American Institute of Architects Sends National Team of Experts to Assist Pratt, Alabama, Community...

Birmingham, AL - October 11, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- A team of national experts assembled by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) are heading to Alabama this week to assist storm damaged communities and residents in the development of a long-term recovery strategy. The team, which will be in Alabama from October 7-10, is serving at the invitation of the City of Birmingham, will be conducting a participatory planning process with the entire community.

Insurance, Disaster Assistance and Repairing Your Home

BIRMINGHAM, AL - September 22, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Alabama Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency urge disaster survivors who have received federal assistance for home repairs to begin that process and to use their money wisely.

Alabama Court Affirms Enforceability of MERS Mortgage

Reston, VA - August 31, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- In Freddie Mac v. Brooks, the U.S. District Court for Alabama’s Eastern Division dismissed with prejudice the borrowers’ counterclaim against Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS) and MERSCORP in response to Freddie Mac’s eviction action.

For Storm Survivors, Permanent Housing is the Goal

BIRMINGHAM, AL - August 16, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- For Alabamians affected by the April storms and tornadoes, now is the time to work toward a permanent housing plan. The Alabama Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency encourage you to consider all options available, including local resources, in making a long-term plan

Smart Schooling for Future Disasters: Get Lessons on Building Safer and Stronger

BIRMINGHAM, AL - August 15, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Kids headed back to school aren’t the only ones with valuable lessons in their futures. You can get potentially life-saving lessons on disaster-resistant construction when the Federal Emergency Management Agency comes to local building supply stores Aug. 16 to Aug. 20.

Beef Up Your Building with Techniques That Stand Up To a Storm

BIRMINGHAM, AL - August 8, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Residents who want to make their homes and businesses more storm resistant can get advice from FEMA staff at local building supply and retail stores from Aug. 9 to Aug. 13 in Birmingham, Gadsden and Prattville.

Housing Expo Comes to Jefferson County for Tornado Survivors

BIRMINGHAM, AL - July 18, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Tornado survivors can get answers on how to plan and accomplish their permanent housing goals at a Housing and Recovery Expo in Jefferson County on Saturday, July 23.

Long-Term Housing Options Focus of Walker County Disaster Expo

BIRMINGHAM, AL - July 7, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Tornado survivors can get answers on how to plan and accomplish their permanent housing goals at the Housing and Recovery Expo in Walker County Saturday, July 9

Tornado Survivors Can Get Help on Housing Goals at Walker County Expo

BIRMINGHAM, AL - July 7, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Tornado survivors can get answers on how to plan and accomplish their permanent housing goals at the Housing and Recovery Expo in Walker County Saturday, July 9. Many Alabamians are still recovering from the April and May storms. The State of Alabama Housing Task Force, working with the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is hosting the expo to provide key answers to survivors’ most frequently asked questions in a comfortable and familiar setting.

Birmingham Man Faces Mortgage Fraud Charges for Selling Houses He Did Not Own

BIRMINGHAM, AL - June 29, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Federal prosecutors on Monday charged a Birmingham man for running a mortgage fraud scheme in which he sold houses that he did not own, U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance announced.


WASHINGTON, DC - June 15, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that a HUD Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) has ordered a Marshall County, Alabama, landlord to pay $49,165 in damages and penalties for violating the Fair Housing Act. HUD initially charged Phillip and Opal Maze, respectively the rental manager and owner of a Marshall County mobile home, with discriminating based on race in December 2009. In an order that became final on May 25, 2011, the ALJ found that Phillip Maze discriminated against a white family and an African American man because one of the family members was dating the African American man

As Your Housing Needs Change, Give FEMA a Call

BIRMINGHAM, AL - June 8, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Are you living in a tent or camper on your property? Are you still staying in your damaged home? Or is living with relatives after the tornadoes not working out?

Debris Removal On Private Property Requires Owners Consen

BIRMINGHAM, AL - May 31, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Operation Clean Sweep is in full swing to pick up and remove tornado debris in eligible jurisdictions by the recently extended deadline of July 12. Property owners can help expedite debris removal by completing paperwork allowing debris teams to enter private property.

SBA Regional Administrator Visits Disaster Survivors And Advises That Loans Also Are For Homeowners...

BIRMINGHAM, AL - May 16, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- For many Alabamians recovering from the recent tornadoes, completing a disaster loan application may be overwhelming, but it is an essential step in recovery.

Help May Be Available To Remove Debris From Your Property

BIRMINGHAM, AL - May 13, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- An important step on the road to recovery is debris removal. If you were affected by the April tornadoes, here is some information that may help make it easier.

Temporary Housing Arrives for Alabama’s Tornado Survivor

ATLANTA, AL - May 9, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Eleven units arrived on May 7 for residents in the town of Phil Campbell. It is an area with an extreme shortage of available rental housing and apartments. Additional housing will be provided by FEMA and the State of Alabama to other counties where the demand for housing is greater than the supply.


WASHINGTON DC - May 2, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced HUD will speed federal disaster assistance to the State of Alabama and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes following severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding this week

Shelby: Congress Needs to Do Its Homework on Housing Reform

March 29, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, ranking Republican on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today made the following statement at a Committee hearing on the consideration of proposals to reform the housing finance system

Shelby Joins Johnson in Making Housing Finance Reform a Top Priority

February 11, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking Republican on the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, today made the following statement regarding the White Paper released by the Obama Administration concerning the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The White Paper was a requirement of the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform legislation.

Brookwood Man Faces 34-Count Federal Indictment in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

BIRMINGHAM, AL - February 3, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- A federal grand jury today indicted a Brookwood man on wire fraud and false statement charges related to a more than $1 million mortgage fraud scheme in the Birmingham area, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance.