Commercial Real Estate Industry Continues to Make Progress in Reducing Energy Consumption, Carbon Emissions...

A new report from the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Greenprint Center for Building Performance shows that many of the world’s leading commercial real estate owners and managers are making significant progress in reducing energy consumption, carbon emissions and water usage in their buildings.

Multifamily Lending Up 28 Percent in 2015

In 2015, 2,855 different multifamily lenders provided a total of $249.8 billion in new mortgages for apartment buildings with five or more units, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) 2015 Annual Report on Multifamily Lending.  The 2015 dollar volume represents a 28 percent increase from 2014 levels.  Sixty-three percent of the active lenders made five or fewer multifamily loans over the course of the year.

PLF’s Burling part of property rights conference in The Hague

This year’s Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference, sponsored by William & Mary Law School, is being held this week in The Hague, Netherlands. For the seventh time, Jim Burling, Pacific Legal Foundation’s Director of Litigation, is a featured panelist

First-time Buyers Steer Existing-Home Sales Higher in September

Existing-home sales rebounded strongly in September and were propelled by sales from first-time buyers reaching a 34 percent share, which is a high not seen in over four years, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions saw an increase in closings last month, and distressed sales fell to a new low of 4 percent of the market.

Apartment Markets Retreat in the October NMHC Quarterly Survey

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Apartment markets softened across all four indexes in the October 2016 National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) Quarterly Survey of Apartment Market...
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Habitat for Humanity Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter advances inclusive housing markets worldwide

With 1.6 billion people in need of decent and affordable shelter, cities around the world are taking a closer look at their housing markets and the systems that support them.

Further Reducing Homelessness, Foster Care, Child Abuse and Neglect is HEART of Mission

Through collaboration with local advocates, civic and business leaders, HEART (Housing, Empowerment, Achievement, Recovery, Triumph) Alliance for Sustainable Families, is moving forward to preserve more families and ensure the safety of children in Broward County. At a forum held today, HEART rolled out its plan to further engage the community in broader efforts to reduce homelessness among families, caseloads for child welfare agencies, and circumstances that could separate children from their parents.

Influential Atlanta Business Groups Join Forces in Support of TSPLOST

Metro Atlanta’s most-influential real estate and development associations today launched the Unlock ATL campaign in an unprecedented effort to raise awareness of and gain support for the critical transportation referenda on the Nov. 8 ballot. More...

Inland Empire Utilities Agency Launches Advanced Energy Storage System to take on Water-Energy Nexus

The Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) and Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) will host a dedication event for their landmark water-energy project on October 20 at 11:00 a.m. The project is the first-of-its-kind to integrate renewable resources and energy storage at a public water agency. The system uses Tesla battery technology to integrate solar, wind, biogas and grid resources in order to optimize renewable generation, reduce demand on the electric grid and lower energy costs.
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ROEM Brings 116 New, Affordable, Multifamily Apartments to Mountain View

OEM Development Corporation celebrated the groundbreaking of Evelyn Family Apartments on Wednesday, October 19. Located at the southwest intersection of East Evelyn Avenue and South Bernardo Avenue in the City of Mountain View, Evelyn Family Apartments will be an affordable multifamily apartment community on a 1.93 acre site. More...
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Vancouver’s MNP Tower Wins NAIOP Award for Top Office Development

Oxford Properties, the real estate arm of OMERS, has been named recipient of the Project of the Year award by NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, for their MNP Tower in Vancouver as part of Oxford Place

Norton to Speak at United Way Resource Fair for D.C.’s Homeless Residents, Today

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will speak at the second annual “Project Homeless Connect,” a one-day resource fair, today, Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at 11:00 a.m., at Central Union Mission (65 Massachusetts Ave, NW). The event, presented by United Way of the National Capital Area, will provide on-site medical and dental care and access to housing, employment and other vital services to residents who are experiencing homelessness


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Census Bure. Privately owned housing units authorized by building permits in September were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,225,000.

Real Estate Economists Expect Continued Declines in Real Estate Growth Rates, According to a...

Following six years of growth, commercial property transaction volume is expected to decline over the next three years to $428 billion in 2018, according to a new three-year economic forecast from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Center for Capital Markets and Real Estate

IREC Partners with National Apartment Assn to Develop Micro-Credential

About two years ago, IREC began exploring micro-credentials as a means to supplement and, in some cases, provide an alternative to full-scope clean energy certification schemes. Through intensive discussion and research with stakeholders and credentialing partners since then, IREC has helped spur development of a blueprint for micro-credentialing that enables workers in clean energy and allied fields to validate competency in a specialty area

Six Common City-Level Energy Policies Could Reduce Nationwide Carbon Emissions by up to 480...

The Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently examined the carbon abatement potential of city actions in six policy areas as part of the DOE's Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) project. The analysis uses new data on energy use in more than 23,400 U.S. cities and estimates the aggregate impact of city actions related to: building energy codes, public transit, building energy incentives, rooftop photovoltaics, smart growth, and municipal actions
SEIA Releases

New Report Names Target the Top Corporate Solar Installer in the U.S.

Adding more solar this year than any other U.S. retailer, Target now has 147.5 megawatts (MW) of installed solar capacity. This is the first time Target has ranked No.1 in the report’s five-year history

Today’s Housing Market Fails to Fully Meet Needs of Extended Families, New CAP Report...

xtended families—households that include grandparents, grandchildren, cousins, siblings and other relatives living together—compromise 17 percent of households. Yet, today’s housing market does not meet the needs of these families, a new report released today by the Center for American Progress shows. CAP’s report highlights how existing housing stock is less suited to the realities of today’s modern households, particularly for the greater number of adults who live together as part of extended and multigenerational families.

Mortgage Applications Slightly Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

ortgage applications increased 0.6 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending October 14, 2016. This week's results included an adjustment for the Columbus Day holiday

NREL Announces Innovation Challenge Winner for Crowdsourced Residential Buildings Energy-Efficiency Ideas

The Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today announced the grand prize winner in the JUMP Smart Phone Call for Innovation. Industry partner CLEAResult provided a $3,000 prize and recognized the winner, selected by a panel of judges at the JUMP finals, during their Energy Forum in Austin, Texas, which was attended by more than 200 utility executives and industry representatives

Housing Starts Decline 9 Percent in September on Multifamily Weakness

A sharp decline in multifamily production brought overall nationwide housing starts down 9 percent in September, according to newly released data from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. However, both single-family production and overall permit issuance posted solid gains

Remodeling Market Optimism Strengthens in Third Quarter

The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) posted a reading of 57 in the third quarter of 2016, an increase of four points from the previous quarter and also a return to levels seen consistently throughout 2015

Administration More Interested in Destroying Dams than Generating Affordable Hydroelectricity

Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Sally Jewell urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve the destruction of four dams on the Klamath River in California and Oregon. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement

America’s Dams Are in Disrepair; CAP Report Calls for New Thinking on Future of...

With an uptick in extreme weather events and a majority of American dams approaching the end of their expected lifespans, it is time to rethink public policy on dams, according to a new report out today by the Center for American Progress. The report release coincides with an event hosted by CAP titled, “Assessing the Condition of America’s Dams and Rivers.”

Justice Department Files Brief to Address the Use of Criminal Background Checks by Housing...

The Justice Department filed a statement of interest today arguing that the Fair Housing Act (FHA) requires that landlords who consider criminal records in evaluating prospective tenants do not use overly broad generalizations that disproportionately disqualify people based on a legally protected characteristic, such as race or national origin

MBA Launches Initiative to Support Women in Real Estate Finance

The Mortgage Bankers Association launched a new networking platform for women in the real estate-finance industry. mPower - MBA Promoting Opportunities for Women to Extend their Reach -- will provide an opportunity for women to strengthen their networks, achieve professional growth, and exchange ideas and information about the industry.

Builder Confidence Remains Solid in October

Builder confidence in the market for newly constructed single-family homes remained on firm ground in October, down two points to a level of 63 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI)

Five Notable Nuggets from NAR’s Home Buyer and Sellers Survey’s 35-Year History

tional Association of Realtors®, mortgage rates were over four times higher than they are today and first-time buyers made up a much larger share of overall sales (44 percent). Over time, homebuyer tastes and behaviors have changed, yet many have stayed the same. In anticipation of the 2016 survey release on October 31, NAR has identified five noteworthy real estate trends since the survey’s inception.
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The Georgian Lakeside Assisted Living/Memory Care in Roswell, Georgia Designed by KTGY Highlights Luxury...

International award-winning KTGY Architecture + Planning announced today that The Georgian Lakeside in Roswell, Georgia, a 95-unit assisted living and memory care community, recently opened. KTGY is the designer of this innovative community, offering luxury amenities, leading-edge technology and resort-style living. Griffin Fine Living, LLC is the General Manager. More...

New REALTOR® Benefits Partner Allows Members to Save on Financial Management Software

The National Association of Realtors®, through the REALTOR Benefits® Program, has partnered with Intuit, the global leader in financial management software products, to offer exclusive savings on Intuit's signature products QuickBooks® Self-Employed and TurboTax


MISMO Launches New Collaboration Tool and Updated Website

MISMO® the Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization recently launched MISMO Connect, a new tool that improves collaboration and communication across the MISMO community. MISMO Connect replaces the previous SharePoint and Listserv tools. MISMO Connect will be the official repository for MISMO documents and workgroup activities.


Commercial Real Estate Industry Continues to Make Progress in Reducing Energy...

A new report from the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Greenprint Center for Building Performance shows that many of the world’s leading commercial real estate owners and managers are making significant progress in reducing energy consumption, carbon emissions and water usage in their buildings.

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ERC and NCLR Investigation Uncovers Housing Discrimination against Latinos in Three...

NEW ORLEANS, - July 22, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today the (ERC) — a national non-profit civil rights organization dedicated to equal opportunity for all—and The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) —the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—unveiled the results of a testing-based investigation documenting adverse and differential treatment against prospective Latino renters and homebuyers in Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta, Georgia; and San Antonio, Texas. Sotheby's Homes  Fisher Investments on Crunchbase and ALLRMC.COM