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The United States Department of Agriculture/Rural Development and Northern Marianas Housing Corporation have announced the availability of temporary loan repayment moratoriums for USDA/RD and NMHC/U.S. Housing and Urban Development loans for borrowers affected by Typhoon Soudelor.
Tom Woods, Chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder from Blue Springs, Mo., issued the following statement concerning the recent District court rulings in North Dakota, West Virginia and Georgia on the Environmental Protection Agency's rule defining the "waters of the United States" as found in the Clean Water Act
With Tropical Storm Erika strengthening in the Atlantic, potentially on track to hit Florida, the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) encourages residents in the southeast to listen to their emergency officials and prepare for severe weather. Although the storm’s path is uncertain, forecasters are warning residents to get prepared for heavy rain bands
Local elected officials and honored guests cut the ribbon Wednesday, Aug. 19, at the groundbreaking for Peoples’ Self-Help Housing’s $18 million renovation project at the Villa la Esperanza Apartments. From left, PSHH Board Member Vito Gioiello; Sherie Bratt of Goleta Presbyterian Church and the original Goleta Valley Housing Committee; District Representative Liora Goodman, Office of State Senator Hannah Beth Jackson; District Supervisor Assistant Hilary Campbell, Office of Santa Barbara County 2nd District Supervisor Janet Wolf
The Boulder Group, a net leased investment brokerage firm, has completed the sale of a single tenant net leased Jiffy Lube portfolio consisting of seven properties located throughout the Indianapolis MSA for $6,620,553
A federal judge has blocked the Obama administration's controversial rule defining the scope of Clean Water Act protections from going into effect August 28, 2015. The Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule has been challenged in multiple courts across the country.
Pending home sales were mostly unchanged in July, but rose modestly for the sixth time in seven months, according to the National Association of Realtors. The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, marginally increased 0.5 percent to 110.9 in July from an upwardly revised 110.4 in June and is now 7.4 percent above July 2014 (103.3).
First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF), a leading global provider of title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions, today released the First American Loan Application Defect Index for July 2015, which estimates the frequency of defects in the information submitted in mortgage loan applications.
The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) and Palm Harbor Homes announced today Palm Harbor’s manufacturing facility in Plant City, Florida has earned a FORTIFIED Home™ – Hurricane manufacturing plant certification to construct and deliver the first-ever FORTIFIED Home labeled and disaster resistant modular homes in hurricane-prone regions.
For many seasonal cottage owners, Labor Day marks the closing of these vacation homes for the winter. Consumers Energy is offering energy-saving and safety tips to help ensure cottages stay safe during colder weather
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) inspectors continue to examine property damage as part of the FEMA process that brings assistance to Saipan, CNMI residents who have registered with FEMA in the wake of Typhoon Soudelor
With National Preparedness Month set to begin September 1, the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) says this is the perfect time to contact your insurance agent or company and make sure you are properly covered for all natural disasters
In the most comprehensive analysis of electricity reliability trends in the United States, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Stanford University have found that, while, on average, the frequency of power outages has not changed in recent years, the total number of minutes customers are without power each year has been increasing over time
MBA Welcomes 28 New Members
The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) announced that in June and July it welcomed 28 new regular members to its ranks, which currently numbers more than 2,200 member companies
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) released the following statement in response to today’s National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) joint employer ruling in the Browning-Ferris Industries of California case.
CEDIA has announced finalists for the Home Technology Professional Awards competition which honors the best projects completed by home technology professional members in the past year. The finalists in individual project categories include three projects in the media room category, two projects in innovative solution, nine projects in integrated home, and six projects in best home theater.
RE/MAX, a global franchisor of real estate brokerage services (NYSE: RMAX), is launching a consumer app for the Apple Watch. Now available in the Apple App Store, RE/MAX Real Estate Search offers location-based search capabilities with scrollable for-sale listing details and agent contact links
Ginnie Mae and the Japan Housing Finance Agency (JHFA) will hold the first Housing Finance and Capital Markets Roundtable at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The roundtable is part of the partnership between Ginnie Mae and JHFA, which was formalized by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in January 2014.
Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today released the results of itsPrimary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates falling to their lowest levels since May of this year amid substantial and ongoing global volatility out of China.
In an effort to protect children and families from potentially dangerous lead-based paint and other health and safety hazards, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded over $101 million to 32 city, county and state governments. The grant funding announced will reduce the number of lead-poisoned children and protect families by targeting health hazards in over 6,000 low-income homes with significant lead and/or other home health and safety hazards (see chart below).Read a summary of each of the grants announced today.
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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