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August Long Island Home Sales Show Signs of Recovery as Annual Price Comparison Gaps...

W. Babylon, NY - September 18, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Multiple Listing Service of Long Island, Inc. released the August 2009 housing figures that reported a $385,000 closed median home price for Long Island, the highest reported since October 2008.

August Long Island Home Sales Show Signs of Recovery as Annual Price Comparison Gaps...

W. Babylon, NY - September 18, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Multiple Listing Service of Long Island, Inc. released the August 2009 housing figures that reported a $385,000 closed median home price for Long Island, the highest reported since October 2008.

Attorney General McKenna joins honchos in mortgage fraud huddle

OLYMPIA, WA - September 17, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna fears a rise in scam victims as struggling homeowners trying to tap legitimate payment relief programs are simultaneously solicited by charlatans.

New York State Approves $181.6 Million in Financing to Construct and Preserve 2,060 Affordable...

NEW YORK, NY - September 10, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- The boards of the New York State Housing Finance Agency (HFA) and the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC) approved $181.6 million in financing today to build and preserve 2,060 units of affordable housing throughout New York State.

Banking Department Helps Set National Standards For State Mortgage Regulation

HARRISBURG, PA - September 11, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Details of a new, national accreditation program for state mortgage regulators will be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on September 12, allowing for its adoption by other states.

Menendez And Bergen Housing Authority Secure Additional $3.7 Million From Feds For Housing Assistance

WASHINGTON, DC - September 11, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and the Housing Authority of Bergen County announced that they have secured an additional $3,730,211 in funding for Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers for Bergen County.

DCA, HMFA Break Ground on 50-Unit Affordable Housing Building in Newark

NEWARK, NJ - September 3, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Acting Commissioner Charles A. Richman and New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA) Executive Director Marge Della Vecchia today joined local officials to break ground on Roseville Commons, a 50-unit affordable housing building located at 533-567 Orange Street in Newark.

New York State Board of Real Estate Appraisal To Meet

ALBANY, NY - September 14, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- A meeting of the New York State Board of Real Estate Appraisal will be held on Friday, September 18, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at the Department of State, Division of Licensing Services, Alfred E. Smith State Office Bldg., 80 South Swan Street, 10th Floor Conference Room, Albany, NY, and 123 William Street, 19th Floor Conference Room, NYC, NY.

Victims of Foreclosure Rescue Fraud to Receive Refunds

LANSING, MI - September 17, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) --Attorney General Mike Cox today announced that Michigan residents victimized by foreclosure fraud schemes can receive refunds as a result of charges filed against SaveMyHome USA, Payment Doctors and the Michigan Economic Reinstatement Program. The companies were held accountable after an undercover investigation by the Attorney General's office discovered that the companies' representatives made misleading statements and charged borrowers upfront fees in violation of the Michigan Credit Services Protection Act

OFIR Revokes Grand Blanc Mortgage Company’s License

LANSING, MI - September 17, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation (OFIR) has revoked the mortgage license of Grand Blanc-based Freedom Financial Mortgage Lending, LLC for violating the state’s Mortgage Brokers, Lenders and Servicers Licensing Act. Freedom Financial failed to comply with OFIR’s license renewal process and failed to cooperate with the agency while OFIR staff attempted to conduct an examination.

Skelton Cosponsors Legislation to Ensure Service Members Can Take Full Advantage of First-Time Homebuyer...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - September 17, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, Congressman Ike Skelton (D-MO) joined Congressman Charles B. Rangel (D-NY), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr. (R-NC), and 26 other Members of the House of Representatives, in introducing H.R. 3590, the Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act of 2009. This deficit-neutral legislation would amend the federal tax code to ensure military personnel can take full advantage of the first-time homebuyer tax credit that was created as part of H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

CARDIN, ENSIGN, REID, ISAKSON AND STABENOW CALL FOR A SIX-MONTH EXTENSION OF THE $8,000...

Washington, DC - September 17, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), last night, along with Senators John Ensign (R-NV), Harry Reid (D-NV), Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced a six-month extension of the popular $8,000 federal tax credit for first-time homebuyers. The current provision, passed as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, expires December 1, 2009. According to the most recent Treasury data, nearly 530,000 Americans have applied for the tax cut to help them purchase their first home. About 40 percent of all home buyers this year will be eligible for the tax credit.

Secretary Daniels Presents State Capitol Exhibit on National Parks

LITTLE ROCK, AR - September 17, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Secretary of State Charlie Daniels today announced the opening of the autumn State Capitol exhibit, Natural, National: The National Parks and Arkansas, which salutes the National Park Service and its six Arkansas properties.

Goddard Meets with Geithner, Holder to Ramp Up Fight Against Mortgage Fraud

Washington, D.C. - September 17, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard met this morning with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, other senior Obama Administration officials and 11 other state Attorneys General to coordinate proactive strategies and strengthen efforts to fight consumer fraud in the housing markets

Chris Koster and seven other Attorneys General to meet with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner...

Jefferson City, MO - September 17, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) --Attorney General Chris Koster will meet with both Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner and Attorney General Eric Holder in Washington, D.C., tomorrow to discuss Missouri's efforts to pursue businesses engaged in mortgage fraud. Geithner and Holder invited Koster and several other Attorneys General from around the nation to meet with them to discuss the problem and possible solutions. Also present at Thursday's meeting will be HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and FTC Chair Jon Liebowitz.

$22 Million Holiday Inn to Open in Lake Forest, CA.

New-build property features new sign and brand standards as part of the worldwide brand relaunch. ATLANTA, GA - September 17, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)], the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms, announced today that the Holiday Inn Irvine South/Irvine Spectrum will open within a month.

Congressman Salazar announces $599,935.00 in federal funding for new Adams State College housing program

“HOPE” focuses on new homeowners, disabled homeowners and the environment. WASHINGTON, DC - September 17, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Congressman John Salazar announced that a federal Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities (HSIAC) grant of $599,935.00 has been allocated for Adams State College. The college intends to use the grant to launch the Home Owner Preparedness, including all People, for one Environment (HOPE) program. HOPE is a community-based collaborative project designed to increase economic and housing affordability to youth, provide job training for people with disabilities and organize the community around environmental opportunities.

Rep. Kirkpatrick Introduces Bill to Help Disabled Native Veterans, Survivors Keep Housing Assistance

WASHINGTON, D.C. - September 17, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick is continuing her efforts on behalf of Native Americans who have served in our military, introducing the Indian Veterans Housing Opportunity Act of 2009 last Thursday. H.R. 3553 would correct an oversight in the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) that has caused disabled Veterans, their families and their survivors to be denied help because they are receiving Veterans’ and survivor benefits.

Governor Jindal Awards over $7 Million in Grants to St. Martin Parish

ST. MARTINVILLE, LA - September 16, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, Governor Bobby Jindal awarded five grants totaling $7,259,604 to St. Martin Parish that will go toward hurricane recovery, hazard mitigation and infrastructure improvements. Governor Jindal awarded the funds to local officials in a ceremonial check presentation during a townhall meeting in St. Martinville as part of his “Louisiana Working Tour.”

Robert Kennedy, Jr. Highlights Green Opportunities at Public Housing Complex

Louisville Metro Spotlights Kentucky’s Clean Energy Corps. LOUISVILLE, KY - September 16, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- As part of Kentucky’s Clean Energy Corps initiative, nationally celebrated environmental activist Robert Kennedy Jr. joined state and local officials today in encouraging Kentuckians to save energy. Gov. Steve Beshear launched Kentucky’s Clean Energy Corps in February as a public/private partnership to promote energy efficiency in Kentucky homes, saving families on their utility bills, protecting the environment, and creating green collar jobs

MPSC Approves $14 Million in Low-Income Energy Efficiency Grants

September 16, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) issued an order approving $14 million in low-income energy efficiency grants to five organizations for the fiscal year beginning October 1

Defendant Pleads Guilty to Making Bomb Threats to the Atlanta Housing Authority

ATLANTA, GA - September 16, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- MICHAEL EZZARD, 47, of Atlanta, Georgia, pleaded guilty today in federal district court to four counts of threatening to use a bomb to kill employees of the Atlanta Housing Authority (“AHA”) and to damage and destroy AHA buildings.

Governor Rell: State Getting $9.5 Million In Stimulus Grants for Energy Efficiency Projects

September 16, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that the state will receive more than $9.5 million in federal stimulus funds to distribute to 143 small cities and towns for a variety of energy efficiency projects as a result of the Governor’s block grant plan approved today by the U.S. Department of Energy

Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Low Interest Federal Loans Available for Residents, Business Owners Affected by...

September 15, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has declared Los Angeles County a disaster area as a result of the Station fire, ensuring that low interest federal loans are available for residents and business owners affected by the fire, which began on August 26. This action comes as a result of the Governor’s letter requesting the disaster declaration on September 10.

Op-ed: Homeowners Facing Foreclosure Cautioned About Scams

Op-ed by Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34) and Ken Wade, Chief Executive Officer, NeighborWorks® America. September 16, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- A new wave of fraud is ripping homes out from under people who are stressed, desperate and facing foreclosure. The signs are literally nailed to posts and supermarket bulletin boards everywhere. They are advertised on television and on the internet: Refinance Your Mortgage; Facing Foreclosure? Modify Your Loan; Consolidate Your Debt, Refinance: Zero Down.

Dallas Welcomes Its Fifth Crowne Plaza Hotel

ATLANTA, GA - September 11, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)], the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms, today announced the Crowne Plaza Dallas Downtown will open within a month. The conversion hotel has undergone a $14 million renovation from the Hampton Inn Dallas-West End-Convention Center.

Suozzi Hosts First Housing Lottery In Nassau County For Foreclosed Properties

MINEOLA, NY - September 14, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi today hosted Nassau's first Neighborhood Stabilization Program lottery for first-time homebuyers to purchase foreclosed properties in Nassau County.

HPD Commissioner Cestero Headlines NYSAFAH Breakfast, Discusses Progress Of Mayor’s New Housing Marketplace Plan

New York, NY - September 10, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Rafael E. Cestero delivered remarks this morning at The New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH) Networking Breakfast, regarding HPD’s progress on Mayor Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan and the future course of the plan.

Bachmann Urges HUD to Bar ACORN from Taxpayer Fundin

September 15, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Last week, U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann (MN-06) asked the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to suspend and bar ACORN from its programs and funding

Meth Lab Home Decontamination Program Reaches Milestone

September 15, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Since its inception in 2007, the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Methamphetamine Cleanup Program has reviewed cleanup reports and worked with contractors and home owners on the cleanup of meth-contaminated properties across Kentucky

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