Legislature approves SMC renovation and expansion plans

LANSING, MI - June 4, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Southwestern Michigan College is one step closer to renovating its Kairis Technology Building today after the Joint Capital Outlay Subcommittee approved the planning documents, announced Sen. Ron Jelinek and Reps. Sharon Tyler and Matt Lori.

Sen. Brown, colleagues: Historic Central Depot can rise again

LANSING, MI - May 26, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Sen. Cameron S. Brown, chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Emerging Technologies Committee, and five fellow Senate committee chairs are encouraging the rehabilitation - rather than the demolition - of Detroit's historic Michigan Central Depot property.

Senate approves conference committee reports to help Michigan residents save homes from foreclosure

LANSING, MI - May 20, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — The Senate today unanimously approved conference committee reports to help save more homes in Michigan from foreclosure by encouraging greater communication between lenders and homeowners, said Randy Richardville, the Senate’s lead member of the conference committee.

Sen. Richardvilles monthly cable show offers tips on avoiding foreclosure

LANSING, MI - April 30, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Sen. Randy Richardville’s monthly cable show, The Richardville Report, will premiere on Monday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. with tips for residents on how to avoid foreclosure.

Sen. Richardville to serve on foreclosure conference committee

LANSING, MI - April 27, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Sen. Randy Richardville has been appointed to serve on a joint Senate and House conference committee regarding legislation that would help Michigan homeowners who are facing foreclosure.

OFIR Announces Free Mortgage Licensee Seminars

LANSING, MI - April 24, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — The Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation (OFIR) today announced that it is holding quarterly free seminars for the state's first and second mortgage licensees and registrants as well as for consumer financial services licensees. The next seminar takes place on May 6, 2009 at Western Michigan University's Grand Rapids Graduate Center.

OFIR Challenging All New Home Insurance Filings Based on Credit Scoring

LANSING, MI - April 07, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — The Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation (OFIR) announced today that all new rate filings by homeowners insurance companies that rely on insurance credit scoring as a factor in determining their discounts are being challenged by the agency. The expansion to all home rate filings using insurance credit scoring is based on the fact that insurance credit scoring is unfairly discriminatory and also does not result in reasonably anticipated reductions in losses or expenses and therefore does not meet the requirements Michigan's Insurance Code.

Sanborn blasts board of commissioners vote to raise taxes

LANSING, MI - March 30, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — State Sen. Alan Sanborn on the Senate floor today denounced the Macomb County Board of Commissioners’ Wednesday vote to raise residents’ property taxes.

OFIR Orders Fake Southfield Mortgage Company Out of Business

LANSING, MI - March 26, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — The Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation (OFIR) has ordered an entity claiming to be a Southfield-based mortgage company called “Capita Management Group” to cease and desist from doing business. OFIR believes that Capita, through its website,, is posing as a legitimate mortgage company in an attempt to steal consumers’ money and identity. The fraudulent company is encouraging customers to apply for loans by providing personal information including social security and financial account numbers

Senate approves Van Woerkom mortgage reform legislation to strengthen loan officer requirement laws

LANSING - March 23, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — The Senate today approved legislation to help ensure that all mortgage loan officers conducting business in Michigan will be registered with the state, said Sen. Gerald Van Woerkom, one of the sponsors of the package.

Sen. Hardiman announces West Michigan to receive $89 million for stimulus transportation projects

LANSING - March 20, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Sen. Bill Hardiman today announced that West Michigan will receive $30 million more in federal stimulus funds than was first announced by the governor earlier this year.

Senate approves Pappageorges economic development bill for southeast Michigan

LANSING, MI - March 19, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Legislation expanding the Brownfield act to assist major redevelopment projects such as The Pavilions of Troy was approved by the Senate Thursday, said sponsor Sen. John Pappageorge, R-Troy.

Sen. Brown decries defeat of resolution to provide property tax relief

LANSING, MI - March 19, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — With property taxes across the state continuing to rise even as home values plummet, Senate Democrats refused today to support a constitutional amendment designed to provide desperately needed relief to homeowners, said Sen. Cameron S. Brown

Sen. Pappageorge decries Democrats for voting against resolution to help homeowners

LANSING - March 18, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — With home values across the state plummeting while property taxes increase, Senate Democrats failed to approve a constitutional amendment designed to help homeowners facing property tax increases out of step with their home’s actual value, said sponsor Sen. John Pappageorge, R-Troy

Senate panel approves three tax relief bills

LANSING, MI - March 10, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — The Senate Finance Committee approved three measures Thursday that will reduce the tax burden on Michigan consumers, homeowners and small businesses. The cornerstone of the three bills is state Sen. Nancy Cassis’ legislation to provide business tax relief to small and growing businesses.


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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