Yearly Archives: 2010

State of Iowa Receives $3.2 Million in Affordable Housing Funds

Des Moines, IA - December 28, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Communities throughout the state of Iowa were recently awarded $3.2 million in affordable housing grants through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines Affordable Housing Program (AHP). The 16 projects slated for completion with these grants will create 576 homes for lower income families. In total, FHLB Des Moines awarded $16.4 million to 57 projects.

Iowa Finance Authority awards $50,000 from State Housing Trust Fund to support Habitat for...

Des Moines, IA - December 10, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) Board of Directors recently approved a $50,000 grant to support the construction of a home to be built in Knoxville by Habitat for Humanity of Marion County. The funding is made available through the State Housing Trust Fund’s Project-Based program. The program provides financing for the development of affordable single-family and multifamily housing units.

Property Improvements May Qualify for Tax Exemption

November 18, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- December 31 is the deadline to file for Urban Revitalization Tax Exemption on eligible properties which received property improvements during calendar year 2010. All residential property owners within the corporate limits of the City of Sioux City that made improvements to their property in 2010 are encouraged to apply for the tax exemption.

Unique Iowa properties available for online search with IDX Broker software

EUGENE, OR - November 16, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- IDX, Inc. welcomes Sue Westergard to the growing team of real estate professionals choosing to enable a custom IDX solution on their realty websites. Agents and brokers, like Westergard, have long had access to detailed property listings. Now, thanks to IDX Broker software, Westergard can support thousands of Spirit Lake MLS (SLMLS) listings directly on her real estate search page. Her website serves home seekers and their every need, by hosting a thorough and comprehensive database of property listings online.

Pella provides new windows, accessible door for wounded Iowa veteran

PELLA, IA - November 12, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Steve and Sue Ralston are honoring Veterans Day this year by remodeling their rural home outside Waterloo, Iowa, for a very special Iowa veteran

Invite Someone Home Again This Holdiay Season

November 10, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Sioux City Economic Development Department is inviting former residents to move back to Sioux City this holiday season. In its third year, the “Home Again” marketing initiative will again utilize local media including print, tv, bus signage, banners and electronic billboards to target parents and families who want to see their children move back to Sioux City

Grassley Presses the Administration to Fix Lax Oversight of Tax Dollars at Public Housing...

WASHINGTON, DC - October 29, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa is pressing the federal government to fix its lax oversight over the billions of taxpayer dollars given to public housing agencies. Grassley’s review and media reports have exposed millions of dollars being paid to local agencies that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has classified as “high risk,” salaries for some housing agency directors that exceed the governor’s salary in their state, and sexual predators residing in public housing

BAUCUS, GRASSLEY, STARK RELEASE GAO REPORT SHOWING NEED FOR TRANSPARENCY IN NURSING HOME OWNERSHIP

Washington, DC - October 28, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health Chairman Pete Stark (D-CA) released a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report today on the need for greater transparency regarding companies’ ownership of nursing homes. Baucus, Grassley and Stark requested the report, titled “Complexity of Private Investment Purchases Demonstrates Need for CMS to Improve the Usability and Completeness of Ownership Data.”

More Than $1 Million in Loans and Grants to Iowa from USDA

WASHINGTON, DC - September 28, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Senator Chuck Grassley today said that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Rural Development has awarded two grants totaling $465,000, and three loans totaling $828,000 to Iowa through the Rural Economic Development Grant and Intermediary Relending programs

Iowa Finance Authority awards $44,000 from State Housing Trust Fund to support homeownership education

September 13, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- State Housing Trust Fund grant supports Iowa Home Owner Education Project (IHOEP) Des Moines, Iowa – The Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) Board of Directors recently approved a $44,000 grant to the Iowa Home Ownership Education Project (IHOEP) to support homeownership education efforts across the state. The funding is made available through the State Housing Trust Fund’s Project-Based program. The program provides financing for the development of affordable homeownership opportunities.

$437,084 to Iowa Workforce Development after CDS Layoffs

WASHINGTON, DC - September 13, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Senator Chuck Grassley today said that the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $437,084 to Iowa Workforce Development through the National Emergency Grant program.

Governor Culver: More Than $181.6 Million in Housing Awards Spur Nearly 1,600 Affordable Housing...

DES MOINES, IA - September 1, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Chet Culver today announced awards of more than $181.6 million to build or rehabilitate 1,597 units of affordable housing. The awards were granted from the federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program (LIHTC) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

FEMA’s Home Inspectors Recording Damage To Speed Assistance To More Than 10,000 Iowans

WEST DES MOINES, IA - August 27, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- More than 10,000 Iowans are expected to seek federal assistance for their losses from the severe storms and flooding that began June 1, according to disaster recovery officials.

What to expect when the inspector comes to your damaged property

WEST DES MOINES, IA - August 23, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- If you have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) because your home was damaged by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding, that have occurred since June 1, the next step in the process is to have your home inspected, according to state and federal disaster officials

Grassley: Agency Must Enforce Prohibition on Lifetime Sex Offenders’ Public Housing Benefits

WASHINGTON, DC - August 11, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Senator Chuck Grassley is urging the Department of Housing and Urban Development to do a better job of preventing lifetime convicted sex offenders from receiving federal housing benefits, as federal law requires. Grassley’s letter comes after an inspector general report determined that the federal government subsidizes housing for an estimated 2,094 to 3,046 lifetime registered sex offenders.

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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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EPA Awards $12.3 Million to State of Iowa for Critical Water...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 has awarded $12,326,000 to Iowa’s drinking water revolving loan program funds to help finance improvements to water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment