CB RICHARD ELLIS TO PARTNER WITH REBUILDING TOGETHER FOR NFL-SANCTIONED ‘KICKOFF TO REBUILD’ CHARITY...

Dallas, TX - January 25, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. (CBRE) has announced that it will join Rebuilding Together on Thursday, February 3, to help revitalize a dozen homes in need of repair and perform general community clean-up in the Arlington, Texas, neighborhood of Drummond Drive as a sponsor of the nonprofit‘s 16th annual Kickoff to Rebuild charity event.

How walkable is your apartment community?

NORFOLK, VA - January 25, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- For Rent Media Solutions™, a leading resource for searching apartments nationwide and a division of Dominion Enterprises, has introduced Walk Score® on ForRent.com, the company’s anchor web site. Through this partnership with Walk Score, renters can measure the walkability of a neighborhood and use this feature when narrowing down their search for apartments.

New Survey Shows BOMA 360 Designees Demonstrate Operational Savings and Compete for Tenants

WASHINGTON, DC - January 25, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- A new survey conducted by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International shows that BOMA 360 designees are able to document operational savings, develop new policies and procedures, and attract new tenants because of their designation. The BOMA 360 Performance Program is a groundbreaking program designed to recognize commercial properties that demonstrate best practices in building operations and management. Since the program’s inception in Spring 2009, 180 buildings have been designated. The survey was sent to BOMA 360 designees who have had the designation for a year or more.

Capitol Hill Veteran Cindy Chetti Named Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the...

WASHINGTON, DC – Capitol Hill veteran Cindy Chetti has been named Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Multi Housing Council (NMHC). She will be responsible for developing and implementing strategy for all legislative and regulatory issues of interest to NMHC and its joint legislative partner, the National Apartment Association.

Denver area home search done right, with online real estate solution and IDX synced...

EUGENE, OR - January 25, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Welcoming Jackie Nordstrom to the growing network of real estate agents and brokers, IDX, Inc. is pleased to announce they have added a customized IDX solution to the website of Nordstrom. She now hosts a comprehensive online property search conveniently on her page, thanks to IDX Broker and Metrolist Denver (MTOMLS). Thousands of properties are automatically linked to her website with the thorough MTOMLS and the incredible IDX solution she employs. Never before has it been easier for Denver, Colorado home seekers to search for a home online, than now, with the website of Nordstrom and Colorado Real Estate Associates

RE/MAX Senior Counsel Named to International Trademark Association’s Board of Directors

Denver, CO - January 25, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Adam Scoville, RE/MAX Senior Counsel, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Trademark Association (INTA), a worldwide association that supports and advances trademarks and intellectual property as elements of fair and effective global commerce.

U.S. Monthly House Price Index Unchanged from October to November

WASHINGTON, DC - January 25, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. house prices were unchanged on a seasonally adjusted basis from October to November, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s monthly House Price Index. The previously reported 0.7 percent increase in October was revised downward to a 0.2 percent increase. For the 12 months ending in November, U.S. prices fell 4.3 percent. The U.S. index is 14.9 percent below its April 2007 peak and roughly the same as the August 2004 index level.

MAMCO Property Management Announces Employee Designations

Mt. Laurel, NJ - January 24, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- MAMCO Property Management, an Associa company, is proud to announce that Samantha Wallace and Linda Schlindwein have earned their Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) designations while Natalie Fries has completed her Association Management Specialist (AMS) designation

Benchmark Association Services Refunds Surplus of Funds to West Sahara Community Association (WSCA) Homeowners

Las Vegas, NV - January 24, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Benchmark Association Services, an Associa company, is pleased to announce that a surplus of funds is being returned to the WSCA members by a complete forgiveness of their first quarter dues and a reduction of the dues for the following quarters.

33 National Organizations Urge Administration to Act on Revenue for National Housing Trust Fund

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 24, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- In a January 21 letter to White House policy chiefs, the National Housing Trust Fund Campaign called on the Obama Administration to recommend funding for the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) in its upcoming report on the future of federal housing finance policy.

HUD Awards $3.4 Million To Assist 22 Homeless Programs In Alaska Part Of Administration...

ANCHORAGE, AK - January 24, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded nearly $3,420,701 in Continuum of Care renewal grants to support 22 local homeless providers across Alaska in the c...

New ABR® App for iPhone Helps REALTORS® Connect with Buyers

Chicago, IL - January 24, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Realtors® who work with buyers now have a new resource available through the ABR® App for the iPhone. Available now through the iTunes store, this new benefit will help Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designees grow their business while also connecting with home buyers

Homeowners Say They’ll Walk from Mortgages

Destin, FL - January 24, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Almost half of U.S. homeowners say they’ll walk away from their mortgages if home prices continue to fall. That’s according to a new survey conducted by online real estate forecasting firm Housing Predictor.

Countdown to National Consumer Protection Week 2011 Begins; Website and Blog Launched

Washington, DC - January 24, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Federal Trade Commission has launched the website and blog for National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) 2011, to be held March 6-12. The annual event, now in its 13th year, is hosted by the FTC and nearly 30 other government agencies, consumer groups, and national organizations. The website, www.ncpw.gov, provides information about consumer rights, and promotes free resources to help consumers protect their privacy, manage credit and debt, avoid identity theft, understand mortgages, and recognize frauds and scams.

$350,000 awarded Wayne Community Housing Development Corporation for Purchase/Rehab/Resell program

LINCOLN, NB - January 21, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has awarded Wayne Community Housing Development Corporation (WCHDC) in Wayne, Neb., $350,000 in HOME funding earmarked for Community Housing Deve...

Merkley Tells President Stronger Action Needed on Foreclosure Crisis

Washington, D.C. - January 20, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley penned a letter to President Obama today urging a greater focus on helping families stay in their homes and avoid foreclosure. In the letter, Merkley stressed that a strong housing market is essential to future job creation and noted that next week’s State of the Union address would be an ideal moment to jump start the conversation about how we can decrease foreclosures, stabilize the housing market, and help spur economic recovery.

Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Stuck in a Holding Pattern

NEW YORK, N.Y. - January 20, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Mortgage rates showed little movement this week, with the benchmark conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate nosing higher to 4.95 percent according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. The average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.4 discount and origination points.

Real property taxes are due soon

L?HU‘E, HI - January 20, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- County officials would like to remind Kaua‘i property owners that the second installment of real property taxes for the 2010-2011 tax year is due on Feb. 20

Tame Inflation Figures Leave Mortgage Rates Mixed

McLean, VA - January 20, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The survey results showed mixed results for both long- and short-term rates, with the 30-year rising slightly and the 15-year falling just as slightly.

Secretary Chu Announces Major New Recovery Act Milestone: 300,000 Homes Weatherized

WASHINGTON, DC - January 20, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that states and territories across the country have now weatherized more than 300,000 low-income homes under the Recovery Act, a major milestone in the Department's efforts to reduce home energy bills for families. This means that states are now more than 50 percent of the way toward meeting President Obama's goal of weatherizing approximately 600,000 homes under the Recovery Act.

HUD AWARDS $1.4 BILLION TO NEARLY 7,000 LOCAL HOMELESS PROGRAMS – PART OF ADMINISTRATION...

WASHINGTON, DC - January 20, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded $1.41 billion in funding to keep nearly 7,000 local homeless assistance programs operating in the coming year (see attached chart).

December Existing-Home Sales Jump

Washington, DC - January 20, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Existing-home sales rose sharply in December, when sales increased for the fifth time in the past six months, according to the National Association of REALTORS

Owners, Renters Agree: Owning a Home is a Smart Decision

Washington, DC - January 20, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- A substantial majority of both home owners and current renters agree that owning a home is a smart decision over the long term. That’s according to the results of a National Association of Realtors® survey of 3,793 adults conducted online by Harris Interactive

Drew Waterhouse of Hammerhouse Provides Outlook On ...

MISSION VIEJO, CA - January 20, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Hammerhouse LLC, an expanding national recruiting and strategic growth firm for the financial service industry with mortgage sales and leadership placement at its core, today released Drew Waterhouse, Managing Director of Hammerhouse outlook on key hiring trends in the mortgage industry in 2011

ConsensusDOCS® Releases New and Updated Contract Documents to Address Today’s Design and Construction Industry...

Washington D.C. - January 20, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- In response to the construction industry’s markedly changed economic conditions and rapid adoption of new technologies and green building goals, ConsensusDOCS today released a comprehensive update to its library of construction contract documents, as well as new contracts.

Housing Starts Decline, Building Permits Rise in December

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 20, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Nationwide housing starts declined 4.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 529,000 units in the final month of 2010, according to newly released figures by the U.S. Commerce Department. While this was the slowest pace of starts activity since October 2009, the year-end data indicate that production of new homes improved 6.1 percent in 2010 from the previous year. On another positive note, permit issuance for construction of new homes and apartments rose 16.7 percent in December to a rate of 635,000 units, the strongest pace since March of 2010

RE/MAX EXECUTIVES PROMOTED TO LEAD CHARGE IN 2011

DENVER, CO - January 20, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- RE/MAX, LLC today announced the promotion of two key executives as the Denver-based franchise continues to dominate the real estate industry both domestically and internationally

Nation’s Home Builders Elect Leadership for 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 20, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Members of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) elected four senior officers to top leadership positions within the federation during the association's International Builders' Show in Orlando.With more than 800 affiliated state and local home builders associations and more than 160,000 members across the country, NAHB is the "voice of the housing industry," representing the interests of the nation's housing professionals through advocacy, education and research

Rahall Announces $1.4 Million Awarded for Housing Assistance

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 19, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) today announced southern West Virginia housing programs have been awarded nearly $1.4 million in grant funding for housing assistance to homeless individuals a...

Delegation Announces More Than $1.6 Million In Grants For Homelessness Programs

Washington, DC - January 19, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg announced today that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding $1,665,449 in federal grants to organizations and government agencies throughout North Dakota to combat homelessness in the state

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Court Finds Defendants Lied to Consumers When Selling Legal Services for...

A federal court has found that Jeremy Foti and Charles Marshall, acting through Brookstone Law and Advantis Law, “made numerous false and/or misleading material statements to consumers” when selling legal services for purported mortgage relief.