FL. Legislator Seeks Records, Answers from Bondiâ€™s Office
By Toluse Olorunnipa, Miami Herald, August 4, 2011
After two foreclosure fraud investigators were abruptly dismissed
from their posts with the attorney generalâ€™s office, and a former deputy
attorney general left Tallahassee to join a firm under investigation
for foreclosure malpractice, a Hollywood state senator has launched a
probe into the stateâ€™s top legal office. Florida Sen. Eleanor Sobel
(D-Hollywood), sent public records requests to the office of Attorney
General Pam Bondi on Thursday, seeking to understand the relationship
between the office and Lender Processing Services, a Jacksonville firm
under state investigation for shoddy foreclosure practices.
MIAMI â€” Home prices rose in February, the first annual increase in
more than three years, but fell short of analysts' expectations.
results of the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price
index were mixed, as 11 of the 20 cities showed declines.
prices in February increased 0.6 percent on a non-seasonally adjusted
basis, according to the index released Tuesday. The last time prices
rose on a year-over-year basis was December 2006.
polled by Thomson Reuters predicted a 1.2 percent increase.
data show that home prices could decline further before experiencing any
sustained gains and it's too early to say the housing market is