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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Syracuse, NY – April 24, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Representative Dan Maffei will speak at the Cayuga County Economic Development Agency Luncheon in Auburn and host an infrastructure roundtable in Oswego tomorrow, Thursday, April 24th. more »


TRENTON – April 24, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — With the spring boom in home, landscape and gardening activities kicking up now, the Department of Environmental Protection today urged New Jersey residents to use caution when applying pesticides, and to employ only licensed commercial pesticide applicators when hiring for pest control services that include pesticide product applications. more »

Bureau Releases Guidelines for New eClosing Mortgage Pilot Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 24, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today published a report which finds that many consumers are frustrated by the short amount of time they have to review a large stack of complex closing documents when finalizing a mortgage. The Bureau also released guidelines for an upcoming eClosing pilot project to assess how electronic closings can benefit consumers as they navigate the mortgage closing process. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 24, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Thank you all for joining us today. We have convened this forum to discuss one of the most significant, yet stressful times in the lives of consumers – mortgage closing time. Mortgage closing comes after the neighborhoods have been scoured. Schools have been evaluated. Countless websites have been perused. Wish lists were made and deal breakers considered. But finally, a home has been found. An offer was made and accepted. The consumer has applied for and been approved for a mortgage – hopefully after careful shopping and thoughtful evaluation of the future. Now it is down to the final hours before the consumer can take ownership of the new home, and standing between the consumer and those keys is a mountain of paperwork. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 24, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Karen Jackson can’t wait to start hosting big Sunday family dinners at the newly remodeled Speedway Circle house where she grew up.

It’s the special place where her mother raised eight daughters. It was Jackson’s home and the family gathering spot for four decades. And it was the source of heartache when her mother inadvertently lost the home, and it then fell into disrepair. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 24, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Lawmakers and those involved in the nation’s housing industry remain frustrated by a lack of communication and guidance from the office of Mel Watt, who became director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency in January, regarding his plans for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Reuters reported April 14. more »

Online State Market Briefs Set the Bar for Information Transparency with LEED Green Building Data and Activity

Washington, D.C. – April 24, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) launched its new online data visualization resource that highlights real-time green building data for each state in the U.S. and Washington, D.C. The enhanced state market briefs — highlighting LEED projects, LEED-credentialed professionals and USGBC membership in each state — provide green building advocates and the general public a look into LEED’s impact within any U.S. state. more »

***More than 100 Collection Sites in West Virginia will be open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, for drop off***

ATLANTA, GA – April 24, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — During the Congressional Forum at the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit today, U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) underscored Drug Take Back Day as an effective means for individuals and families to help fight the epidemic of prescription drug abuse by removing from homes and communities expired, unwanted, or unused medications and controlled substances that are prone to abuse and theft. more »

APS to retain Wilson property for possible new secondary school
Sets stage for new Western Rosslyn Area Planning Study (WRAPS) process

ARLINGTON, Va. – April 24, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Officials from Arlington Public Schools (APS) and Arlington County today announced that APS has decided to retain its Wilson Boulevard property in western Rosslyn for possible redevelopment as a new secondary school. more »

Luxury Real Estate Firm Leases Space in Prime Manhattan Location

NEW YORK, NY – April 24, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Piquet Realty, a leading luxury real estate firm with offices in Miami and Orlando, known for their deep ties to the high-end Brazilian investor community, has announced the signing of a new lease at The Coates Building, located at 555 Madison Avenue. The company will utilize the space to grow their New York presence. The firm’s expansion plan includes accommodating roughly 100 agents at this location. more »

HOUSTON – April 24, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Global real estate developer Gerald D. Hines, Hugh F. Kelly, chair of the Counselors of Real Estate, and ULI healthy communities expert Rachel MacCleery will join leading economists and top talent from the world of online real estate sales to offer remarks and take questions from reporters attending the National Association of Real Estate Editors’ 48th Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference in Houston. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 24, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Against the backdrop of unusually severe winter weather, the Remodeling Market Index (RMI) declined to 53 in the first quarter of 2014, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). This reading is down from the historically high level of 57 in the two most recent quarters, but remains above the key break-even point of 50. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 24, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 14.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000 units in March, according to data released today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. more »

Former Executive Vice President, Managing Director at Douglas Elliman
To Lead Warburg’s Expansion into Brooklyn

New York – April 24, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Warburg Realty®, one of Manhattan’s leading residential real estate companies, today announced Michael Guerra has joined the firm as its Brooklyn Sales Director. In this newly created role, Guerra will be responsible for heading Warburg’s expansion into Brooklyn. more »

HACP to Open Lottery for Housing Choice Voucher Program, April 28 – May 11, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 23, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP) will help address the city’s growing demand for affordable housing by opening its Housing Choice Voucher Program to new applicants, with the goal of adding 5,000 families to its waiting list through a lottery system. Applications will be accepted online between April 28 and May 11, 2014. At the conclusion of the application period, a lottery process will determine which applicants will be placed on the HACP’s waiting list as well as the order of placement on the list. more »

National conference this May will address serious health and safety concerns in housing today

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit with a vision of a safe and healthy home for every person, is pleased to announce that the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) and the National Center for Healthy Housing and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Healthy Housing Solutions, Inc. (NCHH/Solutions), will be Platinum Supporters of the 2014 National Healthy Homes Conference in Nashville May 28-30. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 23, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — BuilderBooks, the book publishing arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently released a new publication, Sales & Marketing Checklists for Profit-Driven Home Builders. The new release is aimed at helping builders increase their visibility and reach new customers as they enter the marketplace. Sales & Marketing Checklists teaches home builders strategies to bolster their marketing efforts, and new ways to increase sales. more »

Northeast and Midwest regions seeing steepest drop in demand for design services

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 23, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Following a modest two-month recovery in the level of demand for design services, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) again turned negative last month. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI score was 48.8, down sharply from a mark of 50.7 in February. This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 57.9, up from the reading of 56.8 the previous month. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 23, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Sales of new single-family houses in March 2014 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 14.5 percent (±12.9%)* below the revised February rate of 459,000 and is 13.3 percent (±9.9%)* below the March 2013 estimate of 443,000. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 23, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) –The Justice Department announced today that the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana approved its settlement with the city of New Orleans regarding a housing discrimination lawsuit late yesterday. more »

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