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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

Lake County Property Appraiser’s Tavares office to close Friday for move to new building

TAVARES, FL - September 15, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Lake County Property Appraiser’s Office will close its downtown Tavares office in the Lake County Historic Courthouse, located on the third floor of 317 W. Main St., on Friday, Sept. 18, as it moves its offices to its new quarters across the street at 320 W. Main St.

Mortgage Lender is Sentenced to 63 Months in Custody in Connection with Real Estate...

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - September 15, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Cheryl Hernandez Camus was sentenced today to 63 months in prison, and ordered to pay $1,457,255 in restitution for mail and wire fraud in connection with a real estate investment scheme, United States Attorney Joseph P. Russoniello announced.

U.S. Department of Energy announces more than $10 million in energy efficiency grants for...

FRANKFORT, KY - September 15, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Energy efficiency and increased use of renewable energy sources in Kentucky got a substantial boost this week from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The Commonwealth has been awarded $10,427,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program.Funds from the program will support projects that create jobs, support energy efficiency and conservation in working toward the goals of achieving Kentucky’s comprehensive energy plan.

Brownback Applauds Infrastructure Development in Hutchinson, Kansas

WASHINGTON, DC - September 15, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Senator Sam Brownback today announced that the city of Hutchinson is to be awarded $1.78 million in stimulus funding. The money, from the Economic Development Administration, will be used to build a rail spur into the Salt City Business Park.

HousingIowa Awards Showcase the Best in Iowa Affordable Housing Initiatives

Des Moines, IA - September 15, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Four outstanding Iowa housing initiatives and one individual from throughout the state were recently recognized with HousingIowa Awards at the 2009 HousingIowa Conference, presented by the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) in Des Moines.

HUD announces $79.9 million for affordable housing and community development in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, PA - September 1, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced Philadelphia will receive more than $79.9 million to support community development and produce more affordable housing.

HUD Awards $553,609 for Affordable Housing and Economic Development in Rural Nebraska

WASHINGTON, DC - September 8, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded $553,609 to two rural housing programs in Nebraska to stimulate economic development, create jobs and produce more affordable housing.

Congressman Paul Hodes’ Statement on President Obama’s Speech on Financial Regulatory Reform

Washington, DC - September 14, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Paul Hodes, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement after President Obama’s speech on the need for financial regulatory reform. The President’s speech marks exactly one year from the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

Durham Hosts Foreclosure Prevention Workshop for Unemployed Residents and Small Business Owners Sept. 17

DURHAM, N.C. - September 10, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Durham residents and small business owners facing foreclosure or bankruptcy due to job loss and the current economic crisis can now seek specialized assistance to save their homes and their businesses thanks to a City of Durham-sponsored workshop next week.

It’s Now or Never for First-Time Home Buyers Hoping to Capitalize on $8,000 Tax...

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J.- September 9, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- The $8,000 tax credit enacted earlier this year by Congress, along with the today’s affordable home prices and low interest rates, has helped make the dream of homeownership a reality for countless Americans.

Three Communities Selected to Develop New Power Park Speculative Sites in Nebraska

Lincoln, NE - September 8, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Gov. Dave Heineman today announced that the cities of Aurora, Kearney and South Sioux City have been selected to participate in a new initiative designed to develop new industrial power park sites ready for development in Nebraska.

Kahn works to make appealing property taxes more ‘user friendly

LANSING, MI - September 14, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- With property values across the state and country falling while taxes for some homeowners are increasing, Sen. Roger Kahn introduced four measures in the Michigan Senate to make the appeals process more fair and smooth for property owners

Former Madison County Real Estate Investor Charged in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

JACKSON, MS - September 11, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- United States Attorney Stan Harris, Federal Bureau of Investigation Acting Special Agent in Charge Stephen F. Gomez, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation - Office of Inspector General Special Agent in Charge Thomas C. McDade, and Madison/Rankin County District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that a federal grand jury has returned a six count indictment against Earline Y. Rawls in connection with a fraudulent mortgage loan scheme. The indictment charges Rawls with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and six counts of bank fraud.

CONGRESSMAN KINGSTON ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FOR CITY OF HINESVILLE

September 11, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA/01) announced today that the City of Hinesville is the recipient of a community development block grant (CDBG) from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Funding will be used to fund several projects within the city including the Azalea Streetscape Project.

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Mississippi Real Estate Investors Plead Guilty to Conspiring to Rig Bids...

Real estate investors Kevin Moore, Chad Nichols, and Terry Tolar pleaded guilty today for their roles in a conspiracy to rig bids at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Mississippi, the Department of Justice announced.