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As Low-Income Households Struggle To Heat Their Homes, Menendez Works With Colleagues To Secure...

Washington, D.C. - December 4, 2007 - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is working to add an additional $1 billion in funds to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help families who are struggling with rising energy costs this winter. Sen. Menendez joined Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) in asking the president for an additional $1 billion in funding (Menendez.senate.gov/pdf/120307LIHEAPletter.pdf); he is also a co-sponsor of legislation Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-VT) introduced today – the Keep Americans Warm Act of 2007 would also increase funding to LIHEAP by $1 billion

Selling Your Home In A Down Market

When Doreen Cardin first put her house on the market, she was hopeful that the house would find a buyer right away. Cardin's husband, a mechanic, was unable to work. The loss of an income had proven tough for the young couple, who live 20 miles north of Seattle. They needed the money.

Investment Firm Optimistic About Global Housing

London-base global investment company LaSalle Investment Management told clients that the outlook for global real estate is strong, despite recent turbulence in the U.S. market and debt markets in general.

Subprime Woes Hit Buyers With Good Credit

The assumption that the subprime mortgage crisis is limited to buyers with poor credit is mistaken, according to an analysis prepared for The Wall Street Journal, which examined more than $2.5 million in subprime loans made since 2000.

MBA Hails Paulson’s Plan for Tax Exempt Bonds for Mortgage Refis

Washington, DC - December 3, 2007 - Kieran P. Quinn, CMB, Chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) applauded a proposal unveiled today by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to expand tax-exempt qualified mortgage bond programs to refinance existing loans. Under current law, these tax exempt bond programs can only be used to support purchase loans.

Americas Watchdog Simplifies The Mortgage Process With A Free How To Guide To Finance...

Americas Watchdog along with its Homeowner Consumer Center have just come up with a free and easy to understand guide, designed to help every homeowner with the mortgage process

Ten Priciest U.S. Home Sales Of 2007

Now that Alex Rodriguez has agreed to a new $275 million contract with the New York Yankees, the word in Manhattan real estate circles is that a $39 million East 80th Street townhouse may be in his future.

New HUD data shows program has helped 33,000 homeowners prevent foreclosure in three months

WASHINGTON - December 3, 2007 - In response to the Bush Administration's plan to help families avoid foreclosure, tens of thousands of homeowners are refinancing their exotic subprime loans with HUD's new government-backed mortgage product. HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson today announced that more than 33,000 borrowers have already refinanced their subprime home loans with FHASecure, a government-insured foreclosure avoidance initiative created in September.

When It Comes to Remodeling, It’s What’s Outside That Counts, Realtors(R) Report

WASHINGTON, December 03, 2007 - Many buyers judge a house by its exterior, or so it seems from the results of the 2007 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report. Three of the four projects with the highest national percentage of costs recouped this year were exterior upgrades.

Senator Clinton Calls for Immediate Action to End Foreclosure Crisis

Washington, DC - Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today sent the following letter to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson calling for needed steps to end the foreclosure crisis.

Remarks by Secretary Paulson on Actions Taken and Actions Needed in U.S. Mortgage Markets...

Washington, DC- December 3, 2007 -Thank you, John. The Office of Thrift Supervision plays an important role in our financial system, and I appreciate your leadership at this agency. Thanks, also, for hosting this second national housing forum and providing a timely opportunity for me to give an update on the U.S. economy and mortgage markets. I mention timeliness because housing issues are affecting citizens all across the country, and because Congress returns to Washington today. In the final days of this congressional session, there is much that Congress can do to help America's homeowners

Community Development Block Grant Program – CDBG

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD. The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to 1180 general units of local government and States.

4 Free Ways to Maximize Your Marketing Reach

If you’ve got a Web site, you’ve likely spent time and money trying to drive more traffic to your site. Maybe you’ve tried different strategies for search engine optimization, which typically focus on clever use of keywords to increase the chances your site will place high in search results.

Majestic Properties Launches A Nationwide Developer Tour Entitled: Global Property Showcase

On November 26, 2007, Global Property Showcase (GPS) will kick off a new exposition dedicated to bridging the gap between worldwide developers and consumers looking to purchase quality and amenity-rich real estate. This multi-city program will educate investors, 2nd-home buyers and property seekers to the various locales being represented with each global project, and of course, showcase each development in depth. Significant discounts will be given to those in attendance. The showcase is designed to engage (an expected 1,000 attendees in total) and provide guests with valuable insights and opportunities that serve to enhance their property portfolios.

House Approves Disaster Insurance Legislation

The House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill that would help protect insurance markets in disaster-prone states from suffering devastating losses in the event of a catastrophic natural disaster.

Ariz.: Selling Students on Real Estate Investing

Using the multi-level marketing techniques made popular by Amway, Nouveau Riche University is selling real estate investment classes and a host of related products and services to would-be tycoons.

Atlanta-Based Federal Home Loan Bank Upped Cash Flow to Countrywide by 77 Percent In...

WASHINGTON, DC — With Countrywide Financial Corp. increasingly turning to the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) system for cash advances to stay afloat as other liquidity sources shun the company, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) urged the overseer of the federally-supported bank network to probe the underlying risk of Countrywide’s collateral and to issue new, system-wide regulations to reduce the banks’ exposure to risky or predatory loans.

House Prices Weaken Further In Most Recent Quarter

Washington, DC, November 29, 2007 – For the first time in nearly thirteen years, U.S. home prices experienced a quarterly decline. The OFHEO House Price Index (HPI), which is based on data from sales and refinance transactions, was 0.4 percent lower in the third quarter than in the second quarter of 2007.

MAYORS’ REPORT: FORECLOSURE CRISIS HITS METRO AREAS’ ECONOMIES, SLOWS GDP, JOB GROWTH & TAX...

Detroit, MI – The U.S. Conference of Mayors unveiled today an economic impact report on the foreclosure crisis that forecasts sharp losses in the growth of gross domestic product and projects economic output losses for 361 metro areas -- referred to as gross metropolitan product (GMP).

Mortgage Applications Decrease In Latest MBA Weekly Survey

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 28, 2007 The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) today released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending November 23, 2007. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, was 652.5, a decrease of 4.3 percent on a seasonally and holiday adjusted basis from 681.7 one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased 25.5 percent compared with the previous week reflecting the Thanksgiving holiday on November 22 and was up 24.6 percent compared with the same week one year earlier.

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Support Ukrainian Refugees

GFP Real Estate and Its Tenants Raise More Than $200,000 to Support Ukrainian Refugees

National
GFP Real Estate is pleased to announce that its "Support Ukraine in Crisis" campaign raised more than $200,000 to support humanitarian relief efforts on the ground in Ukraine.
Congressman Ruben Gallego

NEW GALLEGO BILL INCREASES SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS FOR SENIORS

National
Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03) introduced the Boosting Benefits and COLAs for Seniors Act, legislation that changes the calculations for Social Security cost of living adjustments (COLAs) to more
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD Takes a Major Step to Boost Homeownership in Tribal Communities

National
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a final rule that will increase lender participation in the Section 184 Indian Housing Loan Guarantee (Section 184)

CONSUMER ALERT: THE NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF STATE’S DIVISION OF CONSUMER PROTECTION REMINDS NEW...

National
For this week’s “Tuesday’s Tips,” the New York Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection is sharing tips to help New Yorkers identify and avoid rental scams. Rental scams are executed in a variety of different ways, but the goal is the same: bilk potential tenants out of as much money as possible or steal their personal information.
Senator Bill Cassidy

CASSIDY DEMANDS CONGRESS KEEP FLOOD INSURANCE AFFORDABLE

National
U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today delivered a speech on the U.S. Senate floor demanding Congress take action to ensure the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) remains affordable
FEMA

Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Washington County

National
The State of Maine and FEMA have opened a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Washington County. The DRC is a temporary facility established to help survivors recover from the severe

Sustainable Practices in Modern Asphalt Production and Paving

National
Asphalt production is a critical aspect of our built environment. It's the material we use to pave roads, construct driveways, lay airport runways, and create pathways in public parks. Manufacturing asphalt involves heating and combining aggregates, like sand or gravel, with binders, such as bitumen, to create a versatile and durable construction material.

Transforming Your Oasis: Navigating Current Bathroom Remodeling Trends

National
The latest trends in bathroom remodeling showcase a deliberate blend of beauty and practicality. Homeowners are seeking spaces that cater to essential functions and provide a comfort level that befits the modern lifestyle. Spaces are designed to be zones of relaxation - a place to unwind after a long day or to energize and prepare for the day ahead

Paterson Youth Council to Host Financial Literacy Day at John F. Kennedy High School

National
In celebration of National Financial Literacy Month this April, NJCDC’s Paterson Youth Council is hosting a Financial Literacy Day event at John F. Kennedy High School this Tuesday. Paterson Youth Council members will be joined by volunteers from local financial institutions to teach JFK students about different financial literacy topics.

NAREB NATIONAL BUILDING BLACK WEALTH DAY ATTRACTED OVER 25,000 PEOPLE AT EVENTS ACROSS THE...

National
On Saturday, April 13, more than 25,000 individuals flocked to events nationwide, marking the National Building Black Wealth Day as designated by the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB). In over 100 cities, seminars and one-on-one sessions delved into a wide range of topics, from homeownership and property investment to business startups and other wealth-building opportunities.

Estate Lots: Tailoring Your Dream Home in a Tranquil Setting

National
Discover the allure of estate lots and how they provide the perfect canvas for tailoring your dream home in a tranquil setting. Explore the benefits of owning an estate lot and learn how you can create your own slice of paradise amidst serene surroundings.

Maximizing Returns on Your Real Estate Investments: Tips For Effective Property Management

National
Investing in real estate is a smart way to grow your money, but it's not just about buying property and hoping for the best. Effective property management is key to maximizing your returns and ensuring your investment pays off. 

Effective Marketing Strategies for Spring Rentals: Attracting Seasonal & Year-Round Tenants

National
Spring brings fresh opportunities for property owners to attract seasonal and year-round tenants. This period is crucial for making your rental stand out in a crowded market. But how do you ensure your property catches the eye of potential renters?
MBA

Mortgage Credit Availability Increased in March

National
Mortgage credit availability increased in March according to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) that analyzes data from ICE Mortgage Technology.

Investing in Tomorrow: Clean Energy as the Path to Prosperity for All

National
On Earth Day 1993, I delivered the first major speech of my life. It was in New York City’s Bryant Park, kicking off a nationwide tour to rally opposition to the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
DC Department of Housing and Community Development

Statement from DHCD on Passage of Bill to Support Talbert Street Homeowners

National
The Council of the District of Columbia passed the “Relief for River East at Grandview Condominium Owners Emergency Act of 2024,” which includes critical supports for homeowners of River East at Grandview Estates, also known as Talbert Street.
U.S. Department of the Treasury

Remarks by Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo at Good Jobs Solar Summit

National
Thank you, General President Booker, and thank you to LiUNA, IBEW and IUOE for inviting me to join you today in recognition of the unprecedented growth we’re seeing across the solar industry and the
NAR

National Association of Realtors® Announces Partnership With SoFi

National
The National Association of Realtors® today announced SoFi as a new partner with NAR REALTOR Benefits®. As part of the agreement, NAR members and their clients can receive exclusive

Black Women Contractors Request House of Representative Minority Leader Congressman Hakeem Jeffries to Demand...

National
Ann McNeill, Founder and Chair, National Association of Black Women in Construction (NABWIC), authored a letter to the House of Representatives Minority Leader, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries to demand mandatory, equitable contracting goals in US DOT surface transportation contract awards.
Congressman Scott Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald Introduces Bill to Codify Credit Reporting Practices for Homebuyers

National
Congressman Scott Fitzgerald (WI-05) released the following statement after introducing the Accurate Credit Reporting for Homebuyers Act, a bill to codify the long-standing requirement

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FEMA

President Donald J. Trump Approves Emergency Disaster Declaration for Texas

Texas
FEMA announced federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Texas to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Hanna from July 25, 2020, and continuing
FEMA

FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Numbers Fire

California
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the State of Nevada in combating the Numbers Fire burning in Douglas County.
Start An LLC In Texas

How Much Does It Cost To Start An LLC In Texas?

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In the process of setting up your Texas LLC, you'll be faced with quite a few expenses. Some of these are required by legislation, and others are just recommended. We'll cover the costs of setting up an LLC in Texas and also provide you with the informatio
Registered Agent In Texas

5 Benefits Of Using A Registered Agent In Texas

Texas
The services of a registration agent began as part of due process in the US Constitution. A lawsuit includes the legal right to be notified of claims or other legal matters. Here are some brief things that will help explain what a Registered Agent Service In Texas 

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

California
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
FEMA

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

Texas
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...

Florida
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.

WALTER J. MAHONEY STATE OFFICE BUILDING TO BE SOLD

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
SCR

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

National
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

WHAT IS THE EVICTION PROCESS IN CALIFORNIA?

California
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

FEMA Offers Free Rebuilding Tips at Local Home Improvement Stores

Texas
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...

Florida
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

National
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

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AGC

SIXTY PERCENT OF FIRMS WORKING ON HIGHWAY UPGRADES EXPERIENCED CARS CRASHING INTO THEIR WORK...

National
Annual Survey by HCSS and Associated General Contractors of America Finds Drivers and Passengers are at Greater Risk of Injury and Death in Work Zone Crashes As Officials Urge Drivers
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...

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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.
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

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

Support Ukrainian Refugees

GFP Real Estate and Its Tenants Raise More Than $200,000 to...

GFP Real Estate is pleased to announce that its "Support Ukraine in Crisis" campaign raised more than $200,000 to support humanitarian relief efforts on the ground in Ukraine.

Recent Gov & Nonprofit Real Estate Press Releases

Support Ukrainian Refugees

GFP Real Estate and Its Tenants Raise More Than $200,000 to...

GFP Real Estate is pleased to announce that its "Support Ukraine in Crisis" campaign raised more than $200,000 to support humanitarian relief efforts on the ground in Ukraine.