Comstock Homebuilding Companies Disputes Purported Notice of Default Related to a Loudoun County, Virginia Project


RESTON, VA, Oct 24, 2006 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Comstock Homebuilding Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHCI) ("CHCI") and Comstock Bellemeade, L.C., a wholly owned subsidiary of CHCI (collectively "Comstock" or the "Company"), today announced that on October 18th, 2006, they received a letter from Bank of America, NA (the "Lender") purporting to be a Notice of Default (the "Notice") under a Deed of Trust Note and Loan Agreement dated September 18, 2005 (the "Note") regarding the Company's Commons at Bellemeade project in Leesburg, Virginia (the "Project"). The purported Notice results from a claim by the Lender that the Company failed to make a $2.7 million cash curtailment which the Lender asserted was due on September 30, 2006. The Company promptly informed the Lender that it disputed the validity of the Notice and of its intent to compel arbitration to resolve the dispute. Pursuant to ongoing discussions with the Lender, the Company asserts that the payment was not currently due and payable as demanded by the Lender based on the fact that the Note had not been fully funded by the Lender pursuant to its terms and conditions.

Specifically, the dispute results from a provision in the Note that stipulates what the maximum outstanding commitments of the Lenders would be to the Project on certain established dates. The Note outlines approximately $12.5 million of cash curtailments required by September 30, 2006 to reduce the outstanding commitment of the Note to $33,775,000 predicated on the Company having drawn the approximately $46 million of total funding available for acquisition and improvements at the Project. To date, the Company has only drawn approximately $43 million for acquisition and improvements and has made corresponding principal reductions in excess of $10 million, thus bringing the outstanding balance at September 30, 2006 below the maximum outstanding commitment. As such, the Company believes that the Lenders' Notice is invalid.

"Comstock has consistently met and satisfied every legitimate banking obligation we have had and we have always worked closely with our lenders to ensure the security of their loans," said Christopher Clemente, Chairman and CEO. "We are disappointed in the direction that Bank of America has chosen to take our long standing relationship but we are confident that we will prevail in the resolution of this matter."

About Comstock Homebuilding Companies, Inc.

Established in 1985, Comstock Homebuilding Companies is a diversified real estate development firm with a focus on moderately priced for-sale residential products. Comstock builds and markets single-family homes, townhouses, mid-rise condominiums, high-rise condominiums, mixed-use urban communities and active adult communities. The Company currently markets its products under the Comstock Homes brand in the Washington, D.C., Raleigh, North Carolina, Atlanta, Georgia and parts of the Carolinas. Comstock develops mixed-use, urban communities and active-adult communities under the Comstock Communities brand. Comstock Homebuilding Companies Inc. trades on Nasdaq under the symbol CHCI. For more information please visit

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