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The economic outlook

November 8, 2007 -- Chairman Schumer, Vice Chairman Maloney, Representative Saxton, and other members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here this morning to present an update on the economic situation and outlook.

Five Solutions for a Troubled Housing Market

How do you fix a troubled housing market? Forbes.com asked that question of a broad range of housing experts, including CEOs of real estate firms, real estate practitioners, economists from lending institutions, and research directors at analytics firms. Here are five of their best suggestions.

CUNA advises balance in House mortgage bill

WASHINGTON, November 7, 2007 -- The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Tuesday said it supports legislation intended to eliminate predatory mortgage lending practices, but advised that some provisions are "more appropriately tailored" for the mortgage brokerage industry than for depository institutions.

New Report Outlines Methods for Increasing Investments in Supportive Housing

WASHINGTON - November 7, 2007 - The Supportive Housing Investment Partnership, a collaboration between Enterprise Community Partners and the Corporation for Supportive Housing, recently released a comprehensive update on how states are using innovative policies to produce permanent affordable housing with support services to address homelessness.

Consumer Alert — Mortgage Foreclosure Scams

Are you having trouble making your home mortgage payments? Are you facing foreclosure on your home? Get all the facts before you pay someone to help you work out your mortgage problems.

HUD reports drop in number of chronically homeless persons living on nation’s streets

WASHINGTON - For the first time ever, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is reporting a nearly 12 percent decrease in the number of chronically homeless persons living on the nation's streets. HUD's analysis found that more than 20,000 persons moved from the streets into transitional and permanent supportive housing between 2005 and 2006

Home Owners Still Remodeling, But Watching

Interest in remodeling remains high, but home owners are more conservative about costs in light of declining home prices, a survey of 5,000 U.S. home owners by Remodelestimates.com found.

FTC Staff Files Mortgage Disclosure Comments With Banking Agencies

The Federal Trade Commission today released staff comments to the federal banking agencies – the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of Thrift Supervision, and the National Credit Union Administration – in response to their request for comments on proposed illustrations of consumer information for subprime mortgage lending. In their comments, FTC staff support the agencies’ efforts to develop mortgage disclosures to help subprime borrowers make better informed decisions.

Chairman Thompson Introduces The Safe and Healthy Emergency Housing Act

WASHINGTON, November 6, 2007 – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement of introduction for H.R. 4079, the “Safe and Healthy Emergency Housing Act of 2007”

FTC Staff Files Mortgage Disclosure Comments With Banking Agencies

Washington, D.C., November 1, 2007 -- The Federal Trade Commission today released staff comments to the federal banking agencies – the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of Thrift Supervision, and the National Credit Union Administration – in response to their request for comments on proposed illustrations of consumer information for subprime mortgage lending.

Real Estate Industry Groups Warn of Severe Economic Impact from Proposed Tax Increase on...

WASHINGTON, Nov 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A proposed tax increase on a partnership's long-term investment return that was approved yesterday by the House Ways and Means Committee poses a severe economic threat to economic growth, jobs and the tax base, according to a group of twelve national real estate organizations.

Tax Surprise After the Short Sale

After the Short Sale: Taxing What Isn't There Too often, real estate practitioners are unaware of the tax liabilities arising from the cancellation of debt and fail to advise their clients accordingly.

Video – New National Poll: Majority of Americans Oppose Expanded Role for Government in...

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- As Congress debates how to solve the mortgage credit crunch, a new survey by Freedom Works indicates a majority of Americans don't want Uncle Sam to foot the bill

FPA President Reacts to Paulson and Bernanke Comments on Mortgage Crises

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 17, 2007 -- The president of the Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) says homeowners on the cusp of foreclosure due to subprime loans need to evaluate their options now, and not wait for a foreclosure notice before taking action

Refinance Applications Drive Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 31, 2007 — The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) today released its weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending October 26, 2007. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, was 681.7, an increase of 3.8 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from 656.5 one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index increased 3.6 percent compared with the previous week and was up 19.5 percent compared with the same week one year earlier.

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

U.S. National


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.
Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur

Kaptur Leads Letter to President Biden Urging Further Consideration of Proposed Power Plant Emission...

National
Rural, low-income, and underserved communities’ access to reliable and affordable electricity must be preserved while
NAHB

Housing Starts Fall on Interest Rate, Financing Concerns

National
Housing starts fell in March with interest rates somewhat higher than expected last month as the latest inflation readings failed to show improvement. Builders are also still facing higher supply-

World Health Organization Wants a Lower Pollution Limit to Save Millions of Lives

National
Exposure to air pollution leads to approximately 7 million premature deaths annually and deprives millions of healthy years of life. The heightened battle against climate change and environmental degradation has once again taken centre stage, with an urgent appeal from the World Health Organization (WHO) for countries to slash air pollution limits to save millions of lives.

RELEASE: On Tax Day, Gottheimer Announces New Action to Cut Taxes and Make Life...

National
April 15, 2024, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer announced new action to lower taxes and make life more affordable for Jersey families, small businesses, and communities. According to the Tax Foundation, New Jersey has an effective state and local tax rate of more than thirteen percent — the sixth highest in the nation. In Bergen County, the median annual property tax bill is $15,000.
NAR

Existing-Home Sales Descended 4.3% in March

National
Existing-home sales slipped in March, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Among the four major U.S. regions, sales slid in the Midwest, South and West, but rose in the Northeast for the first time since November 2023. Year-over-year
How to Fix and Flip a Property in 8 Steps

How to Fix and Flip a Property in 8 Steps

National
House flipping involves purchasing a property, making improvements, and then selling it at a higher price. This venture not only offers financial gains but also the satisfaction of transforming an underappreciated home into a desirable
Renovating Your Home Before a Sale

The Ultimate Guide to Renovating Your Home Before a Sale

National
Renovating your home before putting it on the market can significantly increase its appeal to potential buyers and maximize its sale price. However, not all renovations provide equal returns
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?

U.S. States


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?

National
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.
Starbucks_Fresno

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
ABC National

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...

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

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.