Yearly Archives: 2013

Make plans to attend the upcoming Commercial REALTOR® Day in Lansing!

WASHINGTON, D.C. - October 1, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Join us on October 10th for a visit to Lansing! Connect with Michigan’s top elected officials and discuss public policy issues important to commercial real estate. Lunch and a networking reception are included with updates from MAR, NAR, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), legislators from both the Michigan House and Senate, along with a prestigious Michigan Supreme Court Justice. Mark your calendar to attend this exciting event!

Bill signed to help fill funding gap for affordable housing projects

LANSING, Mich. - September 25, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Gov. Rick Snyder today signed a bill that will help fill a gap between what a developer can pay and what banks are willing to lend for commercial mixed-use and multifamily residential developments

Huizenga Talks PATH Act, Consumer Mortgage Choice Act In Financial Services Sunday Video Message

WASHINGTON, D.C. - September 24, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Yesterday, Monetary Policy & Trade Subcommittee Vice Chairman Bill Huizenga (MI-02) delivered the Sunday Video Message and discussed the positive solutions Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee are putting forward to address and reform the driving force behind the financial crisis - the housing finance system:

MPSC and Michigan Energy Office Issue Draft Report on Renewable Energy, Public Comment Sought

WASHINGTON, D.C. - September 23, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) Chairman John D. Quackenbush and Michigan Energy Office Director Steve Bakkal today issued a draft reporton renewable energy and are seeking public comment on the report.

Snyder makes appointments, reappointment to Board of Real Estate Brokers

LANSING, MI - September 20, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Deborah Beaulieu, of West Bloomfield; Ronald Zupko, of Brighton; and the reappointment of Lola Audu, of Grand Rapids, to the Michigan Board of Real Estate Brokers.

Free Workshop for Lansing Area Homeowners on Wednesday, Sept. 25

WASHINGTON - September 20, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The office of U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., State Representative Andy Schor, and Ingham County Register Curtis Hertel are sponsoring a free homeownership workshop at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Cristo Rey Community Center, 1717 N. High Street, Lansing Charter Township for homeowners wishing to learn about resources to help them remain in their homes.

Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Support for Ford Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. - September 17, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced federal support for Ford Airport in Dickinson County. The competitive grant will be used to acquire firefighting safety and snow removal equipment, and to rehabilitate the terminal building and the runway and taxiway to ensure a safe airfield.

MSHDA Awards Over $2 Million in Housing Resource Fund Grants

LANSING, MI - September 16, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Scott Woosley, executive director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), today announced more than $2 million in Housing Resource Fund (HRF) grants, which will allow home rehabilitation and emergency repair projects to move forward across the state

Revised REALTOR® Forms Available on ZipForm in October

WASHINGTON, D.C. - September 16, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Michigan Association of REALTORS® (MAR) will debut comprehensive REALTOR® forms revisions at next week’s Annual Convention and Expo in Mt. Pleasant. The forms revisions conclude several years of compiling member, legal and association contributions to update, improve and standardize the forms

MiVHAP grants surpass $1 million for struggling military and veteran homeowners

LANSING, MI - September 13, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Michigan Veterans Homeowners Assistance Program (MiVHAP) has approved more than $1 million in grants to struggling military and veteran homeowners impacted by the foreclosure crisis, announced Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency Director Jeff Barnes. MiVHAP launched in May with a total of $5 million available for grants and will continue until those funds are depleted. To date, MiVHAP has helped 154 homeowners in 43 counties across the state

‘One-Woman Crime Wave’ Convicted Schuette Secures Conviction of West Michigan Foreclosure Rescue Scammer

LANSING - September 11, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced the conviction on one count of felony racketeering, a 20-year felony, of Tonya Raisbeck, 38, of Fennville for illegally operating advanced fee "foreclosure rescue" operations that scammed at least 85 west Michigan homeowners facing foreclosure out of thousands of dollars.

Conyers Encourages HUD Secretary Donovan to Expand Funding Streams for Housing Development & Stemming...

DETROIT - September 4, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Tomorrow, Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) will meet with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and other Members of Michigan’s congressional delegation to discuss federal efforts to strengthen Southeast Michigan’s housing market and assist Detroit as it faces chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy. Prior to the meeting, Rep. Conyers issued the following statement:

Remarks of Under Secretary for Domestic Finance Mary Miller at Event Hosted by the...

First of all, I want to thank Governor Snyder, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, Sen. Levin and Congressmen Dingell, Kildee, Peters, and Conyers for working on this important issue and inviting me to attend this important event. I would also like to thank Scott Woosley for that kind introduction

MAR District Director Online Voting Opens August 27th

LANSING, Mich. - August 21, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Linda O’Brien, of Milford, to the Manufactured Housing Commission.

Grand Rapids Home for Veterans receives $900,000 grant for entrance upgrades

LANSING - August 15, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency announced today that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded the State of Michigan more than $900,000 to upgrade the main entrance at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. The Home is getting a new, much larger canopy with upgraded lighting for its main entrance, a new heated, all-weather walkway and upgrades to its interior lobby area. The upgrades will provide a safer and more inviting entrance to the Home for residents and visitors alike.


New shorelands program helps waterfront homeowners improve shorelines, inland lakes

The Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership recently launched a program to help lakefront homeowners understand best practices to protect their shoreland and inland lakes. The Michigan Shoreland Stewards Program will recognize inland lake property owners who are using healthy property management practices to protect their inland lake and offer tips to improve the shoreline further.


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