Yearly Archives: 2014

Community-development conference kicks off in Orlando; 2,100 professionals, $1.84 million in economic impact expected

Orlando, FL - August 12, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- A $1.84 million boost is coming to the Orlando economy when more than 2,100 community development professionals from around the country convene in the city for the NeighborWorks Training Institute (NTI) Aug. 18-22. The conference is hosted by NeighborWorks America, a national, Congressionally chartered nonprofit that creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities


Gainesville, Florida - August 11, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- CBRE Hotels is pleased to announce the sale of the 83-room Comfort Inn University located at 3440 SW 40th Blvd. in Gainesville, Florida. A Southern California investment group sold the property to a local buyer, Gator Hospitality, LLC, who plans to renovate and reposition the hotel as well as improve the hotel’s efficiency through new management.

Tampa Law Firm Sued for Mortgage Rescue Scam

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- August 11, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Connecticut Attorney General George Jepson sued Berger Law Group, Resolution Law Group, and related entities and individuals over allegations that they collected at least $4.7 million in illegal upfront fees from distressed homeowners. Under their authority to enforce the federal Mortgage Assistance Relief Services Rule and Florida and Connecticut laws prohibiting deceptive and unfair trade practices, Attorney General Bondi and Attorney General Jepson filed a complaint alleging that four individuals and four businesses formulated and participated in a mortgage rescue scam based in Florida that targeted consumers across the country by making false promises of relief from their mortgages and money damages through mass-joinder litigation

Florida Unclaimed Property Auction Activities Begin Tomorrow in Orlando

TALLAHASSEE - August 7, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater invites the public to Florida’s 2014 Unclaimed Property Auction at the Double Tree Airport Hotel in Orlando. The auction of more than 60,000 items valued in excess of $1 million will be held Saturday, August 9. A preview of items will be held on Friday, August 8

Household hazardous waste collection event to be held Aug.7 in Clermont

CLERMONT - August 1, 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

CFO Jeff Atwater Invites Floridians to 2014 Unclaimed Property Public Auction

TALLAHASSEE - July 31, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today invited Floridians to the 2014 Florida Unclaimed Property Auction. This public auction of more than 60,000 items valued in excess of $1 million will be held Saturday, August 9, at the Double Tree Airport Hotel in Orlando. A preview of items will be held on Friday, August 8

Attorney General Pam Bondi Joins Federal-State Mortgage Rescue Fraud Sweep

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

Housing Services offers mobility ramps for eligible households

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.

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arson Arrest in Clermont Gas Station Fire

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.

Unincorporated Lake County homeowners to soon begin receiving trash, recycling carts

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

North Palm Beach Law Firm Sued for Scamming Distressed Homeowners

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.

Disaster Assistance for Florida Reaches More than $65 Million in 60 Days

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.

House Speaker Will Weatherford Reappoints Chris Gardner to Citizens Property Insurance Board

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.

Attorney General Pam Bondi Reaches $550 Million Joint State-Federal Settlement with SunTrust to Address...

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.

Moica Outraged that Criminal Mismanagement at Sanford Housing Authority Not Pursued by DOJ

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.”

National Mortgage Settlement Monitor Reports that Nearly 92,000 Floridians Have Received $9.12 Billion in...

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

County rolls out new trash collection service with postcards to homeowners

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

Hazardous waste collection event scheduled for May 22 in Groveland

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.

Downtown Tavares road closures to make accessing county parking garage difficult

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

County commissioners help cut the ribbon on affordable housing complex

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

Popular Government & Nonprofit Press Releases

Colombia tops all Foreign Searches for Miami Real Estate

Colombia continues to lead all foreign countries searching 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,, in May 2016. Colombia has now led the rankings for six consecutive months

Recent Government & Nonprofit Press Releases

Buchanan Slams “Nightmarish” Conditions at VA Nursing Homes

Congressman Vern Buchanan today demanded answers from the Department of Veteran Affairs after reports of deplorable conditions and neglect at VA nursing homes across the nation.