Florida State Government and Public Real Estate News

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TALLAHASSEE, FL – October 2, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Attorney General Pam Bondi, along with her colleagues on the National Mortgage Settlement Monitoring Committee, today announced that Bank of America and Wells Fargo have agreed to implement new procedures designed to address possible violations of the national mortgage servicing settlement. These improvements come in response to concerns expressed by Attorney General Pam Bondi earlier this year, which were based upon complaints from distressed borrowers, housing counselors, legal aid groups, and foreclosure defense lawyers that the banks were falling short of meeting the servicing standard requirements set forth in the National Mortgage Servicing Settlement. ALLRMC.COM more »

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – July 28, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Attorney General Pam Bondi joined the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Trade Commission and 15 other states in a joint federal-state enforcement sweep targeting scam operations that prey on delinquent homeowners or those facing foreclosure. This sweep highlights recent enforcement actions and resolutions of the federal and state participants against operators of fraudulent mortgage rescue or loan modification schemes that scammed consumers into paying large upfront fees but did little or nothing to help them stay in their homes and avoid foreclosure. Florida is announcing four actions as part of this joint effort including lawsuits filed against Hoffman Law Group, Remedy Group, Law & Associates and Thomas E. Law, II, and Mark Bushee. more »

TAVARES – July 28, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Lake County’s Housing Services Division, with the support of federal funding, is offering eligible citizens help with obtaining mobility ramps for their homes.

“These ramps are designed to help make homes more accessible for citizens with physical disabilities and provide greater mobility for handicapped people,” said Cheryl Howell, Lake County Housing Services Division Manager. “With the use of these ramps, people who face physical challenges can enjoy greater freedom and independence and lead a more active life.” more »

TALLAHASSEE – July 28, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater today announced the arrest of Donald Gilles on arson charges after he allegedly set fire to a tractor trailer parked on the property of a Clermont convenient store. more »

TAVARES – July 24, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Lake County’s residential curbside garbage collection is changing on Monday, Oct. 6 for all unincorporated areas of the county. As part of the new program, households who currently receive collection services from the county will be given free county-issued trash and recycling carts between August and October. Below are the delivery dates by service area and hauler: more »

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – July 24, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Attorney General Pam Bondi and the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, obtained an emergency temporary restraining order and appointment of a receiver in a joint lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida against Florida-based Hoffman Law Group (“HLG”) and related entities. The order prohibits HLG defendants from doing business with consumers and freezes HLG’s bank accounts. more »

PENSACOLA, Fla. - July 4, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Sixty days after a violent storm system brought massive flooding to Northwest Florida, $66.5 million in disaster assistance has been approved to help homeowners, renters and business owners recover.

Residents affected by the storms and flooding from April 28 to May 6 in Escambia, Jackson, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties have untilMonday, July 21, to register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. more »

Tallahassee, FL – July 3, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) today reappointed Chris Gardner to the Board of Governors for Citizens Property Insurance Corporation. Gardner’s reappointment is effective today for a three-year term. more »

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – June 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced a $550 million joint state-federal settlement with mortgage lender and servicer SunTrust Mortgage Inc. to address mortgage origination, servicing, and foreclosure abuses. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 26, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Representative John L. Mica (FL-7)disclosed to the public at a press conference in Sanford, Florida, the decision of the Department of Justice not to pursue a criminal referral on the misappropriation, fraud and abuse of taxpayer funds and resources by the former Executive Director of the Sanford Housing Authority. Mica said, “This is an outrage to public trust. Iam disappointed that Attorney General Holder would not pursue criminal charges or bring to justice those responsible for ripping off taxpayers while in a position of public trust.” more »

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – May 21, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — National Mortgage Settlement Monitor Joseph A. Smith, Jr. is charged with monitoring the servicers’ compliance with borrower relief requirements and servicing standard reforms under the National Mortgage Settlement. In a court filing earlier this month, he reported that nearly 92,000 distressed Florida borrowers have received $9.12 billion in credited relief as the result of a guarantee that Florida separately negotiated from the National Mortgage Settlement with three of the settling banks. Florida was one of only three states to negotiate such a guarantee with the three largest settling servicers: Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo. more »

TAVARES – May 20, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Unincorporated Lake County’s residential curbside garbage collection is changing on Monday, Oct. 6 to a “1-1-1” service consisting of once-per-week trash, one-per-week recycling and once-per-week yard waste pick-up. Homeowners in unincorporated areas will be receiving postcards in the mail with detailed information about the county-issued trash and recycling carts, which will be delivered between August and September. more »

GROVELAND – May 16, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Lake County Solid Waste Division is encouraging Lake County residents to dispose of toxic materials in a safe and environmentally sensitive way at an upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection event. The county’s Household Hazardous Waste Mobile Unit will be available from 9 a.m. – noon on Thursday, May 22 in the Ace Hardware parking lot located at 1007 State Road 50, Groveland. more »

TAVARES – May 16, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Beginning Wednesday, May 21, Alfred Street from Caroline Street to Joanna Avenue will be closed to through traffic. Drivers will only be able to access the Lake County Government Complex parking garage entrance on Sinclair Avenue via Main Street, as Sinclair Avenue at the intersection of Alfred Street will be closed for several weeks. more »

LEESBURG – May 12, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Lake County Board of County Commissioners is joining LifeStream Behavioral Center at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 19 for a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house celebrating the newly renovated Hope Springs Villas, located at 1171 Bentley Road in Leesburg. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 24, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Securities and Exchange Commission today filed fraud charges against a former Florida-based stock promoter currently serving a two-year prison sentence for lying to SEC investigators. more »

 
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