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Posted by: VHFA on 7/16/2008

trophyKathy Sarnes with Connecticut River Bank in Springfield is VHFA's top mortgage loan originator in Windsor County for 2008. Susan Laferriere with Union Bank in St. Johnsbury took the honor for Caledonia and Essex counties.

VHFA's fiscal year ends June 30, so summer is when we announce all our top originators for the previous year. We'll be announcing our remaining top originators later this month.

Congratulations, Kathy and Susan!

Posted by: VHFA on 7/14/2008

housing data siteThe Center for Rural Studies (CRS) at the University of Vermont, VHFA's partner in developing the Vermont Housing Data Web site, is conducting an online survey of the site's visitors.

Take the survey now for a chance to win an Apple® iPod® nano!

CRS's survey, which will run into the fall, is the first step in a grant-funded initiative to improve content and usability of the site.

In October, CRS will begin hands-on usability testing of the site at locations around the state.

Vermont Housing Data, the largest single online source for Vermont-related market rate and affordable housing information, debuted in 2003. We performed an extensive redesign last summer to give the site a fresh look and bring it in-line with the latest Web code and accessibility standards.

The site won a National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) Award for Program Excellence in 2005. More recently, it was critiqued by Web guru Jeffrey Zeldman at "An Event Apart," a designers conference held in Boston last month.

For more information about the survey, or to sign up for usability testing this fall, contact Chip Sawyer.

Posted by: VHFA on 7/10/2008

trophyDon Waterman with Wells River Savings Bank/Northeast Home Loan in Bradford is VHFA's top mortgage loan originator in Orange County for 2008.

VHFA's fiscal year ends June 30, so summer is when we announce all our top originators for the previous year. We'll be announcing the rest of our top originators throughout the summer.

Congratulations, Don!

Posted by: VHFA on 7/10/2008

welch, leahy & sanders at eventVermont's Congressional delegation held a joint press conference Monday to speak about rising home heating costs.

"If we don't dramatically increase funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, senior citizens on fixed incomes, the disabled, and low-income families with children will go cold this winter," said Sen. Bernie Sanders (right). "We cannot let that happen."

Sanders joined Sen. Patrick Leahy (center) and Rep. Peter Welch at the event.

Sanders introduced a bill co-sponsored by Leahy that would authorize an additional $2.53 billion for the heating assistance program. In the House, Welch introduced a similar bill that would provide approximately twice as much as current funding.

In a June 26 memo to owners and managers of VHFA-financed multifamily properties, Director of Multifamily Programs Sam Falzone warned "the coming heating season is going to be our Katrina."

Read Sam's full memo (57 KB; PDF) regarding heating costs and their anticipated impact on multifamily property operating budgets for 2009.

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Posted by: VHFA on 7/10/2008

trophyJoanne Hardy with Community National Bank in Montpelier is VHFA's top mortgage loan originator in Washington County for 2008.

VHFA's fiscal year ends June 30, so summer is when we announce all our top originators for the previous year. We'll be announcing the rest of our top originators throughout the summer.

Congratulations, Joanne!

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