures

Washington, D.C., October 2, 2007 —Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senators Chris Dodd and Charles E. Schumer, and Reps. Barney Frank and Carolyn Maloney today offered a plan to stem the rising tide of home foreclosures created by the subprime mortgage market crisis

Comprehensive Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Legislation Introduced in the House

Washington, DC, October 22, 2007 - Reps. Brad Miller (D-NC), Mel Watt (D-NC) and Barney Frank (D-MA) today introduced comprehensive legislation to combat abuses in the mortgage lending market, and to provide basic protections to mortgage consumers and investors. The bill, H.R. 3915, the “The Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2007” will reform mortgage practices in three areas.

Americans Trust Their Financial Institutions to Disclose Terms, Help Manage Finances

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- American consumers give their own banks and credit card companies a 76 percent approval rating when it comes to being fair when disclosing terms to customers; they also rank their own personal banks and credit card companies far higher than the federal government when it comes to helping them handle their overall finances, according to the Second Annual Financial Fitness Survey released by The Financial Services Roundtable.

National Association of Realtors(R) Revised 2007-2008 Statistical & Forecast News Release Schedule

National Association of Realtors(R) Revised 2007-2008 Statistical & Forecast News Release Schedule All released at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time except November Forecast/PHSI

Antitrust Division Launches Web Site on Competition in the Real Estate Brokerage Industry

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --- The Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice launched a new Web site today to educate consumers and policymakers about the potential benefits that competition can bring to consumers of real estate brokerage services and the barriers that inhibit that competition

Study: Wal-Mart Systematically Challenges Property Tax Assessments, Cutting Support for Schools and Other Government...

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 , /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --- The first-ever investigation of Wal-Mart's local property tax records finds that the retailer systematically seeks to minimize its payments that support schools and other government services. That's the finding of Rolling Back Property Tax Payments, a report released today by Good Jobs First, a non-profit research center.

American Red Cross and HUD Agree to Speed Housing Information and Assistance to Displaced...

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Many disaster survivors who have been forced from their homes will access critically needed housing information and assistance more quickly because of an agreement signed today between the American Red Cross and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

NAR Helps Realtors(R) Manage Multiple Technology Tools

CHICAGO, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Association of Realtors(R) Center for REALTOR(R) Technology has released a free software toolkit to facilitate open standards-based Single Sign-On. SSO is an authentication process that allows users to enter one username and password to access all online real estate applications.

American Planners Recognize Country’s Great Neighborhoods and Streets

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Planning Association (APA) today announced the country's first 10 Great Neighborhoods and 10 Great Streets to be singled out through the new national program, "Great Places in America." Launched last spring, Great Places in America is APA's flagship program celebrating places of exemplary character, quality, and planning. Places are selected annually and represent the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow.

Mortgage Problems Continue to Hamper Pending Home Sales

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pending sales of existing- homes activity will be dampened near-term as mortgage disruptions continue to impact the housing market, according to the National Association of Realtors(R).

Center for Responsible Lending’s Corbett to Sit on Subprime Lending Panel

Media Advisory: Center for Responsible Lending senior vice president Keith Corbett will be on a panel to discuss the impact of subprime lending on communities of color

DHS One Step Closer to Permanent, Consolidated Home

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. General Services Administration has completed a draft master plan and draft environmental impact study at St. Elizabeths Hospital, marking another milestone in GSA's effort to establish a permanent, consolidated home for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications decreased 2.7 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 17, 2017.

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CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASES IN 43 STATES IN LAST 12 MONTHS; FIVE...

Forty-three states added construction jobs between February 2016 and February 2017 while 39 states added construction jobs between January and February, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data released today. Association officials noted that the despite the relatively widespread increase in construction employment, most states are still significantly below peak construction employment levels