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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Rocky Hill, Conn., – December 19, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Mr. Eric Chatman has resigned as Executive Director-President of the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority in order to pursue other interests. Mr. Chatman provided three months’ notice in order to facilitate the transition of the Executive Director duties and his last day of employment will be March 21, 2015. The Authority wishes Mr. Chatman well in his future endeavors.
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CHICAGO – December 19, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Canadian Real Estate Association, in cooperation with the National Association of Realtors®, has secured the rights to the .MLS top-level domain. CREA has registered Canadian certification marks for the letters MLS and the term “multiple listing service” in Canada and is the exclusive licensee of the Realtor® mark in Canada. more »

CAMBRIDGE, MA – December 19, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and David T. Ellwood, Dean of the Harvard Kennedy School, announced today that Dr. Christopher E. Herbert has been appointed Managing Director of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, effective January 1, 2015.  In making this announcement, the Deans noted that Herbert is a nationally recognized scholar and researcher with great depth of experience in housing analysis and public policy. more »

In accordance with the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, HUD published a Notice in the Dec. 19, 2014, Federal Register identifying Federal buildings and other real property HUD has reviewed for suitability for use to assist the homeless. The properties were reviewed using information provided to HUD by Federal landholding agencies or by GSA regarding their inventories of excess or surplus property. The list includes buildings and properties in Arizona, Nevada, Texas, and Washington.

Properties listed as suitable/available will be available exclusively for homeless use for a period of 60 days from the date of this Notice. Where property is described as for “off-site use only,” recipients of the property will be required to relocate the building to their own site at their own expense. Homeless assistance providers interested in any such property should send a written expression of interest to Juanita Perry, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 7266, Washington, DC 20410; telephone (202) 402-3970; TTY number for the hearing- and speech-impaired (202) 708-2565 (these telephone numbers are not toll-free), or call the toll-free Title V information line at 800-927-7588.

To view the complete list of properties available in the HUD announcement published in the Dec. 19, 2014, Federal Register, and for contact information regarding those properties, click here.

Texas and North Dakota Have Largest 12-Month Gains, West Virginia and New Jersey Have Biggest Declines; Vermont and California Top Monthly Rankings, W.Va. and New York Shed Most Jobs in November

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 19, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Construction firms added jobs in 38 states and the District of Columbia between November 2013 and November 2014 while construction employment increased in 26 states and D.C. between October and November, according to an analysis today of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that the list of states gaining jobs has varied significantly from month to month as the market remains extremely variable. more »

Treasurer highlights more than $224,000 owed to charities; urges everyone to search patreasury.gov for funds that can help those who help others

Harrisburg – December 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — More than $224,000 in unclaimed property is owed to food banks, shelters, missions and other charitable organizations throughout the commonwealth, including Goodwill Industries and the Salvation Army, State Treasurer Rob McCord reported today. The treasurer and his Return Team urged these groups and others like it to search patreasury.gov to find out if Treasury holds property belonging to them. more »

Salem, OR – December 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Governor Kitzhaber and Oregon Housing and Community Services are pleased to announce the awarding of funds to build or preserve 14 apartment complexes across Oregon, providing critical housing to low-income Oregonians. The State Housing Council on Friday approved grants and tax credits across Oregon – from St. Helens to Medford, and from Hillsboro to Prineville to LaGrande. more »

Sandy victims to benefit from federal tax break, home buyouts

SAYREVILLE, NJ – December 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — A day after the United States Senate approved a one-year extension of a series of tax breaks, Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker today met with Sayreville homeowners to discuss the important of extension of mortgage debt reduction tax relief, especially for Sandy victims still struggling to recover. They also announced more than $3 million in federal funding to continue the acquisition and demolition of 196 flood prone properties in Sayreville. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — When the number of solar residential permit applications jumped from “a few here and there” to 4,000 in one year, Los Angeles Chief of Green Building Osama Younan knew he had to do something to get more of the city’s residential building inspectors prepared with the right knowledge to meet that demand. That’s when he approached IREC and asked for help. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today praised the Senate’s vote to extend the 179D energy efficient commercial building tax deduction just prior to adjourning for the year. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently named Richard DeBlasio, Sarah Kurtz and Suhuai Wei to its Research Fellows Council, the laboratory’s top advisory council, comprised of internationally recognized NREL scientists and engineers. more »

KANSAS CITY, MO – December 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Congressman Cleaver is pleased to announce that yesterday, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) unveiled their intent to allow Southwest Airlines to permanently operate a route from Kansas City International Airport (MCI) to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). The airline had previously been running a daily nonstop flight between the two cities on a temporary basis, since February 1, 2014. Frontier Airlines had previously operated this route before its sale in January. more »

DALLAS – December 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — In 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) worked with companies that violated environmental laws to bring more than $1.8 million in benefits to communities in Louisiana, Texas, and New Mexico. These benefits came from supplemental environmental projects, or SEPs, as part of settlement agreements with companies. SEPs contribute to EPA’s goals of protecting public health and making a difference in local communities. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — On Thanksgiving, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the formation of the Mayor’s Task Force on Individual Homelessness, a group charged with examining Boston’s current shelter system and available support services, and outlining a strategy that will put homeless individuals on a path to permanent housing. Today, Mayor Walsh shared the details of this task force, as well as a list of participating members. more »

Springfield, MA – December 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Incoming Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Jay Ash, visited Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno today. Sitting in the meeting with the Mayor: Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy, City Solicitor Ed Pikula and MassMutual Vice President of Community Responsibility Nicholas A. Fyntrilakis. Incoming Secretary Ash was interested in visiting Springfield and introducing himself to Mayor Sarno as well as hearing first hand where the Baker Administration can be of assistance in spurring Springfield’s renaissance. more »

Low housing affordability and short home supply remain hurdles for home buyers

LOS ANGELES – December 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Slower price gains and the lowest interest rates in nearly two years did little to spur November home sales as low housing affordability and tight supply conditions remained obstacles to entering the market for would-be buyers, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today. more »

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Where: David Douglas High School, 1001 SE 135th Ave, Portland, OR 9723

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Hacienda is pleased to host the upcoming Home Retention Fair! The Fair is a great opportunity for any families worried about the possibility of losing their home to get free information and advice from Hacienda’s certified housing counselors. Learn more about the Home Retention Fair below, and please share this information with any friends or family who may be in need of assistance with their home! Please also feel free to hang a copy of the attached flyer in your place of business. more »

Tax Credits Will Allow Community Partners to Solicit Additional Support for their Organizations

WORCESTER – December 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Thursday, December 18, 2014 – Continuing the Patrick Administration’s commitment to encourage new economic opportunities for low- and middle-income households throughout Massachusetts, Department of Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein today announced over $5 million in Community Investment Tax Credits to 44 community organizations across the Commonwealth. more »

A Statement From Alliance’s Director Of Government Relations Liz Tate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — “A final push to send energy efficiency legislation to the President’s Desk during the last hours of the 113th Congress proves that efficiency remains a top priority for lawmakers and sets the stage for continued action in the coming year. H.R.2126, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2014, had broad bipartisan support but failed to pass by unanimous consent, due to an unexplained objection by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.). more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron:

“The package of tax extensions approved by the U.S. House and Senate, and headed to the President’s desk for signature, includes important provisions that will help distressed homeowners and commercial property investors with transactions made during 2014. NAR applauds Congressional leaders in both chambers for their effort to pass this legislation before adjournment. more »

 
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