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Rebuilding Together — a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing that provides low-income homeowners with critical home repairs — will join together with its affiliate, Rebuilding Together St. Louis, to lead its fifth annual Building a Healthy Neighborhood community revitalization project.
The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Home Loan Servicing Solutions Ltd. (HLSS) for making material misstatements about its handling of related party transactions and the value of its primary asset and for having inadequate internal accounting controls
A Grand Rapids Public Schools junior’s painting depicting the benefits and beauty of energy efficiency has earned her a $1,000 college scholarship and prominent display of her winning creation in downtown Grand Rapids as ArtPrize heads into its final week
Dr. Daniel Laird will join the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory on Oct. 12 as director of the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), the country's premier wind energy technology research facility.
Although some infrastructure projects may appear to have a high initial price tag, evaluating the long-term maintenance costs can provide safeguards to future federal budgets.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reached out to NMHC on September 30 seeking assistance in contacting our member companies that use the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Program. Specifically, ENERGY STAR and WaterSense are working together to develop the first 1-100 score for water efficiency for multifamily buildings. EPA is looking for industry’s feedback on usage for this rating.
Second quarter 2015 data from eight national banks showed first-lien mortgages continued to improve from a year ago, according to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) quarterly report on mortgage performance.
The first workshop will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 21 and the second workshop will be held on Thursday, Nov. 5. Both sessions will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lawrence campus of the North Essex Community College, 360 Merrimack Street, Riverwalk Building, Lawrence, MA 01840.
The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron in advance of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Know Before You Owe TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure, or TRID, going into effect tomorrow, October 3
Today, as the U.S. Department of Energy prepares to kick off October’s National Energy Action Month, the department announced that manufacturers in its Better Buildings, Better Plants Program (Better Plants) have racked up an estimated $2.4 billion in cumulative energy cost savings over the last five years. Across America, manufacturers spend more than $200 billion each year to power their plants.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers named Greg Rehm, CGR, CAPS, CGP, owner of Liberty Hill Construction in Bedford, N.H., the 2015 NAHB Remodeler of the Year in recognition of his professional remodeling achievements. The announcement was made at the NAHB Remodelers’ awards presentation on Oct. 1 during the Remodeling Show in Chicago.
BRIDGE Housing is launching a new Community Development Initiative to integrate holistic community development practices into how it plans, implements and manages affordable housing.
First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF), a leading provider of title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions, today announced the newly expanded ability to license its comprehensive real estate data that spans 99.9 percent of U.S. housing stock and includes more than 5.5 billion recorded document images. Companies and organizations in real estate finance or other industries that require assessor, county recorder, property valuation, foreclosure and other derived data, can now license this data from First American.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making available the Illinois River Watershed Modeling Program which resulted from several years of collaboration with local stakeholders, states and tribes in both Ark. and Okla. The Modeling Program will assist in the development of water pollution controls needed to meet water quality standards throughout the watershed and relies on two highly specialized computer models
Authorization for the revenue stream for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) expired last night at the end of Fiscal Year 2015. That financing – diverted from a small portion of offshore drilling receipts – will no longer be deposited into a trust fund that Congress intended to protect America’s treasures when it established the program in 1964.
This evening, despite insistent calls to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), Republicans in the Senate blocked last-minute legislation that would extend the authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund by 60 days, preventing a lapse in the program. This short-term extension was proposed in an expedited procedural process and would have allowed for additional time to find an agreement on a long-term authorization of LWCF
Despite insistent calls from both sides of the aisle to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), Republican leadership in the House and Senate will allow the program to expire at midnight tonight. U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) decried the fact that Congressional leadership allowed an important conservation program for New Hampshire to sunset.
Senator Ron Wyden today announced that Oregon has received a $3 million federal grant to reduce fire risks to more than 2,200 homes in parts of Crook, Deschutes and Klamath counties that are adjacent to forests.<
The National Institute of Building Sciences is still accepting written testimony for the Representative Hearing on Productivity and the Workforce, held this past Friday, September 25, at the Institute’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. A total of nine speakers representing a broad group of industry organizations testified at the hearing. Industry representatives and media also participated.
At this point, WSSC does not anticipate any impact on the quality of the water it draws from the Potomac River as the result of a synthetic latex spill into the North Branch of the river that occurred near Luke, Md., last Wednesday, September 23. The recent heavy rains are expected to dramatically dilute the chemical, as well as speed its travel down the river.
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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