Yearly Archives: 2011

Federal funds awarded to Macomb County nonprofits to support affordable housing

MOUNT CLEMENS, MI - June 8, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel announced today that $2.3 million in federal funds will be awarded to three nonprofit organizations to create affordable housing in the county. The announcement culminates a competitive process that began in January 2011 to determine the highest and best use of federal HOME funds.

Lee & Associates Hires Matthew Schoch as Sales Associate

Torrance, CA - May 31, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Lee & Associates, one of the largest commercial real estate firms in the country, has hired Matthew Schoch as a sales associate at its Michigan office. In his new role, Schoch will bring his expertise in tenant mix strategies and marketing to Lee & Associates Michigan.

Grand Rapids, Michigan real estate resource syncs to IDX enabled search page, transforming the...

EUGENE, OR - May 31, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Cheryl Grant and IDX, Inc. have joined forces to bring thousands of Grand Rapids, Michigan property listings instantly to online property seekers. Adopting IDX Broker software allows Grant to sync her search page to the Southwest Michigan MLS (SWMRIC) database of listings, giving her clients a comprehensive list of all area properties on the market. The IDX solution Grant has customized to meet her real estate needs seamlessly integrates thousands of local listings, making it so easy for potential Michigan buyers to find the home of their dreams online

Michigan Saves Home Energy Loan Program Increases Loan Cap to $20,000

May 26, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today noted that the Michigan Saves Home Energy Loan program will be increasing its loan cap from $12,500 to $20,000, effective June 1. The higher loan cap will eliminate a barrier for consumers who want to invest in deep energy efficiency for their home, and will give a greater boost to those who want to purchase solar photovoltaic systems.

Reps. Peters and Campbell Introduce Bipartisan Plan to End Bailouts & Protect Homeownership

Washington, DC - May 13, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Representative Gary Peters and Representative John Campbell (R-CA) have introduced a bipartisan plan to reform the mortgage market - putting an end to taxpayer-funded bailouts while preserving access to affordable mortgages for middle class families.

LARA Offers Tips to Protect Consumers for Spring Home Improvement Projects

May 5, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Spring means the return of the robin to Michigan, but it also means many residents' thoughts turn to building or sprucing up their own nests. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs reminds consumers of important tips that will help them avoid common - and often costly - mistakes while building or renovating a home.

Schuette Announces Sentence for Mid-Michigan Foreclosure Rescue Scam Case

LANSING, MI - May 5, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced the sentencing of a DeWitt man who pled guilty to five felony charges in connection with his role in an illegal advanced fee "foreclosure rescue" operation. Isaac Modert, 28, defrauded four Michigan homeowners with homes in Lansing and Benton Harbor. As a result of Modert's actions, the four victims lost more than $20,000 and one Lansing couple ultimately lost their home to foreclosure.

Schuette, Bullard Probing Questionable Mortgage Documents

LANSING, MI - April 26, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced today that he is working with Oakland County Register of Deeds Bill Bullard, and other local and federal authorities, to look into questionable mortgage documentation filed with Michigan's Register of Deeds offices during the current foreclosure crisis.

Consumers Need to Know Their “Stuff” to Ensure Homeowners Policy Protects Possessions

LANSING, MI - April 26, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- When choosing homeowners insurance, most Michigan consumers may think more about the value of the home than about their prized possessions inside. When you’re deciding out how much coverage you need, it is important to know all the “stuff” in your home that warrants special protection. Certain valuables might be better covered with an insurance rider or additional policy, depending on the circumstances.

Macomb County Executive Reports Positive News for Homeowners

April 19, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- According to a report being sent to the Board of Commissioners today by Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, the County's property values dropped less than projected during the past year. "This is good news for County homeowners and it will provide some welcome new revenue to help balance the County's budget," Hackel said.

As Outdoor Projects Begin, MPSC Reminds Homeowners and Businesses to Call 811 Before Digging

April 14, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) reminds homeowners and businesses to call 811 before undertaking outdoor projects that require digging. MPSC Chairman Orjiakor Isiogu joined legislators and representatives of utilities and MISS DIG, Inc. at an event at the Capitol today to highlight the importance of following safe digging practices.

Appointments made to residential builders and contractors board

LANSING, MI - April 8, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Rick Snyder today announced appointments to the Residential Builders and Maintenance Alteration Contractors Board. The board licenses and regulates individuals engaged in the construction of residential structures or the combination of residential and commercial structures

Appointments made to residential builders and contractors board

LANSING, MI - April 7, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Rick Snyder today announced appointments to the Residential Builders and Maintenance Alteration Contractors Board

Senator Hunter Says Thank You To Bank Of America For New Home Programs For...

LANSING, IN - March 24, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Senate Democratic Floor Leader Tupac A. Hunter (D-Detroit) today lauded Bank of America for their announcement that they would make assistance more readily available to their mortgage customers facing foreclosure, and that they would work with Mayor Dave Bing to help stabilize city neighborhoods.

Announcement of the Closing of Florence Crane Correctional Facility

March 24, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) has identified the Florence Crane Correctional Facility (ACF) as the facility for closure called for in Governor Rick Snyder's fiscal year (FY) 2011-12 budget recommendation. The 1,056 prisoners impacted by this closure will be transferred to vacant beds in existing prisons. As the prisoner population slowly dropped throughout 2010, the Department closed sections of prisons or housing units to save money.


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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