Four Suburban Men Charged in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

December 18, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, announced today the filing of criminal charges against four west suburban men in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme.

Homeowners, Veterans & Small Businesses Benefit from Halvorson Sponsored Provisions in Tax Credit Bill

December 10, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Working to reduce burdens on our families, small businesses, and veterans, Rep. Debbie Halvorson (IL-11) today voted to pass the Tax Extenders Act of 2009, H.R.4213, which would extend a number of tax relief provisions through 2010.The Tax Extenders Act of 2009 contains three pieces of individual legislation sponsored by Halvorson, which were included into the larger bill. The first, H.R. 2146, would extend an additional standard deduction for state and local real property taxes for homeowners, which would save homeowners money on their tax returns.

Pent-Up Demand and Tax Credit Drive October Home Sales Rally Sales Up 24.2% Statewide...

SPRINGFIELD, IL - November 23, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Illinois home sales took a double-digit jump in October as buyers took advantage of unprecedented buyer-market conditions with record low mortgage interest rates, affordable home prices and the federal first-time homebuyer tax credit. According to the Illinois Association of REALTORS® latest report, statewide total home sales (which include single-family and condominiums) in October 2009 reached 10,986 homes sold, up 24.2 percent from October 2008 sales of 8,846. The Illinois median price in October 2009 was $157,000 down 7.6 percent from $170,000 in October 2008. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more, half sold for less

State pays nearly $78,000 to Illinois homeowners hurt by American Escrow closure

CHICAGO, IL - November 18, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Thirty-four Illinois homeowners were made whole this month when the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) repaid all the money lost from their escrow funds earlier this year. The homeowners were in default for taxes and insurance coverage after Chicago-based American Escrow, LLC went out of business without making the obligatory property tax and insurance payments from their escrow accounts.

Illinois Third Quarter Home Sales a Bright Spot in 2009 Statewide Median Price at...

SPRINGFIELD, IL - November 9, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- The first-time buyer tax credit built third-quarter momentum as home sales marked the first positive year-over-year increase in more than three years while price declines moderated but continued to be influenced by entry-level and distressed sales, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR). Statewide home sales (which include single-family and condominiums) totaled 32,460, up 0.3 percent from 32,358 home sales in the third quarter of 2008. The third quarter median home sale price was $165,000, down 12.9 percent from $189,500 in the third quarter of 2008. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more, half sold for less.

Rep. Foster Votes to Extend and Expand Homebuyer Tax Credit, Extend Unemployment Benefits

Washington, DC - November 6, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Rep. Bill Foster (IL-14) voted in favor of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act, H.R. 3548, to provide aid to those hurt by the economic recession and to continue his efforts to stimulate the economy. The bill passed by a bipartisan vote of 403-12, and now goes to the President for his signature

Davis Supports Extension of Unemployment Benefits, Home Buyer Credit and Small Business Net Operating...

November 6, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL07) today spoke out for, and voted in favor of, extending Unemployment Benefits, the Home Buyer Credit and a Small Business Net Operating Loss Carryback. The vote today approved amendments added by the Senate to the legislation passed by the House of Representatives six weeks ago. The legislation is expected to be signed by President Obama tomorrow. The provisions of the bill include the following.

Rep. Halvorson Votes to Extend Homebuyer Tax Credit, Unemployment Insurance

November 6, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Working to help those hardest hit by the struggling economy, and provide greater opportunities to realize the American dream, Rep. Debbie Halvorson (IL-11) today voted to pass the bipartisan Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act."All across our district our friends and neighbors are in danger of losing their unemployment benefits, and our economy is struggling to recover, this bill is a big step in turning that around," said Halvorson. "By extending these benefits we are helping our communities today so they can be stronger and more prosperous tomorrow.

Hare Supports Extension of Unemployment, First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit

November 5, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) today voted for legislation that will extend both unemployment benefits and the first-time homebuyer tax credit. The bill now heads to the President’s desk. Hare has been a strong supporter of extending unemployment benefits during this recession. In September, Hare voted to extend these benefits for 13 additional weeks. After being amended by the Senate, today’s bill would extend benefits in Illinois by 20 weeks, where the unemployment rate is currently over 10 percent.

Hare Joins Local Citizens, Realtors to Call for Extension of First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit

October 19, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) today was joined by local citizens and realtors in Moline, Canton, and Macomb to call for an extension of the $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit. The credit is set to end on December 1, 2009.

Congressman Quigley Votes to Extend First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit for Military

WASHINGTON, DC - October 14, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Last week, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL) voted to extend the First-Time Homebuyer tax credit for members of the Armed Services who served abroad this past year. H.R. 3590, which extends the credit for qualifying military personnel through November 30, 2010, passed the House of Representatives overwhelmingly by a 416-16 vote. The current tax credit is set to expire on November 30, 2009.

IHDA Urges First-Time Homebuyers to Take Advantage of Home Start Advance Loan

Must Close Before December 1, 2009 to Qualify for Advance Loan on Federal Credit. CHICAGO, IL - October 12, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- With the federal tax credit deadline fast approaching, the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) reminds potential first-time homebuyers to take advantage of the Home Start Tax Advance Loan. The deadline for the loan, which offers up to $6,000 in down payment assistance, is December 1, 2009.

Rep. Foster Votes to Allow Service Members to Take Advantage of Homebuyer Tax Credits...

Washington, DC - October 9, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Continuing his efforts help military service members and their families, Rep. Bill Foster (IL-14) voted in favor of the Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act of 2009, which would extend the deadline for utilizing the first-time homebuyer tax credit of $8,000 for qualifying service members that was included in the stimulus. The bill passed by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 416-0.

Biggert Pushes to Extend Homebuyer Tax Credit, Stabilize Housing Market

Washington, DC - October 8, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL-13th) today introduced two related measures aimed at promoting economic recovery by strengthening the housing sector, boosting homes sales, and stabilizing property values. Both bills are fully offset to remain budget neutral and would extend or amplify the popular first-time home buyer (FTHB) tax credit, which is set to expire at the end of November

Deadline Nears for First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit and State’s Down Payment Advance Loan Program

SPRINGFIELD, IL - September 4, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- The end is nearing for the first-time homebuyer tax credit. In order to qualify, homebuyers must close on or before midnight on November 30th of this year to qualify for the tax credit. The National Association of REALTORS® estimates close to two million first-time buyers will have taken advantage of the $8,000 tax credit this year, stimulating an additional 350,000 home sales


Investigation by CHA and HUD Inspectors General ends with guilty plea...

The Chicago Housing Authority will receive restitution for money stolen by a former contractor and her husband after the pair pleaded guilty to stealing funds intended for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, a crime that was exposed following an investigation by the CHA’s Office of the Inspector General.


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