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Financial Education Paramount for Texas Homebuyers

Through a partnership between the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation (TSAHC) and the Texas Association of Realtors (TAR), the joint campaign "Get Ready: Making Texans Homeowners for Life" will work to increase awareness of educational programs among potential home buyers.

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McCalla Raymer Honored by Orlando Partnership

McCalla Raymer, a full service provider of residential and commercial real estate legal services, was honored by the Downtown Orlando Partnership at its annual ceremony. The company was the recipient of the Golden Brick Award, given out annually to projects that affect the downtown development district.

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TARP Bank Executive Indicted on Bank Fraud Conspiracy

A former bank executive for a Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) bank has been indicted in a bank fraud conspiracy. The announcement came from the Office of the Special Inspector General for TARP (SIGTARP), which commented that Gary Alan Rickenbach of Little Rock, Arkansas has been indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

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Former Bank CEO Charged with Bank Fraud, Conspiracy, and Perjury

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Poppi Metaxas, former president and CEO of Gateway Bank of Oakland, California, was charged with bank fraud, bank fraud conspiracy, and perjury in relation to a sham "round trip" transaction. The scheme, initiated by Metaxas, caused Gateway to execute a false transaction in which the bank self-funded a down payment to make it appear that Gateway had sold toxic, non-performing mortgage loans.

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Economic Outlook Positive for Spring Season

According to the UCLA Anderson Forecast, the one-two punch of harsh winter weather in the East and a nagging drought in the West (namely California) stalled industries from real estate to factory production, putting a tight chokehold on the national economy.

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Massachusetts Foreclosure Activity Decreases in February

A new report issued by the Warren Group found the number of foreclosure petitions dropped by 48.7 percent in Massachusetts for the month of February. The monthly drop represented 18 consecutive months that petitions have decreased on a year-over-year basis in the Bay State.

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Colorado Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud

The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) announced Christopher Tumbaga of Colorado Spring, Colorado pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud and to one count of illegally receiving kickbacks for procuring loans.

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Job Growth Ramps Back Up in California

After losing 32,000 jobs in January, nonfarm employment rebounded in February, adding 58,800 jobs in February, according to the Wells Fargo Economics Group. February's increase reflected a 2.3 percent growth over the past year, creating a net gain of 345,600 jobs.

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