Distressed Real Estate Makes Its Way Into Obama’s Jobs Plan

In addition to refinancing assistance for mortgage holders, President Barack Obama’s proposed American Jobs Act includes a handful of elements that relate to the distressed real estate market, all part of what the administration has labeled Project Rebuild. The new $15 billion program is based on the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)… Read more about this …

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Preliminary Plans for 5,000 Homes Around the OC Great Park Okayed

The plan submitted by the Aliso Viejo-based developer has parks, shopping areas, trails, a school, police substation and other aspects. IRVINE — Plans for nearly 5,000 new homes ringing the Orange County Great Park won preliminary approval from a divided City Council last week. Irvine officials voted 3 to 2 on Tuesday night to OK …

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FDIC’s ‘Problem Bank List’ Shrinks for First Time Since 2006

Bad real estate loans from the heyday of the boom have weighed heavy on banks’ balance sheets, forcing 365 FDIC-insured institutions to close up shop over the last two-and-a-half years. The FDIC keeps a list of banks it considers to have a high-risk of failure. This so-called “Problem List” has declined for the first time …

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Pending home sales rise again in March

Video is from www.Realtor.org. Pending home sales increased again in March, affirming that a surge of home sales is unfolding for the spring home buying season, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed in March, rose 5.3 percent to 102.9 from 97.7 in …

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