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Treasury Delivers Details of ‘Toxic Asset’ Treatment Plan

RISMEDIA, March 28, 2009-(MCT)-Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner took the wraps off a long-awaited key component of the Obama administration's bank rescue plan, detailing a public-private partnership to buy up the so-called toxic assets that are polluting bank balance sheets. ...


Banks Lend Heavily to Insiders Amid Credit Crunch, Bailouts

RISMEDIA, March 24, 2009-(MCT)-Insider lending amid a credit crunch and bailouts is not as uncommon as many would believe, as banks nationwide hold $41 billion in loans to directors, top executives and other insiders, a portfolio that experts say should be stripped of secrecy. ...


4 Ways to Protect Your Personal Data when Filing Taxes Online

RISMEDIA, March 24, 2009-(MCT)-As April 15 approaches and taxpayers scramble to complete their tax returns, it's critical that they take extra care to guard their personal information. Consider what's exposed and vulnerable: your Social Security number, address, name and financial ...


Mortgage Rates Dip in Response to Fed’s Decision to Buy Treasury Bonds and Mortgage Securities

RISMEDIA, March 23, 2009-(MCT)-Mortgage rates are again dropping to near-record lows - below 5% - in the wake of the Federal Reserve's decision to buy up Treasury bonds and mortgage securities. Lower rates may help spur home sales, but analysts ...


Treasury Throws 5 Billion Dollar Lifeline to Auto Suppliers

RISMEDIA, March 23, 2009-(MCT)-Adding to the growing list of economic sectors going under the protective wing of the Government, the Treasury Department announced that U.S. auto-parts suppliers will receive up to $5 billion in a taxpayer-funded revolving line of credit. ...


Despite Economic Crisis, Solar Energy in High Demand

RISMEDIA, March 23, 2009-The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) released its 2008 U.S. Solar Industry Year in Review, highlighting a third year of record growth. SEIA reports 1,265 megawatts of solar power of all types were installed in 2008, raising total capacity by 17% to 8,775 megawatts (MW). The 2008 ...


Fed Takes Action to Bolster Lending

RISMEDIA, March 20, 2009-(MCT)-The Federal Reserve escalated its war on the nation's credit crisis, announcing that it would more than double the amount of money it will spend in the coming year in an aggressive effort to force down interest ...


A Lending Hand – HUD and DOT Announce Partnership to Promote Sustainable Communities

RISMEDIA, March 21, 2009-U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) secretary Ray LaHood announced a new partnership to help American families gain better access to affordable housing, more transportation options, and lower transportation costs. ...


Reverse Mortgages Serve as Lifeline for Seniors

RISMEDIA, March 20, 2009-In the midst of the current credit crunch, we tend to overlook the financial needs of senior homeowners, especially those who own their homes free and clear or are pretty close to being debt free. However, these ...


Central Texas Real Estate Sales Volume Down, but Home Prices Show Modest Increase

RISMEDIA, March 20, 2009-According to the February 2009 Multiple Listing Service report by the Austin Board of Realtors® (ABoR), the Austin-area home sales volume remains down year-over-year, but home prices have risen compared to February 2008. ...


Small Businesses to Benefit as Credit Lines are Loosened

RISMEDIA, March 19, 2009-(MCT)-As the economy continues to suffer and jobs are lost and business owners continually push to keep things moving forward so they are in the right place at the right time when the market turns, President Barack ...


Credit Markets and Economy Add Pressure to Commercial Mortgage Performance

RISMEDIA, March 17, 2009-The weakening economy and continued credit crunch contributed to increases in commercial/multifamily mortgage delinquencies during the fourth quarter of 2008, according to the Commercial/Multifamily Delinquency Report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). ...


HUD Awards $12 Million in Grants to Bring Jobs, Economic Independence to Public Housing Residents

RISMEDIA, March 16, 2009-The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded nearly $12 million in grants to 207 public housing agencies across the U.S. to help public housing residents find jobs that lead them toward economic independence. ...


Mortgage and Financial Markets Continue to Slow Housing Activity

RISMEDIA, March 13, 2009-The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) told Congress that the housing sector is still being significantly affected by the upheaval in the financial and mortgage markets that started in 2007, and there is deep concern that these financial dislocations will increase the depth and length of ...


Appraisal Institute Urges Congress to Address Feeble Oversight

RISMEDIA, March 13, 2009-In testifying before Congress yesterday, the Appraisal Institute told lawmakers that mortgage reform legislation is needed to address structural weaknesses in mortgage industry regulation. Calling current regulatory oversight "feeble," the Appraisal Institute called upon Congress to provide state and federal appraisal oversight agencies with greater enforcement power, ...


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