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In support of goals and objectives in the County's "A Way Home" Plan to End Homelessness, the Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership has been awarded grants of more than $8 million by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the 2015 HUD Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition
U.S. Representatives Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) and Bruce Poliquin (ME-02) introduced the Senior Accessible Housing Act to provide seniors with a tax credit for the cost of modifying their homes to make them more accessible so they can "age in place." Home improvements such as constructing entrance and exit ramps, installing handrails, and adding non-slip flooring allow seniors to be more mobile and live independently in their own homes instead of costly assisted living facilities
On April 28, 2016, the 5th Annual Florida Fair Housing Summit called housing professionals to advance housing rights and opportunities. The Summit is the premier annual educational event for fair housing advocates and housing providers in the state of Florida. A total of 242 community members, advocates, local government administrators, housing providers, property managers, attorneys, real estate agents, and mortgage lenders came together to experience a conference that educated, engaged, and motivated.
Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations, released the following statement after introducing the draft fiscal year 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill. The legislation will be considered in subcommittee tomorrow
The median price of Orlando homes shot up nearly 10 percent in April compared to April 2015, while sales increased about two percent. Both the rise in values and the sluggish movement in sales continue be influenced by the area’s ever-declining inventory.
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today visited the Eureka Garden federal housing complex in Jacksonville, Florida, which has been plagued for months by mismanagement leading to dangerous and inhumane living conditions. Upon arrival, Rubio was greeted by representatives from Global Ministries Foundation (GMF), which owns and manages the property, which is under contract with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as Section 8 housing.
Colombia leads all foreign countries in searching online for South Florida real estate, according to new data from the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI). The South American nation finished as the top international country using MIAMI’s search portal, www.Miamire.com, in March 2016. Colombia has now led the rankings for four consecutive months.
The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors is helping its more than 6,500 members extend their paperless capabilities, signing a long-term agreement with Florida Realtors® to provide its Ultimate Edition of Form Simplicity – one of the real estate industry’s most popular and advanced paperless transaction solutions – as a member benefit beginning in July. The announcement was made today during the National Association of REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo being held this week in Washington, D.C.
Lake County Solid Waste is encouraging county residents to dispose of toxic materials in a safe and environmentally sensitive way at two upcoming household hazardous waste collection events in Lady Lake and Groveland.
This morning, at the request of Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro met with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Diaz-Balart’s senior staff to discuss the homeless grant award. HUD’s homeless assistance program has become increasingly competitive as HUD directs more funding to grantees that allocate resources to projects known to deliver better outcomes like permanent housing and rapid re-housing.
U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, released the following statement today after presenting U.S. Army Sergeant Anthony Cala with a U.S. flag and certificate to thank him for his service and congratulate him and his family on their new home gifted by Building Homes for Heroes
On Thursday, April 28th, the Congressional Homelessness Caucus, Co-Chaired by Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), hosted a briefing on the state of homelessness in the America. The Caucus was joined by representatives of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, which earlier this month released its annual report, the State of Homelessness in America
Colombia registered the most global searches for South Florida real estate, according to new statistics from the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI). The South American nation finished as the top international country using MIAMI’s search portal, www.Miamire.com, in February 2016. Colombia has now led the rankings for three consecutive months
The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) was recently recognized with its fourth International Business Leadership Award from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. MIAMI won the 2016 Innovative Practices Award, which recognizes the outstanding company making substantial and impactful changes in thinking, products or processes impacting international operations
U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, spoke on the House Floor this week before voting with his colleagues today to unanimously pass his legislation, H.R. 2901, the Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill that encourages the development of a robust private flood insurance market that can offer homeowners more options in terms of pricing and coverage.
Rubio: “We were fortunate yesterday to get the Committee to approve, at the Senate level, the Central Everglades Planning Project and obviously we’re hopeful of getting that passed in the full Senate, over in the House and ultimately into law… So there are a lot of moving pieces that all have to fit together and there’s not a single project that takes care of all of it. It has to all happen and one project will build upon another so it’s a complicated issue and it’s gonna take more time. We feel good about the progress, but there’s more work to do.”
U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) made the following statement regarding the inclusion of the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) in the Senate's draft water bill text. Murphy has been a vocal advocate for this project's authorization to help restore the Everglades' natural southward flow as part of his ongoing efforts to address the crisis in local waterways
The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act introduced by U.S. Representatives Dennis Ross (FL-15) and Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) with a vote of 419-0. This bipartisan bill will allow competition in the flood insurance marketplace to meet homeowners needs and drive down costs. The bill will now be sent to the Senate for consideration
The Lake County Water Safety Team received the National Water Safety Congress Award of Merit, given on March 8 at the International Boating & Water Safety Summit in San Diego, California. Team member William S. Griswold, of Mount Dora, presented the award during the April 14 Lake County Water Safety Advisory Committee’s quarterly meeting.
Tech Helpline, a service owned by the Florida Realtors® and the real estate industry’s number one tech support service for a wide range of software and hardware, hit another growth spurt this month. More than 15,000 real estate professionals in Maine and Pennsylvania now have access to Tech Helpline for the first time, which assists real estate agents and brokers with their smartphones, tablets, desktops, laptops, email problems, virus issues and more
Attorney General Pam Bondi Announces New Procedures Banks Must Follow to Help Distressed Homeowners Seeking Relief Under National Mortgage Settlement

~The Banks Are Implementing New Procedures to Reduce Loan Modification Delays, Improve Communication with Borrowers, and Avoid Multiple Requests for Documents~

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. Traffic School for Florida more »

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