Lakewood Real Estate News
Monday May 4 | via Cleveland.com
Cleveland Heights plans to use $556,000 in Cuyahoa County grant money to tear down 49 vacant and dilapidated houses. Meanwhile, Shaker Heights was awarded $885,000 to demolish 20 houses and buildings, including the former Qua Buick dealership and Unity Church on Warrensville Center Road. Comment?
Tuesday Apr 28 | via Cleveland.com
That will spare the house -- built in 1922 on a triangular lot at the intersection of Courtland Boulevard and Manchester Road -- from the wrecking ball, thanks in large part to the intervention of local officials and the Cleveland Restoration Society. "This home, with some of the most noteworthy examples of Van Sweringen architecture, would have fallen into the no man's land of the mortgage foreclosure crisis had we not acted, created the designation and followed through on it," said Councilwoman and Landmark Commission Chair Nancy Moore. Comment?
Apr 19, 2015 | via Recordpub.com
Statistics provided by the Ohio Supreme Court show that foreclosure filings declined in the state in 2014 for the fifth straight year. Comment?
Jun 24, 2009 | via Examiner.com
It sounds like a simple enough question, but the answer will probably surprise you. Most people would say that to stage their homes, they should start by de-cluttering. Comment?
Apr 15, 2015 | via The Plain Dealer
An appeals court gave a would-be whistleblower another shot at challenging her firing -- and at airing her claims that the mortgage processor she worked for routinely put struggling homeowners' private information at risk. Carrie Rebello's lawsuit against Lender Processing Services Inc. claims the company fired her from its Solon office in 2012 because it feared she would tell one of its clients, JP Morgan Chase, that LPS employees commonly shared passwords to allow coworkers to access confidential information about Chase mortgage borrowers who faced foreclosures. Comment?
Sunday | via The Columbus Dispatch
As spring home sales kick into gear, central Ohio shoppers are discovering that in some neighborhoods the old rules of home-buying no longer apply. Instead, they must learn the meaning of phrases such as "escalation clauses," "highest-and-best offers," "no-remedy inspections" and "curbside offers." Comment?
Tuesday May 19 | via Washington Examiner
Democrats on the Senate Banking Committee have countered Republican Chairman Richard Shelby's proposal to overhaul banking regulation with a plan of their own, one that would limit deregulation to small banks and credit unions. The outline, released by the panel's ranking Democrat, Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, two days before a scheduled mark-up, mostly retains the community bank provisions of Shelby's reform, while dropping a range of other items that liberals had criticized as giveaways to Wall Street. Comment?
Thursday May 21 | via Los Angeles Times
A Senate committee Thursday voted to ease some of the financial regulations enacted in 2010, approving legislation that Republicans said would help small banks avoid burdensome rules but that Democrats charged would help big Wall Street firms as well. The 12-10 vote in the Senate Banking Committee split along party lines, demonstrating the sharp partisan divisions that still exist nearly five years after the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was approved in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Comment?
Thursday May 21 | via Insurance News Net
A bill that would significantly reduce federal agencies' authority to regulate insurance companies was reported out of committee today, despite it being unlikely to win enough votes in its present form to become law. The bill will likely need significant narrowing before it can win enough votes to be enacted. Comment?
Monday May 18 | via Press
The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has proposed more changes to the state's formula for farmland valuation, saying the reforms would result in more accurate valuations that reflect the economic conditions the agricultural sector is facing. In a May 13 letter to the Ohio Department of Taxation, the Farm Bureau contends the changes to the Current Agricultural Use Valuation program would also encourage more participation in conservation practices. Comment?
13 min ago | via GantDaily.com
Paying your bills is part of saving the world. In fact, the better you are at handling your money, the more of it you'll have to put toward fun, travel, retirement, student loans or your next big game-changing idea. Comment?
16 min ago | via Canada NewsWire
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17 min ago | via The Hill
If congressional Republicans offered the president a deal that would make the tax code markedly more progressive, raise more revenue and also fund several of his second-term priorities, would he agree to such a thing? The answer the White House would undoubtedly give would be a guarded "yes" - but that such a deal would never come from the Congress. That is certainly true, but the White House could propose precisely such a deal and come out with an undisputed political and policy victory, regardless of whether Republicans accept the deal. Comment?
22 min ago | via PropertyProf Blog
It is no secret . . . that many borrowers are overcharged for title insurance. In 2007, the Government Accountability Office warned that the price of title policies was inflated by lack of competition in the title-insurance market, as well as apparently illegal kickbacks paid by title agents to realtors, mortgage brokers, loan officers and others who sent business their way. Comment?
34 min ago | via Tony's Kansas City
Everything real estate agents say is always in the best interests of their commission . . . So be careful following their advice. Comment?
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