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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
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
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.
Tax Credit Key to Selling Homes, Marketing Experts Say
March 17, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Home builders may be underestimating the mileage they can derive from the recently enacted $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers and should be doing whatever they can to actively promote it with their prospective buyers, according to residential marketing experts participating in an NAHB teleconference on March 16.
Scholarship Deadline Less than a Month Away
February 16, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Students wishing to study the building trades are invited to apply for a scholarship from the Alabama Home Builders Foundation. The deadline for submitting a scholarship application is March 15, 2009
Winter Board Room Block Drops Today
Today, Friday, January 23 is the last day to reserve your hotel room in the HBAA's room block for the 2009 Winter Board Meeting. The meeting will take place February 10-11 at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa in downtown Montgomery.
Alabama Remodeling Excellence Awards Entry Deadline Extended
January 16, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — The deadline for submitting entries for the 2009 Alabama Remodeling Excellence Awards (AREA) has been extended to Friday, January 23, 2009. The awards competition, which salutes the best of Alabama's remodeling industry, is open to all remodelers, contractors, kitchen and bath designers, architects, and other remodeling industry professionals
Finding Design Ideas for Your Remodeling Project
January 09, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — You want to change the look and feel of your house, but you also want your remodeling job to look fresh for a number of years while complementing the existing features of your home. How do you choose the right project and design for you and your family?
Winter Board Room Block Drops January 16
December 30, 2008 - (RealEstateRama) — Make your hotel reservations now for the 2009 HBAA Winter Board Meeting, taking place Tuesday, February 10 and Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa.
State Banking Department Outlines Steps to Help Those Facing Mortgage Loan Problems
MONTGOMERY, AL - December 24, 2008 - (RealEstateRama) — The State Banking Department has recently seen an increase in the number of inquiries from Alabama consumers regarding mortgage loan modifications. A mortgage loan modification is a permanent change in one or more of the terms of a mortgagor’s loan
Fix Housing First Coalition Seeks To Revive Housing And Economy
December 16, 2008 - (RealEstateRama) — The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is spearheading Fix Housing First, one of the largest coalitions of housing advocates ever assembled in the United States, to push for a housing recovery plan that will revive the economy.
Remarks of Ranking Member Spencer Bachus During Full Committee Hearing on Loan Modifications
WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 14, 2008 - (RealEstateRama) — The following are remarks delivered by Congressman Spencer Bachus at today’s hearing by the House Financial Services Committee.
Home Technology Within Reach of Average Buyers
October 20, 2008 - (RealEstateRama) — Home automation technology is much more widespread throughout the new home industry today than one might think — and well within the reach of the average buyer.
Alabama Home Sales Increase in May
AL, Jun 26, 2008 - (RealEstateRama) — May 2008 home sales in Alabama increased 14.20 percent from the prior month. As anticipated within the industry, year—over—year sales remain below seasonal norms with total statewide home sales of 4,569 units during May, a decline of 22.81 percent representing 1,350 fewer homes sold compared to May of last year.
Local Home Sales Pace Picks Up
Homes sales around Montgomery remained well below 2007 levels in March, but the pace picked up compared to February, pointing to a seasonal shift in sales.According to the Alabama Center for Real Estate at the University of Alabama, Realtors sold 416 homes in the Montgomery area last month, more than 100 fewer than last year, but more than the 340 sold in February
Alabama Governor Highlights Expansive Partnership as State Council Releases New Data-Driven Report
MONTGOMERY, AL "Preventing and ending homelessness in Alabama will be impossible without collaboration by government agencies, the private sector, nonprofit organizations, and faith-based and community partners," stated Alabama Governor Bob Riley, who this week welcomed United States Interagency Council on Homelessness Executive Director Philip Mangano for the convening of the Alabama Governor's Statewide Interagency Council on Homelessness.
Tips for Speeding Up the Sale of Your Home
Trying to sell a house during the winter months can be difficult, but there are several things you can do to improve its marketability. By expending a bit of effort before it goes on the market, you can ensure that your home presents well, stands out from the crowd and does not turn off potential buyers so that you can sell quickly, and at the best price.
Disaster Assistance Available for Lamar and Pickens Counties
MONTGOMERY—Governor Bob Riley said he is very pleased that the U.S. Small Business Administration will open a Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Vernon on Tuesday. Residents of Lamar and Pickens counties may be eligible for assistance resulting from the severe storms and tornadoes that passed through the area on January 10. These counties are eligible because they are contiguous to one or more of th e primary counties in a Mississippi Emergency Declaration
Annual ‘Best Places to Live in Rural America’ Rankings Released
The Progressive Farmer magazine crowns Maryland's Kent County and nine other best rural places to live based on their ability to thrive-even during struggles-among other quality-of-life statistics.
Online Home Auction Leader Posts Record-Breaking 2007 Despite Year of Real Estate Decline
A growing acceptance of technology and the ability to sell properties quickly have made RealtyBid.com an innovator within the real estate industry