Yearly Archives: 2011

Owosso to Host Historic Preservation Tax Credit Workshop for Commercial Property Owners

LANSING, MI - March 17, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Owners of historic commercial properties are encouraged to attend a workshop on maximizing the use of Federal and State Historic Preservation Tax Credits on, Thursday, March 24. The workshop will be presented by the City of Owosso, Owosso Main Street/DDA, the Michigan Historic Preservation Network/National Trust for Historic Preservation and the State Historic Preservation Office.

Saginaw to Host Historic Preservation Tax Credit Workshop for Commercial and Residential Property Owners

LANSING, MI - March 16, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Owners of historic residential and commercial properties are encouraged to attend a workshop on maximizing the use of Federal and State Historic Preservation Tax Credits on Tuesday, March 22. The workshop will be presented by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), the Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN), the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP), and Preservation Saginaw.

Macomb County “Home Repair Assistance” Program is Back!

MOUNT CLEMENS, MI - March 4, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel announced today that a popular housing rehabilitation program is back in operation after a brief hiatus.

Senator Steven Bieda Provides Property Tax Information Guide

WARREN, MI - March 3, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- State Senator Steven Bieda (D-Warren) announced today he has made available a taxpayer’s guide to property tax assessment to assist Macomb County residents. The guide, posted on Senator Bieda’s web-site at, focuses on taxpayer rights and explains the assessment appeals process

Romeo Home Builder Gets Jail Time in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

February 23, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Giuseppe Cracchiolo, 60, of Romeo, Michigan, was sentenced for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme to six months’ imprisonment, followed by three years’ supervised release, United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today.

Mortgage Fraud Broker Pleads Guilty to Mortgage Fraud

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - February 15, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Joseph Carr, 56, of Lansing, Michigan, pled guilty to one count of bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Donald A. Davis announced today. Carr admitted as part of his plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh W. Brenneman Jr. that he defrauded Bank of America by recruiting “straw buyers” to apply for a mortgage loan for a home that he himself intended to occupy, and inflated the value of that home in order to increase the amount of the loan. In this manner, he was able to secure a loan of $175,000 for his own use. In his plea agreement, Carr also acknowledged that other related fraudulent activities resulted in losses of $1,147,250

Justice Department Settles Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Against Dalton Township, Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC - February 10, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Justice Department announced today that Dalton Township, Mich., will pay $62,500 to settle a lawsuit alleging that the township discriminated against a group home for persons recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The settlement was approved today by Judge Gordon J. Quist of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan.

Big Rapids, Michigan home seekers can find the property of their dreams with IDX...

EUGENE, OR - January 27, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, IDX, Inc. enables IDX Broker software for the website of agent Randy Ostrander. He now hosts a customized IDX solution, automatically syncing his website to the Southwest Michigan MLS (SWMRIC). Ostrander can display thousands of Big Rapids, Michigan property listings, giving his clients and other potential buyers the opportunity to find their perfect home online. With IDX Broker software Ostrander can host an online real estate search like never before available online.

MPSC: Home Heating Credits Now Being Processed

January 21, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today noted that the Michigan Department of Treasury is now processing Michigan Home Heating Credits (HHC) for the 2010 tax year. The credit assists low-income customers with winter energy bills.

Janis Kinkela teams with IDX Broker to sync thousands of Michigan real estate listings...

EUGENE, OR - January 18, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- IDX, Inc. is pleased to announce the growing network of real estate agents and brokers utilizing the incredible IDX Broker software on their professional websites has grown once again, with the addition of a customizable IDX solution to the website of Janis Kinkela. As a Michigan real estate broker, Kinkela has the unique ability to give her clients a comprehensive online property search directly on her website. MiRealSource MLS instantly displays thousands of detailed home listings on the results page of her website, giving home seekers on the website of Kinkela a complete and thorough online search experience.

Ryan Ogle syncs IDX software to detailed Grand Rapids property listings on his real...

EUGENE, OR - January 14, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Grand Rapids, Michigan Realtor Ryan Ogle has chosen to upgrade the search capabilities of his professional website with the IDX, Inc. dynamic IDX Broker software. Now, finding homes around Grand Rapids is possible, with a simple search on the website Ogle supports. Grand Rapids MLS (GRAR) listings are even seamlessly integrated onto the search page Ogle hosts, thanks to the innovative technology of his custom IDX solution

New Michigan Product Saves in Costly Basement Repairs

Novi, MI - January 12, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Mr. Sponge Waterproofing, Inc., of Novi Michigan released their new patent pending product for consumers that saves in costly basement repairs. The new "TRX Compressed Swell Plug," is designed for consumers or property maintenance personnel to repair leaking rod holes. Rod Holes are the most common leak in poured concrete walls with an average contractor repair cost of $125.00 for one hole.

DELEG Warns Beware of Scam Regarding Continuing Competency Requirements; Scam Targets Licensed Residential Builders...

January 10, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth (DELEG) Acting Director Andrew S. Levin warns Michigan licensed residential builders, and maintenance and alteration contractors to be aware of a possible scam that involves a mailing they may have received which looks deceptively like a mailing from DELEG.


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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