FHA EXTENDS FORECLOSURE RELIEF FOR HOMEOWNERS IMPACTED BY RECENT HURRICANES

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is extending its initial 90-day foreclosure moratorium for FHA-insured homeowners impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria for an additional 90 days due to the extensive damage and continuing needs in hard-hit areas. Read FHA's letter to lenders, servicers and counseling agencies.
NAHB

NAHB Announces Best of 55+ Housing Awards Finalists

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has announced the finalists for its 2018 Best of 55+ Housing Awards, the premier design and marketing competition for the 55+ housing industry. A total of 111 entries were chosen as finalists and are eligible for either a gold or silver award from NAHB's 55+ Housing Industry Council. Those winners will be announced on Jan. 9, 2018, during the NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla.
Ginnie Mae

Ginnie Mae Breaks Annual Issuance Record in FY17

Ginnie Mae announced that its mortgage back securities (MBS) issuance totaled $504.58 billion for FY17, which is an all-time annual issuance record. Issuance in FY16 totaled $466.6 billion.
MBA

Multifamily Lending Up 8 Percent in 2016

ultifamily lending was up 8 percent year over year in 2016, with nearly three thousand different multifamily lenders providing a total of $269.2 billion in new mortgages for apartment buildings with five or more units, according to a new report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA).
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The Muller Company Partners with Cerberus Capital Management to Recapitalize Office Portfolio in Orange...

The Muller Company, a full-service real estate company specializing in the investment, development and management of commercial real estate in the western United States, announced today the formation of a joint venture with an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. (“Cerberus”), a global leader in alternative investing, for the recapitalization of the firm’s three-property, 841,036-square-foot office portfolio in Orange County, California
AGC

EPA DECISION TO DISCOURAGE “SUE AND SETTLE” TACTICS PROMISES TO INCREASE INTEGRITY OF FEDERAL...

The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, and the President of the Association, Art Daniel, released the following statement in reaction to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s announcement that the agency will no longer negotiate new regulatory requirements with specials interest groups that file “citizen suites” hoping to negotiate settlements that will tie the agency’s hands
Mercy Housing

MERCY LOAN FUND RATING INCREASED TO AA+

Aeris has upgraded Mercy Loan Fund (MLF) from AA to AA+ on the standard Wall Street scale, putting MLF in the top 15% of rated Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI). MLF’s rating has increased three levels in the past two years. Aeris Financial Ratings asses capitalization, asset quality, management, earnings, and liquidity to evaluate the financial strength of CDFIs.
ABC National

ABC Urges House to Act Quickly After Senate Passes Budget, Preserving Path for Tax...

Michael D. Bellaman, president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), today issued the following statement on the passage of a budget by the U.S. Senate. “This important step by the Senate keeps the process on track to produce once-in-a-generation tax reform.
ULI

Mayors of Columbus, Richmond, Salt Lake City and Tucson Selected as 2018 Class of...

The National League of Cities (NLC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) today announced that mayors from four cities—Columbus, Ohio; Richmond, Virginia; Salt Lake City, Utah and Tucson, Arizona—have been selected as the 2018 class of Daniel Rose Land Use Fellows by the Rose Center for Public Leadership. Mayors Andrew Ginther, Levar Stoney, Jackie Biskupski and Jonathan Rothschild will lead teams from their respective cities who will receive technical assistance on a local land use challenge from NLC, ULI and their peers from the other fellowship cities.
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ABC Announces Promotion of Téa Gennaro to Chief Financial Officer

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) announced the promotion of Téa Gennaro to Chief Financial Officer (CFO). She will be responsible for managing and directing the accounting, finance and facilities functions at ABC and its affiliated organizations—the ABC Political Action Committee, ABC Retirement and Savings Plan, Construction Legal Rights Foundation, Trimmer Construction Education Foundation and ABC Services Corp.
The White House

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Leonard Wolfson to the Department of...

If confirmed, Leonard Wolfson of Connecticut will serve as Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Mr. Wolfson has served as Associate Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the Mortgage Bankers Association, where he helped the real estate finance industry recover from the financial crisis by advocating for a return to safe and sustainable lending.
HUD AND CENSUS BUREAU REPORT

HUD AND CENSUS BUREAU REPORT RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY IN AUGUST 2017

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau jointly announced the following new residential construction statistics for September 2017. Building Permits: Privately owned housing units authorized by building permits in September were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,215,000.
NAR

Existing-Home Sales Inch 0.7 Percent Higher in September

After three straight monthly declines, existing-home sales slightly reversed course in September, but ongoing supply shortages and recent hurricanes muted overall activity and caused sales to fall back on an annual basis, according to the National Association of Realtors®
MBA

Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications increased 3.6 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending October 13, 2017. This week's results included an adjustment for the Columbus Day holiday.
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Meridian Buys Medical Office Building in Laguna Hills, Calif.

Meridian, a full-service real estate developer and owner of medical real estate, is pleased to announce that the firm has closed escrow on the purchase of The Laguna, a 57,057-square-foot medical office building in Orange County, California. This acquisition expands Meridian’s footprint in Southern California coming on the heels of last year’s purchase of Cotton Medical Center, a 115,000-square-foot, $49 million medical office complex in Pasadena, California, adjacent to the recently completed Shriners Hospitals for Children and near the Huntington Memorial Hospital.

Enhancements to Green Lease Leaders Raise the Building Efficiency Bar

Green Lease Leaders introduces new recognition criteria, website, and helpful resources to better shine a spotlight on innovative landlords and tenants who incorporate efficiency and sustainability into their leases and corporate best practices.
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Hanley Investment Group Negotiates Sale of Single-Tenant Circle K in Phoenix

Hanley Investment Group Real Estate Advisors, a nationally-recognized real estate brokerage and advisory firm specializing in retail property sales, announced today that Executive Vice President Jeremy McChesney has completed the sale of a single-tenant net-leased retail property occupied by Circle K at 5850 W. Indian School Road in Phoenix, Arizona. The purchase price was $1,300,000, which represented a cap rate of 4.62 percent, the lowest recorded closing cap for a Circle K in the U.S. in 2017, according to CoStar.
NAHB

Hurricanes Push Down Housing Production in September

 Nationwide housing starts fell 4.7 percent in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.13 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. Nationwide single-family production fell 4.6 percent to 829,000 units due to a 15.3 percent decline in the hurricane-ravaged South. All other regions posted gains in the single-family sector, and nationwide single-family permits increased 2.4 percent
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Warner Pacific Properties Announces Grand Opening of T.J.Maxx/HomeGoods Combo Store at Monrovia Landing

Warner Pacific Properties, a real estate investment and development company, announced today the opening of a new T.J.Maxx/HomeGoods combo store at the newly repositioned Monrovia Landing at 735 and 737 E. Huntington Drive (Historic Route 66) and S. Shamrock Avenue, in the City of Monrovia, California. The new store will celebrate its grand opening on Sunday, October 22nd, at 8:00 a.m.
NAR

70 Percent of Realtors® Self-Initiated Real Estate Career, Identify People Skills as Most Important

The majority of Realtors® self-initiated their career in real estate and identify strong people skills as the most important trait to be a successful agent, according to the National Association of Realtors® new research report, Choosing a Career in Real Estate: A Perspective on Gender, Race and Ethnicity
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The Boulder Group Arranges Sale of Net Lease Cricket Wireless Property

The Boulder Group, a net leased investment brokerage firm, has completed the sale of a single tenant net lease Cricket Wireless property located at 1705 Alma Avenue in Perryville, Missouri for $610,000.
Appraisal Institute

Don’t Like Your Home’s Appraisal? Here’s What You Can Do

If consumers are unhappy with the appraisal of a home they’re buying or selling, they have options available to them, the president of the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers said today.
USGBC

GBCI Announces 2017 LEED Fellows

Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI) has announced its 2017 class of LEED Fellows, an annual recognition of outstanding LEED professionals. This year’s 23 LEED Fellows exemplify a diverse array of achievements and contributions to the green building community and LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the world’s most widely used green building rating system.
NACWA

NACWA, White House Officials Discuss Infrastructure Package

NACWA held a private meeting with senior White House officials on October 12 to discuss the contours of the Administration’s planned infrastructure package, including opportunities for public clean water utilities.  This followed a broader water sector meeting, hosted by the White House on October 10, in which a number of NACWA utility members participated.
NAHB

Builder Confidence Rises Four Points in October

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes rose four points to a level of 68 in October on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). This was the highest reading since May.
Habitat

Habitat for Humanity to aid more than 6,000 families in Texas, Florida and Puerto...

Habitat for Humanity is commencing the long-term phase of its Habitat Hammers Backhurricane recovery initiative, pledging to help more than 6,000 families across regions impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
BOMA

BOMA INTERNATIONAL RELEASES NEW OFFICE MEASUREMENT STANDARD

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has released the latest update to its floor measurement standard for office buildings, BOMA 2017 For Office Buildings: Standard Methods of Measurement (ANSI/BOMA Z65.1—2017). This updated publication is designed to reflect changes within the commercial real estate industry since the release of the prior edition of the standard in 2010.
NeighborWorks America

NeighborWorks America trains community leaders and honors local heroes

On Oct. 13, NeighborWorks America presented six individuals with its annual Dorothy Richardson Award for Resident Leadership. The award recognizes outstanding contributions by community leaders. The recognition occurred during the NeighborWorks Community Leadership Institute, which strengthens the skills of residents and provides seed grants to help them execute action plans when they return home.
NLIHC

New Report Shows That the Mortgage Interest Deduction is One of the Drivers of...

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) and the Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP) at Brandeis University’s Heller School released today a report, “Misdirected Investments: How the Mortgage Interest Deduction Drives Inequality and the Racial Wealth Gap.” The report shows that while African Americans and Hispanics each account for 13% of the nation’s households, they receive only 6% and 7% of the tax benefits from the mortgage interest deduction (MID). White households receive nearly 78% of the deduction’s benefits.
ABC National

ABC CEO Mike Bellaman Appointed to Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion for all Americans

Michael D. Bellaman, president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), has been appointed by U.S. Department of Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta  to the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, created by President Trump’s June 15 Executive Order 13801.

Editors’ Picks

Norton Reelected as Top Democrat on Highways and Transit Subcommittee

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) was elected by her fellow Democrats on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to return as the Ranking Member of its Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.

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DHS And Partners Convene First Election Infrastructure Coordinating Council

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) joined the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), and state and local election officials from around the country today to convene the first Government Coordinating Council (GCC) for the Election Infrastructure Subsector. Today’s meeting is part of the department’s ongoing work with state and local officials as we build trusted relationships to help keep the nation’s election systems secure.

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FHA EXTENDS FORECLOSURE RELIEF FOR HOMEOWNERS IMPACTED BY RECENT HURRICANES

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is extending its initial 90-day foreclosure moratorium for FHA-insured homeowners impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria for an additional 90 days due to the extensive damage and continuing needs in hard-hit areas. Read FHA's letter to lenders, servicers and counseling agencies.