Yearly Archives: 2009

HUD CHARGES ALABAMA LANDLORD AND MANAGER WITH HOUSING DISCRIMINATION

WASHINGTON, DC - December 22, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced that it is charging a Marshall County, Alabama, trailer owner and rental manager with discriminating against a white family by disconnecting water service and forcing them to leave because the manager objected to interracial dating. According to the complaint, Phillip Maze, rental agent for his mother Opal Maze, told a HUD investigator, “I do not have any blacks on my property and I am aware that we have a biracial president, but no federal law will make me rent to anyone I do not want to.”

Grants to Help Alabama Schools Cut Energy Costs

MONTGOMERY, AL - November 24, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Economic stimulus grants awarded by Governor Bob Riley are helping 70 schools in 14 public school systems save energy and reduce utility bills by upgrading equipment and making other improvements.

Governor Riley Awards Additional $30.6 Million in Economic Stimulus Funding to Weatherize Homes

MONTGOMERY - July 23, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Bob Riley has awarded an additional $30.6 million in economic stimulus funds to help thousands of low-income residents across Alabama reduce their home energy costs. The grants also are intended to stimulate employment opportunities for the construction industry.

State Banking Department of Alabama Announces Its Participation in the CSBS/AARMR Nationwide Mortgage Licensing...

MONTGOMERY, AL - July 16, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- John Harrison, Superintendent of Banks, today announced that, starting October 1 the State Banking Department will begin participation in the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System that was developed by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) and the American Association of Residential Mortgage Regulators (AARMR).

Secretary Donovan announces Recovery Act Funds to support community development in Alabama

First award made under the Recovery CDBG program will revitalize neighborhoods and create jobs. WASHINGTON - July 7, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — In an effort to stimulate community development and job growth, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced $1.8 million in funding to Birmingham, Alabama through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). The announcement came at the HUD field office in Birmingham, where the Secretary was joined by Congressman Artur Davis.

Shelby Co-Sponsors Disaster State Housing Recover Act

June 23, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Today, U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, joined Senator Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) in introducing the Disaster State Housing Recovery Act. This bill ensures that states with GO Zone or Heartland Act credits, such as Alabama, are treated as Congress intended when it provided the special allocations of credits to aid in their recovery from recent natural disasters

HUD Secretary announces disaster assistance for Alabama storm victims

Foreclosure protection offered to FHA-insured families in four counties. WASHINGTON, DC - June 4, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced HUD will speed federal disaster assistance to four storm-ravaged counties in Alabama and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes following last month's severe storms, flooding, tornadoes and straight-line winds.

Grand Opening of Jordan’s Gate Creates 48 Affordable, Single-Family Homes for Families in Opelika,...

OPELIKA, AL - June 3, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Local families showcased their new homes as part of the grand opening celebration for Jordan’s Gate, a 26-acre, newly built community of 48 single-family homes for low-income residents in Opelika, Ala. Located in the Jeter neighborhood, the $9.3 million development is the result of a partnership between Enterprise Community Partners, Enterprise Community Investment, Inc. (Enterprise), The Bennett Group LLC, the Greater Peace Baptist Church and the Greater Peace Community Development Corporation (GPCDC). In addition to the homes, the site includes a clubhouse, playgrounds, and fitness and computer centers for residential use.

Top Ways to Add Value to Your Home

May 26, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Americans spent over $216 billion on home remodeling in 2008, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

Summer Board Meeting Registration Open

May 20, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — HBAA members can register online for the 2009 Summer Board Meeting, taking place July 23-25 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Destin, Florida. All members and their families are invited to attend

HUNTSVILLE TEAM WINS FOUNDATION CLASSIC

May 18, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — A team representing the Huntsville/Madison County Builders Association captured the Foundation Cup in the Fifteenth Annual Alabama Home Builders Foundation/US Gypsum/Davis Plumbing Co. Golf Classic. The tournament was held on May 14, 2009 at the Robert Trent Jones-Capitol Hill Course in Prattville.

Online Registration for Golf Classic Closed; On-Site Registration Available

May 14, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Registration continues for the 15th Annual Alabama Home Builders Foundation/US Gypsum/Davis Plumbing Co. Golf Classic. The tournament will take place this Thursday, May 14 at the Robert Trent Jones-Capitol Hill Course in Prattville.

Sign Up Now for Thursday’s Foundation Golf Classic

May 12, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — There's still time to register for the 15th Annual Alabama Home Builders Foundation/US Gypsum/Davis Plumbing Co. Golf Classic. The tournament will take place this Thursday, May 14 at the Robert Trent Jones-Capitol Hill Course in Prattville.

After the Storm: Getting Help with Your Repairs and Remodeling Work

May 12, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Stormy weather is a frequent event in Alabama this time of year, and tornadoes, strong winds, and flooding can cause major damage to your home. Whether you have minor repairs or major remodeling work to be done, follow these guidelines for hiring a professional to help your home recover from storm damage.

Golf Classic Two Weeks Away

April 30, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — There's just two weeks left until the 15th Annual Alabama Home Builders Foundation/US Gypsum/Davis Plumbing Co. Golf Classic. The tournament will take place on Thursday, May 14 at the Robert Trent Jones-Capitol Hill Course in Prattville.

ALABAMA HOME BUILDERS FOUNDATION AWARDS 85 SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDENTS THROUGHOUT ALABAMA

April 23, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — The Alabama Home Builders Foundation, the charitable arm of the Home Builders Association of Alabama, recently awarded scholarships to 85 students in Alabama. The scholarships were given to students who desire to study the building trades or construction-related curricula at two-year, four-year and technical colleges throughout the state.

Register Now for Golf Classic

April 21, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Practice your golf swing and get ready for a day on the course at the 15th Annual Alabama Home Builders Foundation/US Gypsum/Davis Plumbing Co. Golf Classic. The tournament is scheduled for Thursday, May 14 at the Robert Trent Jones-Capitol Hill Course in Prattville.

Foot Traffic Up as Home Buying Becomes More Affordable

April 16, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Thanks to record low mortgage rates and declining home prices, 55 million families — or half of all U.S. households — can afford today's $200,000 median-priced new home, according to figures released by NAHB

Planning for Aging-in-Place Remodeling on the Rise

April 15, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — More remodeling clients are planning ahead and opting to alter their homes for aging-in-place, according to recent data gathered by the National Association of Home Builders' Remodelers. Seventy percent of remodelers surveyed reported making universal design home modifications, a significant bump from 60 percent in 2006.

The Web Can Make Your New Home Search Much Easier

April 10, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — If you're thinking about buying a new home but are unsure where to start, the solution could be as close as your personal computer. If you have Internet access, a wealth of information to help you in the home buying process is right at your fingertips.

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City of Mobile to Unveil New Future Land Use and Major...

As directed by the Map for Mobile, the City of Mobile is unveiling the new Future Land Use Map and Major Street Plan on Thursday, April 6, at 6 pm in the gymnasium of Government Street Baptist Church, located at 3401 Government Boulevard. The City is also hosting a zoning workshop to gain further feedback from citizens on the zoning framework.