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Seven new developments—and one historic restoration—will create or renovate 575 affordable apartments across the state, thanks to more than $105 million in financing approved yesterday by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission.
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is encouraging the commercial real estate industry to participate in the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Earth Hour 2015. To take part in the annual initiative, WWF asks individuals, businesses, organizations and governments around the world to turn off all non-essential lighting for one hour at 8:30pm local time on Saturday, March 28, 2015. The aim of Earth Hour is to visibly demonstrate a dedication to creating a sustainable future for the planet, and it provides commercial building owners and managers a prime opportunity to showcase their commitment to energy conservation
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today applauded Senate passage of energy efficiency legislation from Sen. Portman, R-Ohio, and Sen. Shaheen, D-N.H. The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 would promote increased energy efficiency for grid enabled water heaters and in buildings
Mayor Sandy Stimpson traveled this week to Washington, D.C., where he joined Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew and other Senior White House and Administration officials in a roundtable conversation about infrastructure investment as part of the President's Build America Investment Initiative.
"If there is one thing lawmakers from both sides of the aisle can agree upon, it’s that energy efficiency is a good thing. It’s good for our economy, good for consumers and businesses and good for our environment. Working until the early hours of the morning, the Senate today unanimously passed S. 535, a small but important package projected to yield roughly $4.6 billion in annual energy savings by 2030, all while creating new jobs and significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Notably, these benefits will be realized with little cost to taxpayers and no government mandates
“We warmly welcome the announcement by the Government of Mexico on new greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. The commitment Mexico has made today sends a strong signal of Mexico’s determination to do its share in helping the world reduce emissions globally; it stands as an example for countries around the world to follow as they undertake ambitious goals to combat climate change as we all prepare for the upcoming COP21 meetings in Paris this December
The performance of first-lien mortgages serviced by eight national banks improved in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) quarterly report on mortgage performance.
Bradley Gillis, CCIM, Senior Advisor with Sperry Van Ness – Miller Commercial Real Estate facilitated the deal for Rise Up Coffee Roasters to purchase the Viva Espresso located at 105A East College Avenue in Salisbury, MD. Viva Espresso owners Chuck and Nancy Dix are retiring but stated, “We thank all of our loyal customers, especially our daily patrons, for their support of us and our products
Habitat for Humanity International named 14 “Affiliates of Distinction” for their achievements in serving the affordable housing needs of their local communities during Habitat’s biennial U.S. Affiliate Conference.
An idea that has the opportunity to bring greater efficiency and transparency to international real estate transactions is coming full circle, back to its roots in Washington, DC. The concept for the International Property Measurement Standards (IPMS) was envisioned in a set of meetings held in Washington, DC in 2013. For two years, a coalition of 61 professional and not-for-profit organizations has been working to create standard methodologies for measuring real estate
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released yesterday a working draft of a proposal to rein in abusive consumer lending schemes such as payday, auto title, and installment lending. The draft, presented at a field hearing in Richmond, VA, would require lenders to verify before making a loan that borrowers can pay it back in full and on time, without re-borrowing, and still cover their basic necessities such as rent, food, and utilities.
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH-04) today introduced the “Second Amendment Enforcement Act of 2015,” legislation to restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia.
Peoples’ Self-Help Housing will be holding a lottery drawing April 16 for applicants wishing to live in the all-new Casas de las Flores affordable housing complex, which will open September 2015 in Carpinteria with 43 town house-style apartments
David H. Stevens, President and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), issued the following statement on the transition of Ed Golding to be Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
The Office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) today have introduced the National Rifle Association (NRA)-backed District of Columbia gun bill that forced Norton to pull the D.C. House Voting Rights Act from the House floor in April 2010.
Earlier this week, HUD Secretary Julián Castro announced HUD's proposed regulation implementing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization of 2013 (VAWA 2013). VAWA prohibits the denial or termination of housing assistance on the basis that an applicant or tenant is a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, regardless of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age. VAWA 2013 expands these protections beyond HUD's public housing and Section 8 programs to include all HUD housing, USDA rural housing, and Housing Credit properties
The National Low Income Housing Coalition and the United for Homes Campaign applaud Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) for his Common Sense Housing Investment Act of 2015, H.R. 1662, which he introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives today
The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron in response to leadership changes at the Federal Housing Administration
zipLogix, a technology company helping real estate professionals improve productivity and efficiency, has formed a partnership with Realtors Property Resource® (RPR®). REALTORS® will have faster, fully integrated access directly from RPR to zipForm, for the most authoritative forms collection available, and will also be able to produce RPR’s acclaimed reports directly from zipForm to work even more efficiently with their clients. zipLogix Chairman of the Board Mark Peterson made the announcement
Tom Woods, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder from Blue Springs, Mo., today issued the following statement on Ed Golding being named the principal deputy assistant secretary for housing at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development:
ERC and NCLR Investigation Uncovers Housing Discrimination against Latinos in Three Major Metropolitan Areas

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. Sotheby’s Homes  Fisher Investments on Crunchbase and ALLRMC.COM more »

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