National Government and Public Real Estate News

NEW ORLEANS, – July 22, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Today the Equal Rights Center (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.Bill Shepherd
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The Only Real Estate Franchise Honored for 7 Consecutive Years

DENVER – October 31, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — RE/MAX, LLC is one of the “50 Top Franchises for Minorities” according to the eighth annual survey compiled by the World Franchising Network and featured on Oct. 24 in USA Today. The 2014 survey is the seventh consecutive year RE/MAX has been included on the list and each year it has been the only real estate franchise included among the Top 50. more »

Woman and sons forced from housing following incident

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 31, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it has charged Southgate Apartment Company and A & G Management Company, the owner and property manager of Southgate Apartments and Townhomes in Glen Burnie, Maryland, with violating the Fair Housing Act by refusing to renew the lease of a female tenant and her two sons after she and her older son were stabbed by her then boyfriend. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 31, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) is saddened by the loss of former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who touched the lives of thousands through his work on affordable housing and neighborhood development. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 31, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) and other consumer advocacy organizations submitted a joint comment letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regarding the proposed modifications to Regulation C, which will implement changes to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). The letter applauds the expanded collection of data elements and urges the public release of the new data elements, particularly those that do not pose privacy risks, without delay. more »

Over 275 cities are eligible to receive technical assistance

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 31, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the release of a Request for Applications (RFA) for cities seeking economic revitalization assistance through the National Resource Network (The Network). Designed for economic revitalization, the Network is a first of its kind effort to bring together national experts under one organization to work with cities seeking to increase their economic competitiveness and to reverse population decline, job loss and high rates of poverty. more »

SALISBURY, MD – October 30, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The former Standard Register facility located in the Northwood Industrial Park has been purchased by Delmarva Power. John McClellan, CCIM, Henry Hanna, CCIM, SIOR, and Wesley Cox, CCIM, all Senior Advisors with Sperry Van Ness – Miller Commercial Real Estate represented Standard Register in the transaction. more »

Open, online real estate marketplace is making searching easier and more transparent for Pros and the Public, alike

New York, NY – October 30, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Agorafy.com will be demonstrating its innovative online real estate platform, alongside many exciting participating real estate technology companies, at next week’s 6th Annual NYC Real Estate Expo and New York City CRE // Tech Intersect event, which are scheduled for Thursday, November 6th. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 30, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will speak at a 40th Anniversary of Home Rule for the District event, tonight, October 28, 5:30 p.m. at the John A. Wilson Building Atrium, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Norton will be joined by former and current District of Columbia mayors and councilmembers as they reminisce about the challenges to achieve Home Rule for the District of Columbia, and rally together for the work that remains to be done to achieve budget and legislative autonomy, full voting rights in Congress, and, ultimately, statehood. more »

Homeless shelter to be redeveloped, adding new units for veterans

Wednesday – October 30, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Today the Patrick Administration announced $6.23 million in funding to support the redevelopment of the New England Center for Homeless Veterans on Court Street in Boston. The announcement furthers the state’s Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness among Veterans released in March 2013. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 30, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — In late October 2012, 900-mile-wide Superstorm Sandy came ashore near Atlantic City, N.J., having already pummeled Puerto Rico and an extensive swath of the East Coast. Sandy’s strong winds, torrential rains and flooding caused 117 deaths in the United States, including 53 in New York and 34 in New Jersey, and forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes. more »

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – October 30, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Miami-Dade Police Department today arrested Carlos Cuzan, 44, for battery on a disabled adult. Acting on information from the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit’s Patient Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation (PANE) team investigated this case. According to the investigation, a co-worker witnessed Cuzan punching a victim several times in the face while employed as a medical health technician by the South Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center, a forensic hospital. The victim, who suffers from schizophrenia, was treated for a laceration to his lip. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 30, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) submitted a comment letter Wednesday to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the Bureau) concerning the Bureau’s proposed amendments to Regulation C, or the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). more »

Significant reductions noted among veterans and those living on the streets

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 30, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro today announced HUD’s latest estimate of homelessness in the U.S., noting a continued general decline and specifically among veterans and persons living on the street. HUD’s 2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress finds that there were 578,424 persons experiencing homelessness on a single night in 2014. This represents an overall 10 percent reduction and 25 percent drop in the unsheltered population since 2010, the year the Obama Administration launched Opening Doors, the nation’s first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 30, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The iconic suburban, single-family American home isn’t going anywhere – and neither are their Baby Boomer owners. Contrary to common perception, the post World War II generation will not be trading home ownership for renting, suburbs for cities, or yards and gardens for more maintenance-free living. Rather, most Boomers will age-in-place, concludes a new report by The Demand Institute, while Boomer movers will account for nearly one in every four dollars spent on housing in the next five years. more »

Report Tracks Progress on Recommendations of Sandy Task Force

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 30, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Sandy Program Management Office (PMO) today issued a report tracking progress on the Sandy Rebuilding Strategy. The report is now available online. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 30, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — As October comes to a close, Urban Compass continues to expand with a big new hire. The five-person Spiegelman-Rothman Team, formerly of Corcoran, has moved to the tech-driven brokerage.

The team, led by Howard Spiegelman and Tim Rothman, includes Sung Cho, Nicole Dayon and Adam Melnick. The team brings 13 active exclusives totaling to almost $20 million. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 30, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — As October comes to a close, Urban Compass continues to expand with a new hire. Julia Hoagland and the Modern Luxury Living Partnership, formerly of Brown Harris Stevens, have moved to the tech-driven brokerage. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 30, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently released its new contracts and subscription website, www.nahbcontracts.com. The website offers access to a variety of residential construction form contracts and documents developed by NAHB, exclusively for home builders and remodelers. It also provides some dynamic features including track changes technology and custom templates. more »

Milestone comes during year-long commemoration of 70 years of the GI Bill

WASHINGTON – October 28, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced this month that it has guaranteed 21 million home loans since the Home Loan Guaranty program was established in 1944 as part of the original Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, better known as the “GI Bill.” This achievement comes during the year-long commemoration of 70 years of the “GI Bill,” which established a wide range of benefits for Veterans returning from World War II, including low-cost home loans, education and vocational training. more »

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA – October 28, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Mercy Housing California is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony for its newest permanent supportive, affordable housing community in the Sacramento Region – Mather Veterans Village – on Thursday, October 30, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon, 3611 Bleckely Street, Rancho Cordova, California 95655 with a speakers program, turning of the dirt and luncheon. more »

 
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