MaineHousing warns consumers of possible financial assistance scam

AUGUSTA, ME - September 17, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Maine homeowners receiving a recorded phone message from someone telling them to call "Maine Housing Authority" to help with foreclosure or to refinance their mortgage may be victims of a scam, state housing officials warned today

Governor Announces $11.4 million in Federal Recovery Funds for Wood Energy Projects

AUGUSTA, ME - August 20, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Gov. John E. Baldacci today announced that the Maine Forest Service, under the Maine Department of Conservation, will receive more than $11.4 million in federal recovery funds to convert at least 15 public buildings to wood or dual-fuel heating.

Governor Applauds New Affordable Housing Units in Portland

PORTLAND, ME - August 12, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor John E. Baldacci today participated in the grand opening of 53 Danforth, an innovative affordable and workforce housing apartment building in downtown Portland. Thirty of the 43 housing units are set aside for low-income renters.

Snowe, Collins Push for Quicker Transfer of Excess Military Property to Brunswick

August 7, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Late yesterday, U.S. Senators Olympia J. Snowe and Susan M. Collins (R-Maine) sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to support a critical provision that would help accelerate the transfer of excess military property to base communities, including Brunswick. Senators Snowe and Collins were joined by 12 of their Senate colleagues, who also signed the letter. Additionally, Senator Snowe spearheaded another letter signed by a dozen Senate colleagues to leaders of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, of which Senator Collins is a member, requesting that both committees retain a House-passed provision in Conference that would increase the utilization of no-cost economic development conveyances (EDCs) as a tool for property disposal.

HUD Secretary announces disaster assistance for Maine storm victims

Foreclosure protection offered to displaced families in 8 counties. WASHINGTON, DC - July 31, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced HUD will speed federal disaster assistance to 8 storm-ravaged counties in Maine and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes due to recent severe storms, flooding and landslides.

Maine to Receive $10,690,750 to Boost Affordable Housing Construction

WASHINGTON, DC - July 28, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, Congressman Mike Michaud announced that Maine will receive $10,690,750 in funding for affordable housing. Funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 1), U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) new Tax Credit Assistance Program (TCAP) allows state housing finance agencies to resume funding of affordable rental housing projects across the nation while stimulating job creation in the hard-hit construction industry.

New Home Heating Oil Tank Regulations Protect Drinking Water

AUGUSTA, ME - June 23, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — As of July 1, 2009 all new and replacement home heating oil tanks within the wellhead protection zone of community drinking water wells must be double-walled or have additional spill containment. The wellhead protection zone is the area around a well where it is most susceptible to contamination.“Protecting this area helps to keep Maine’s drinking water safe,” says Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) engineer David McCaskill. “The DEP responds, on average, to more than one spill a day from residential home heating oil tanks, and corrosion is the single largest cause.”

Governor Highlights Awardees of Community Development Block Grants

AUGUSTA, ME - June 10, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Governor John E. Baldacci today highlighted five of the 56 communities who have benefited from Community Development Block Grants over the past year. The Governor participated in a press conference to acknowledge the work done around Maine through the CDBG program.

Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Maine will present first President’s Award to MaineHousing...

PORTLAND, ME - June 9, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — The Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Maine will present its first ever President’s Award to MaineHousing Director Dale McCormick at the Association’s annual meeting Wednesday at the Holiday Inn West in Portland.

Federal recovery act will create jobs in housing sector

AUGUSTA - March 24, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Federal recovery funds coming to Maine through MaineHousing will create and retain housing jobs, but it is impossible to determine how much employment will be created until more federal guidelines are provided, MaineHousing Director Dale McCormick told a meeting of about 300 housing professionals Monday

Agreement Signed Formalizing Plan for Aroostook County Highway Projects

AUGUSTA, ME - March 12, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Governor John E. Baldacci announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize the process by which specific transportation projects in Caribou and Presque Isle will be completed. The MOU was signed by the Governor, Maine Department of Transportation Commission David Cole and the managers of the cities of Caribou and Presque Isle

Governor Marks Next Step for Florence House

PORTLAND - January 28, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Governor John E. Baldacci tonight joined supporters of Florence House to mark the next step toward the project starting construction. Florence House will provide permanent, supported housing to chronically homeless women in Portland. The project is a partnership between Avesta Housing and Preble Street

Olympia Development Announces Deals to Develop Hotels in Three States

PORTLAND, Maine, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Olympia Development, a premiere hotel and commercial real estate developer based in Portland, Maine, is pleased to announce...


Maine Real Estate & Development Association Names New President and Announces...

Paul Peck, attorney at Drummond & Drummond and real estate developer with LWS Development LLC is the new president of the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA), a statewide organization of commercial real estate owners, developers and related service providers. Founded in 1985, MEREDA promotes responsible development and ownership of real estate in Maine through legislative advocacy, educational programs and professional networking opportunities.


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