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More Details Surface in 14-Year-Old's Murder

LAS VEGAS -- A fight in a car may have led to the death of a teenage girl whose body was found near a day care center on Sunday.

Murder suspect Juan Rivera told police about the events surrounding the girl's death after he was arrested for murder, robbery and sexual assault. In a police report, Rivera told police he gave Diana Sotos a ride to a friend's house, and while they were waiting for the friend, he and Soto had a argument.

The police report also reveals that Rivera is the boyfriend of Soto's older sister and all of them were living in the same home.

Rivera told police that Soto scratched him and he he strangled her and dumped her body on East Owens. Rivera denies sexually assaulting the girl.

Henderson to Host Foreclosure Prevention Workshop

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Homeowners facing foreclosure may be able to find some help at an upcoming foreclosure prevention workshop.

The workshop is being hosted by the city of Henderson Neighborhood Services Division and will take place on Wednesday, April 28th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Henderson Convention Center, 200 Water Street.

"At a time when families are continuing to struggle with foreclosure and financial difficulties, we've worked hard to bring together the resources they need to find help," said Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen.

Check this link to see what documents are needed.

Lenders, HUD-certified counselors, foreclosure mediators and federal representatives will be on hand to help the homeowners.

 

Expert Says Las Vegas Housing Market Healing

LAS VEGAS -- The Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors says home sales jumped 33 percent in March as buyers rushed to beat the deadline for the home buyer tax credits.

The group unveiled its latest numbers at a panel discussion on the Las Vegas housing market Wednesday morning.

Panelists say the emphasis in the coming year will be on short sales. GLVAR President Rick Shelton says he also expects there to be more foreclosures on the market because banks are not willing to work with homeowners on reducing their loans. He says that will result in more homeowners opting to do a short sale. Currently, short sales make up about half of the houses that are for sale in the market.

The panel says home prices are beginning to stabilize with the median home price for a single-family home at $136,000 which is up slightly from February. There has been an increase in home sales for the past 15 months.

Affordable Green Home Unveiled in Henderson

HENDERSON -- The Las Vegas Chapter of Habitat for Humanity unveiled two prototype homes Tuesday that are not only affordable but also green.

The homes were built based on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria which will result in lower energy bills and higher resale value for the families.

Habitat for Humanity builds homes around the county for working families that earn less than 80 percent of the area median income. The homes will be sold at no profit with a no interest mortgage.

The homes were built with financial support from MGM Mirage Voice Foundation and the Lincy Foundation. Local building suppliers also donated materials. Even the wood shop at Sierra Vista High School pitched in by building the kitchen cabinets.

Program to Offer Incentives for Short Sale Homes

A new effort that hopes to speed up the process of selling your home if it's worth more than you owe is underway.

The Obama Administration's program will give $3,000 for moving expenses to homeowners who complete a short sale or agree to turn over the deed of their property to the lender.

Under the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives program, borrowers will get the relocation incentive.  Servicers, investors and second lien holders will also get incentives as well. 

Once homeowners come to their lenders with bonafide offers, they'll have to be accepted within 10 days. 

More Homeowners Falling Delinquent on Mortgages

LAS VEGAS -- The number of Southern Nevada homeowners delinquent on their mortgage payments has climbed steadily for the past several months. In some cases, it's people just willing to walk away from their homes, and in other cases, homeowners are holding out hope that they will get a loan modification.

In any given neighborhood, chances are good that a homeowner is the process of walking away from their mortgage. In the past, five months was typically the longest a homeowner could stay in their home until the bank would come knocking. But that is no longer the case.

Nick Nolf with The Nolf Group has been in the real estate business through the boom, the bust, and now the slow turn-around.

More than $19 Million in Unclaimed Tax Refunds

LAS VEGAS -- The IRS has more than $19 million in unclaimed refunds for Nevada taxpayers and the deadline to claim the money is nearing.

According to the IRS, the refunds are for people who did not file a tax return for 2006. The owed money equates to a median refund of about $575 for 19,000 taxpayers.

"There is about $19 million for about 19,400 Nevadans. The window of opportunity to claim this money is about to expire and they really need to act," said Jesse Weller, IRS.

To collect the money, a 2006 tax return must be filed by April 15, 2010.

"Why should I just let it go to the IRS?" said Steven Hansen a taxpayer who made the mistake of doing that once before. He's learned his lesson, and today it's a much different story.

"That could've been money for anything medical bills, even my rent."