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Housing & Development

Elk Grove’s Premier Master-planned Community, Stonelake, Selects MERIT for Property Management Services and Financial...

MERIT will provide additional services and maintenance programs to enhance the community. Sacramento, CA - October 28, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Stonelake Homeowners Association has selected MERIT, a leading provider of professional community association and rental management services, to manage their 1,467 single family unit community located in Elk Grove, CA. MERIT will assist the board of directors with daily operations as well as financial budget analysis and planning.

New-Home Construction Dips in September, CBIA Announces

SACRAMENTO, CA - October 26, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- New-home construction dipped again in September leading California homebuilders to strengthen the call for the Legislature to extend the successful homebuyer tax credit, the California Building Industry Association announced today

House Financial Services Committee Passes Rep. Miller’s Amendment to Sunset the Home Valuation Code...

Washington, DC - October 22, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- During the House Financial Services Committee mark-up of H.R. 3126, the Consumer Financial Protection Agency Act, the Committee approved an amendment offered by Rep. Gary Miller (R-CA) to sunset the Home Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC).

Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Obama Administration Plan to Assist Housing Finance Agencies, Help...

October 20, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after the Obama Administration’s announced move to provide support to housing finance agencies across the nation. This action will help restart the housing market for low to moderate income first-time homebuyers, including in California, which has been among the hardest hit by the real estate crisis.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters Calls for More Class Action Lawsuits to Prevent Foreclosures

Washington, DC - October 20, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35), Chairwoman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity, recognizing the impact foreclosures are having on the country, called on the attorneys general from the nation’s 50 states to bring suit against lenders in order to force more loan modifications.“We need aggressive action to force lenders to modify the predatory loans that they made. State attorneys general and civil rights groups are taking the lead in preventing foreclosures by filing lawsuits against the originators of these predatory loans, and I commend them for their action,” Chairwoman Waters said

Congresswoman Maxine Waters Expresses Ongoing Concerns About New Orleans Housing

Washington, DC - October 16, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Housing and Community Opportunity Subcommittee and a leading advocate for Gulf Coast recovery efforts, issued the following statement today after President Obama visited New Orleans to assess the city’s progress and heard from residents about the challenges they continue to face:“More than four years after Hurricane Katrina, I remain concerned about the recovery of the Gulf Coast in general, and the City of New Orleans, in particular. Katrina was one of the deadliest storms in our nation’s history, taking over 1,800 lives, displacing more than one million people, severely damaging over 300,000 housing units, and causing at least $81 billion in damages.

Thermal Imaging Workshop for Home & Building Inspectors Dec 3-4 2009

San Bruno, CA - October 15, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- This workshop is designed for inspection professionals including : home inspectors, building contractors, insurance adjustors, roofing contractors, energy auditors, and building maintenance professionals.

EPA Honors Green Building Challenge Winners

San Francisco, CA - October 13, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently honored innovative green building design ideas that reduce the environmental and energy impacts of buildings. These concepts aim to help architects and builders reduce more than 88 million tons of building-related construction and demolition debris sent to U.S. landfills each year and the climate impacts of buildings and building materials

MERIT Promotes Joe Price to Northern California Vice President of Community Management

Sacramento, CA - October 12, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- MERIT, a leading provider of professional community association and rental management services, promoted Joe Price to Northern California Vice President of Community Management. Price will be responsible for leading the Northern California division while positioning for growth in the East Bay, Central Valley, Stockton and San Francisco markets.

New-Home Sales Continue Their Sluggish Pace In August, CBIA Announces

SACRAMENTO, CA - October 12, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- New home sales in California remained at historic low levels in August signaling that the state’s housing sector may be slow to recover from a stubborn recession. The California Building Industry Association reported today that sales in new-home communities of 10 units or more, though better than July’s steep decline, were 13 percent below August 2008

Congresswoman Maxine Waters Comments on Federal Housing Administration’s Reserves

Washington, DC - October 9, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity, chaired by Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), held a hearing today on “The Future of the Federal Housing Administration’s Capital Reserves: Assumptions, Predictions and Implications for Homebuyers”. FHA plays an increasingly important role in the nation’s housing market. Recent news articles have raised concerns about the FHA’s capital reserve fund, the account the agency uses to pay insurance claims to lenders when borrowers default on home loans. Assistant Secretary for Housing and FHA Commissioner David Stevens, testified today regarding steps FHA is taking to boost capital reserve levels.

Rep. Eshoo Votes for Healthcare and Housing for Service Members

Washington, D.C. - October 9, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) voted for two key measures for service members and veterans. H.R. 1016, the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act, speeds the delivery of funding for veterans health care and H.R. 3590, the Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act, assists service members looking to buy or sell their homes and extends home-buying incentives.

CALIFORNIA REALTOR® EXPO 2009 opens today in San Jose

SAN JOSE, CA - October 7, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- CALIFORNIA REALTOR® EXPO 2009, the state’s largest real estate trade show, opens today at 5 p.m. at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif. Running Oct. 6-8, CALIFORNIA REALTOR® EXPO 2009 features more than 50 cutting-edge seminars, hot new products, and networking opportunities for California REALTORS®. CALIFORNIA REALTOR® EXPO 2009 also offers more than 150 exhibit booths and is expected to attract more than 7,000 attendees. Educational seminars range from hands-on computer training and social networking for business to short sales and home staging.“CALIFORNIA REALTOR® EXPO 2009 provides an invaluable networking and educational opportunity to California REALTORS®,” said C.A.R. President James Liptak. “The event has something for everyone, whether a new REALTOR® curious about how to thrive in California’s ever-changing market, or a seasoned veteran looking for new ways to boost their bottom line.”

Governor Schwarzenegger Announces $68 Million for Low-Income Home Weatherization

October 7, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the awarding of more than $68 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) weatherization funding to non-profit, local government and community action agencies throughout the state. This funding is federally designated to help low-income families weatherize their homes, which decreases utility bills and saves energy while stimulating local economies. Administered by the State Department of Community Services and Development (CSD), California’s low-income Recovery Act weatherization program was one of the first 15 state plans federally approved by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Congresswoman Matsui Announces Release of $1 Million for Sacramento Housing

Money will Help Local Organization Disburse Home Loans to Low-Income Sacramentans. WASHINGTON, DC - October 2, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congresswoman Doris O. Matsui (D-CA) announced today that the U.S. Treasury Department has released $1,000,000 to Sacramento Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. (SNHS). SNHS is a loan fund that provides gap funding and comprehensive home ownership and foreclosure prevention counseling for local low-income individuals and families. Their work has helped countless families achieve the dream of home ownership, and many more stay in their homes despite the recent economic downturn.

FINAL APPROVAL IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF MORE THAN $6 MILLION IN...

October 2, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34) applauded passage in the U.S. House of Representatives today of the appropriations bill that provides federal funding for critical local water projects in the Los Angeles area.

Turner Selected by United States Marine Corps to Manage Construction of $109 Million Bachelor...

Project Represents Second Recent Award for Turner At Camp Pendleton. New York, N.Y. - September 25, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Turner Construction Company, the nation’s leading general builder, in a joint venture with TB Penick & Sons, Inc., has been awarded a $109 million design-build contract by the United States Marine Corps to construct four Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) at Camp Pendleton, California. The project is scheduled for completion in August 2011. This project follows the $104 million contract awarded to the team in August for four additional Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) also at Camp Pendleton, California.

Housing Production Slips Again in August, CBIA Announces

SACRAMENTO, CA - September 24, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Demand for new homes slipped again in August, a decline California homebuilders attributed to the discontinuation of the successful state homebuyer tax credit program, the California Building Industry Association announced today.

House Unanimously Passes the FHA Multifamily Loan Limit Adjustment Act

Washington, DC - September 21, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- On Tuesday, the House unanimously passed the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Multifamily Loan Limit Adjustment Act, a bill coauthored by Congressman Miller, to address the need for new construction or substantial rehabilitation of multifamily units in extremely high cost areas of the country.

$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.

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