Eastern Iowa Businessman Sentenced to Prison for Failing to Pay Employment Taxes and Violating...

An Eastern Iowa businessman who failed to pay over employment taxes and violated the Clean Water Act by causing ethanol to be discharged into a tributary of the Maquoketa River, was sentenced today in federal court in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to 15 months in federal prison, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Sean R. Berry of the Northern District of Iowa

MERCY LOAN FUND PARTNERS WITH CHESAPEAKE COMMUNITY ADVISORS AND TRINITY VILLAGE NON‐PROFIT HOUSING CORP....

Mercy Loan Fund (MLF), a leading Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) today announced that it has provided a loan to Chesapeake Community Advisors (CCA) and Trinity Village Non Profit Housing Corp. (Trinity) for the acquisition of Cedar River Tower, an 85-home community for seniors with low incomes in Waterloo, Iowa.

Iowa Home Sales up 14.9% in November

The number of homes sold in November were up 14.9 percent when compared to November’s totals last year according to the official Housing Trends Report from the Iowa Association of REALTORS® (IAR).

Iowa Home Prices up 5.1% in October

The median sale price rose 5.1 percent in October 2016 when compared to October 2015 according to the official Housing Trends Report from the Iowa Association of REALTORS® (IAR).
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Iowa Home Sales up 7.5 percent and Prices up 7.0 percent in September

Home sales rose 7.5 percent in 2016 and home prices were up 7.0 percent when compared to September 2015. The number of homes sold in September rose 7.5 percent from last year. 3,853 homes were sold in September of this year, while 3,583 were sold during September 2015. This year’s numbers in real estate continue to show a strong and solid market in Iowa. The number of properties sold from January through September were 4.3 percent higher than the same period last year.

Grassley Joins Colleagues in Encouraging Obama Administration to Abandon Proposed Estate Tax Regulations

Led by U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), a member of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, 41 Senate Republicans today wrote to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew encouraging the Treasury Department to abandon proposed regulations that would significantly increase the estate tax burden on family farms and businesses. The proposed regulations, if finalized, would contradict long-standing legal precedent and greatly discourage families from continuing to operate and grow their farms and businesses for eventual transfer to future generations.

Grassley Seeks GAO Review of HUD Compliance with Law Barring Wanted Fugitive Felons from...

Sen. Chuck Grassley today asked the Government Accountability Office to review whether the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is taking effective steps to comply with the federal law making fugitive felon status grounds for termination from living in public housing.

Grassley Named “Defender of Housing” by the National Association of Home Builders

The Cedar Rapids Home Builders Association presented Sen. Chuck Grassley with the “Defender of Housing” award on behalf of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) for being a “forward-thinking federal legislator who recognizes housing’s significant role within the U.S. economy.”
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Iowa Home Sale Prices Continue Upward Trend in July

Home sale prices rose almost 2 percent in July 2016 and homes sold were down 9 percent when compared to July 2015. According to the Housing Trends Report by Iowa Association of REALTORS®, the median sale price for July 2016 is $152,500 as compared to $150,000 in July of last year.

Branstad appoints Camille Valley to the Iowa Property Assessment Appeal Board

Gov. Terry E. Branstad announced today that he has appointed Camille Valley to the Iowa Property Assessment Appeal Board. Valley’s term on the Iowa Property Assessment Appeal Board begins Friday, August 26, 2016 and ends April 30, 2019. Valley, who resides in Johnston, will be eligible for a full six-year appointment in April 2019 at the conclusion of her partial appointment announced today

Grassley Seeks HUD Explanation of Policies on Wanted Fugitive Felons in Public Housing

Sen. Chuck Grassley is asking the Department of Housing and Urban Development to explain its policies for allowing wanted fugitive felons to live in public housing after a report suggested the agency takes a weaker approach than federal law requires

Young Announces Des Moines to Receive $8 Million in Transportation Infrastructure Funds

Iowa Congressman David Young today announced the City of Des Moines will receive $8,000,000 in grant funding through U.S. Department of Transportation’s (US DOT) TIGER Grant Program.

Iowa Home Sales Increase by 3.8% in June 2016

Home sale prices rose 2 percent in June 2016 and homes sold were up 3.8 percent when compared to June 2015. According to the Housing Trends Report by Iowa Association of REALTORS®, the median sale price for June 2016 is $156,000 as compared to $153,000 in June of last year

Iowa Home Prices Rise 5.6% in April

According to the Housing Trends Report by Iowa Association of REALTORS®, home sale prices rose 5.6 percent in April 2016 and homes sold were up 5.3 percent when compared to April of last year. The median sale price for April 2016 was $142,500 as compared to $135,000 in April of last year. Price Comparison April 16

Branstad, Reynolds Administration Announce Iowa Homeownership Month Campaign: “2,500 Bucks”

The Branstad, Reynolds Administration announced an innovative homeownership month campaign hosted by the Iowa Finance Authority, Iowa Association of REALTORS® and the Iowa Mortgage Association, at their regular weekly press conference. The 2,500 Bucks campaign encourages Iowa home buyers to visit IowaHouseHunt.com throughout the month of June to learn about all aspects of purchasing a home in Iowa, including a $2,500 down payment assistance grant and a chance to win $2,500.

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HUD Secretary Donovan and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller Unveil First...

WASHINGTON, DC - August 3, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced today the launch of the National Mortgage Servicing Settlement’s first public service announcement (PSA) television ad titled “Homeowner Help.” The PSA, which can be viewed at www.hud.gov and www.nationalmortgagesettlement.com, is designed to educate homeowners about the resources available to them through the mortgage servicing settlement.

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Eastern Iowa Businessman Sentenced to Prison for Failing to Pay Employment...

An Eastern Iowa businessman who failed to pay over employment taxes and violated the Clean Water Act by causing ethanol to be discharged into a tributary of the Maquoketa River, was sentenced today in federal court in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to 15 months in federal prison, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Sean R. Berry of the Northern District of Iowa