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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A study prepared by Rocky Mountain Institute, Fisher Nickel, Inc. and New Buildings Institute examines the technical and financial feasibility of achieving new net zero energy restaurants in three cities: Chicago, Orlando, and Washington, DC.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 30, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Through a recently completed study, McDonald’s Corporation seeks to better understand whether it would be feasible to develop a net zero energy[i] (NZE) quick service restaurant. Exploring net zero energy continues McDonald’s tradition of energy efficiency efforts, and helps to prepare McDonald’s for future energy codes. The study’s findings, including research, technical analyses, and detailed recommendations, form a roadmap for McDonald’s to pursue future net zero energy restaurants, as well as select energy efficiency solutions for existing restaurants. more »

Acquisition of The Atrium Brings Meridian’s Development/Acquisition Total to Over 1.2 Million SF

SAN RAMON, CALIF. – January 30, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Meridian Property Company, a full service real estate developer and owner of medical real estate, is pleased to announce that it has closed escrow on the purchase of The Atrium, a 74,000-square-foot professional office building located in Alameda County at 5776 Stoneridge Mall Road in Pleasanton, California. Meridian purchased the property from Los Angeles-based Downtown Properties in an off-market transaction. Simon Vogt of Lee & Associates-East Bay in Pleasanton represented Meridian. Downtown Properties was represented by Katherine J. Kelleher of CBRE in Oakland, Calif. The sales price could not be disclosed. more »

WASHINGTON – January 29, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Tuesday reintroduced bipartisan legislation to curb youth homelessness, which affects 1.6 million teens throughout the country who are among the most likely to become victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) joined as original bill cosponsors. more »

WASHINGTON – January 29, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron: “Realtors® support responsible lending to qualified buyers, which is essential for building strong communities. The new low down payment mortgage program introduced last month by Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt will safely serve creditworthy borrowers who lack the resources for substantial downpayments plus closing costs while mitigating risk with strong underwriting. more »

LANSING – January 29, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) will begin accepting applications for the 2015 MiNeighborhood program Jan. 26 through March 27 from eligible neighborhood associations.

The MiNeighborhood program began in 2013 to support the revitalization, preservation and sustainability of vibrant and historic neighborhoods through technical assistance. MiNeighborhood communities receive significant technical assistance and training including, board training, Committee Training, Branding, Place Making, and How to Establish a Historic District, to name a few. more »

LAS VEGAS – January 29, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — HBI program graduates, Christopher Casanovas of Okeechobee Country, Fla., and Kimberly Walker from Pinellas County, Fla., were recognized for their outstanding leadership qualities and achievements in the homebuilding industry at the 2015 NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. Casanovas and Walker are proficient in their trades and have exhibited exemplary skills that distinguish them as role models for their construction training programs and potential industry leaders in the future. Casanovas and Walker received their awards during presentations yesterday. more »

WASHINGTON – January 29, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Most homeowners know it is important to keep a home clean, bright and free from clutter while it is on the market for sale. But sometimes, Realtors® say, taking the extra step to stage a home can make a difference in how a buyer values it and the price a seller might get for it, according to the National Association of Realtors® 2015 Profile of Home Staging. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 28, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) today introduced the Homeless Children and Youth Act, a bill to expand the definition of homelessness used by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The change would allow more than 1 million homeless children and families nationwide to access federal housing assistance programs. more »

“Atwater: Stress tests may instill confidence in insurance”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 28, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Florida’s top financial officer said Tuesday that creating a “stress test” will help instill public confidence in the smaller insurers that have come to dominate Florida’s property insurance market. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 28, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) will introduce the Pay Back the Taxpayers Act of 2015, legislation that prohibits Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (GSEs) from diverting funds to the Housing Trust Fund and the Capital Magnet Fund in accordance with the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) interpretation of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA): more »

BOCA RATON, Fla. – January 28, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The National Association of Real Estate Editors has issued a call for entries for NAREE’s 65th Annual Journalism Competition. Twenty-five categories will recognize excellence in digital, print and broadcast journalism. more »

VA Leaders Join Community Partners and Volunteers in Nation-wide Homeless Count

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 28, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald is taking a firsthand look at the issue of homelessness among Veterans by participating in this year’s Point-in-Time (PIT) Count in Los Angeles, California. The PIT Count typically takes place in locations around the country during the month of January. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 28, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Please take a few minutes to reach out to your legislators by phone, email, or social media and ask them to co-sponsor HD3173, AN ACT RELATIVE TO HOUSING PRODUCTION. The bill will provide Massachusetts with the tools necessary to help all residents in the Commonwealth have a safe, decent, and affordable place to call home. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 28, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) delivered the following opening statement at today’s full committee hearing with Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt:

As Yogi Berra once famously said, “It’s dĂ©jĂ  vu all over again.” Memories are clearly short among Washington’s ruling class because they are repeating the same mistakes that caused the 2008 financial crisis in the first place. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 28, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The National Housing Conference applauds President Obama’s choice to highlight housing issues in his speeches leading up to the State of the Union address and in connecting to those same themes in the address itself. Getting housing policy right is essential to keeping our economy on a path of recovery coming out of the great recession and to ensuring that all in America can achieve a brighter future. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 28, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Texas and North Dakota Have Largest 12-Month Gains, West Virginia and Arizona Have Biggest Annual Declines; New York and Montana Top Monthly Rankings, California and Vermont Shed Most Jobs in December

Construction firms added jobs in 40 states and the District of Columbia between December 2013 and December 2014 while construction employment increased in 38 states and D.C. between November and December, according to an analysis today of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that construction employment gains are consistent with the general optimism most contractors expressed in the association’s recently release Construction Hiring and Business Outlook. more »

COLUMBIA, S.C. – January 28, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — South Carolina REALTORS® (SCR) today released its 2014 Year-End Statewide Market Report and video.

The data reveal 2014 was another recovery year for housing. Metrics like sales price and new listings showed improvement, while inventory fell short. Price tiers, market segments and overwhelmingly encouraging data sets a positive tone for 2015. Moderate inventory losses created some urgency in the marketplace as days on market dropped, percent list price received improved and prices were up. more »

MELVILLE, N.Y., – January 28, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Cushman & Wakefield’s Long Island office has added two more commercial real estate professionals to its rapidly growing roster.

Tim Heck has joined as a research analyst and Matthew Avelar joins the brokerage team as an associate.
Heck, who formerly served as analyst for Carlstadt, N.J.-based H&H Realty, a residential real estate firm, now develops analysis and reports on the area’s commercial real estate market and local economy for Cushman & Wakefield. more »

PHOENIX, Ariz., – January 28, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — – Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit that helps improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners, will team up with Lowe’s to provide critical home repairs and help revitalize Phoenix’s Fillmore neighborhood for the 20th annual Kickoff to Rebuild, a Super Bowl XLIX-sanctioned event. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 27, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 11.6 percent in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 481,000 units, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. more »

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