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HOUSTON NEW HOME SALES ARE UP, DAYS ON MARKET REMAINS UNCHANGED

New home sales in the Houston area are up nearly 12% in the last 12 months, as the pace of new home sales in Houston remained relatively flat in April, according to the HomesUSA.com New Homes Sales Index released today. The number of Days on Market for new homes sold in Houston was stable in April, indicating a continued steady new home sales pace.
Dueker, Scott

CONIFER WELCOMES NEW DEVELOPMENT DESIGN DIRECTOR

Conifer Realty, LLC announced that Scott Dueker has joined the Company to further develop their growing portfolio. Scott Dueker is joining the Development Team with over 20 years of architecture experience
AWWA

AWWA testifies on potential improvements to Safe Drinking Water Act

In a U.S. House subcommittee hearing today, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) testified that updates to the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) are overdue and necessary to assist communities with water infrastructure and compliance challenges.
EPA

EPA Awards Multi-Million Dollar Grant to North Carolina to Protect Water Quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $2,652,592 to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) to help protect human health and the environment. The amount is part of a Clean Water Act Section 106 grant, which is given to states to implement environmental programs. The grant will go toward NCDEQ’s administration of environmental management programs that monitor and control water pollution
AWEA

Tristan Grimbert of EDF Renewable Energy elected to chair AWEA board as WINDPOWER 2017...

The Board of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) elected Tristan Grimbert of EDF Renewable Energy its chair today as thousands of developers, manufacturers, and suppliers headed to the largest gathering of the wind energy industry in the Western Hemisphere.
HUD

HUD REACHES AGREEMENT WITH CALIFORNIA LANDLORDS ACCUSED OF DISCRIMINATING AGAINST HISPANIC FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it reached an agreement with the owner and manager of a California apartment complex, resolving allegations they discriminated against tenants because of their national origin and familial status. Two related complaints filed with HUD alleged that the manager of the Four Palms Apartments in Mountain View, California, made discriminatory statements about Latino residents and prohibited their children from playing outside.
NBI

International Living Future Institute and New Buildings Institute Partner to Accelerate the Zero Energy...

The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) and New Buildings Institute (NBI) today announced a partnership that will streamline and strengthen the tracking and certification of zero energy (ZE) buildings in order to drive broader market adoption, codification and standardization of ZE technologies in everyday buildings.
NAIOP

Spotlight Your CRE Achievements: 2017 Developing Leaders Awar

pplications are being accepted for NAIOP’s 2017 Developing Leaders Award. This prestigious annual award honors up-and-coming commercial real estate professionals, 35 years old and under, for their valued contributions and commitment to the industry. Don't miss out on this tremendous leadership honor and networking experience.
Glenlake

One Glenlake in Central Perimeter is pleased to announce

Cotiviti has leased 66,100 RSF on the 12th, 13th and 14th floors thanks to Joe Terrell with Highgate Partners. Clark, Richardson and Biskup Consulting Engineers has leased 12,931 RSF on the 6th floor thanks to Paul Hanna with JLL
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton Says Groundbreaking for Affordable Housing Units in Ward 8 Complements Her Work on...

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today thanked District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser and joined the Mayor and other city officials and leaders to break ground on South Capitol Street Apartments, a rare project that will bring hundreds of affordable housing units to Ward 8. Norton, whose work in Congress resulted in federal funding for the project, praised the development of affordable housing in Ward 8, where affordable housing is most needed due to the District’s increasingly costly housing market.
Habitat

Ply Gem Building Products partners with Habitat for Humanity to build homes across America...

The Plly Gem, a North American manufacturer of building products, is partnering with Habitat for Humanity for the second consecutive year in support of the Ply Gem Home for Good project, a campaign to help families in need of affordable housing. Darius Rucker, three-time Grammy Award winner, is this year’s project ambassador
AGC

THIRTY-NINE STATES ADD CONSTRUCTION JOBS BETWEEN APRIL 2016 & 2017 BUT 27 STATES LOST...

Thirty-nine states added construction jobs between April 2016 and April 2017 amid growing demand for construction services, yet more than half the states lost construction jobs between March and April amid tight labor market conditions, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data released today.
NeighborWorks America

NeighborWorks Training Institute in Minneapolis will attract 1,600+ community-development professionals, $1.7 million in economic...

As national student loan debt soars at $1.4+ trillion, course helps counselors address nationwide problem
NeighborWorks America

NeighborWorks America awards $68.09 million in flexible grants to 243 nonprofits

The Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, dba NeighborWorks America, announced that it awarded $68.09 million in flexible grants to 243 nonprofit organizations, all members of the national NeighborWorks network. These awards pend receipt of the funds from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Center for American Progress

Trump’s Elimination of Low Income Energy Assistance Will Cause Direct Harm to Already Vulnerable...

The Trump administration has been openly hostile to climate science and policies aimed at mitigating the worst effects of climate change. They have proposed gutting the budget of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA attempted to undo the Clean Power Plan and are considering pulling the United States from the Paris climate agreement
NREL

Teams From Stargate, Manning Options Schools Victorious in NREL’s 27th Solar and Lithium-Ion Car...

Fifty-three teams from 18 Colorado middle schools gathered at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden today for the 27th Annual Junior Solar Sprint and Lit
NLIHC

Statement from Diane Yentel, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition,...

President Trump’s 2018 budget – leaked earlier today – reflects a cruel indifference to the millions of low income seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, veterans, and other vulnerable people who are struggling to keep a roof over their heads. Mr. Trump’s budget would harm thousands of the lowest income families by taking away their housing assistance – a move that would lead to higher levels of homelessness and housing poverty – in a transparent effort to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy and billions of dollars in increased defense spending.
AWWA

AWWA launches Buried No Longer® tool, highlights WIFIA during Infrastructure Week

As part of its observance of Infrastructure Week, the American Water Works Association announced the launch of its new Buried No Longer® (BNL) tool.
NAR

Foreign Buyers and Immigration Expected to Drive Future Demand for U.S. Housing

U.S. real estate markets are increasingly becoming international, and changing demographics brought forth by immigration and growing interest from foreigners are positioned to bolster home sales activity and prices. That’s according to speakers at an international real estate forum organized by the REALTOR® University Richard J. Rosenthal Center for Real Estate Studies session here at the 2017 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.
NAR

Realtors® Have a Positive Outlook for Commercial Markets in 2017

While challenges face commercial real estate markets, Realtors® specializing in the sector should have confidence that growth will continue. That’s according to speakers at a commercial economic issues and trends forum at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.
Arby's Restaurant Easton PA

The Boulder Group Arranges Sale of Net Lease Arby’s Restaurant Property

The Boulder Group, a net leased investment brokerage firm, has completed the sale of a single tenant net lease Arby’s Restaurant located at 3710 Easton Nazareth Highway in Easton, Pennsylvania for $1,700,000
NAIOP

NAIOP Supports Rising CRE Leaders through Diversity Scholarships

NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, has announced the 2017 recipients of its scholarship. A component of NAIOP’s strategic initiative to promote diversity in commercial real estate, the scholarship program supports students who are pursuing a degree in commercial real estate
NCRC

Affordable Housing Advocates and Small Lenders Join Together is Applauding Dir. Mel Watt Commitment...

Leaders of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), Community Home Lenders Association (CHLA), Community Mortgage Lenders of America (CMLA), Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Leading Builders of America
IBTS

IBTS Announces New Benefit for NACo Member Counties

The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with the National Association of Counties (NACo) to offer members a new benefit, at no charge
ABI

Puerto Rico, Energy Sector Issues and Averting the Next Financial Crisis Among Topics to...

Puerto Rico’s financial crisis, cross-border issues, Energy Future Holdings and health care and education will be among the many topics presented at the 2017 New York City Bankruptcy Conference, being held May 18 at the New York Hilton in Midtown Manhattan.
Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Cantwell, Bipartisan Coalition of Senators Call For Continued Funding of Land and Water Conservation...

Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and a bipartisan coalition of 48 senators sent a letter urging the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies to support the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and, specifically, the Forest Legacy Program, one of the nation’s most important federal conservation programs, as they begin considerations for the upcoming fiscal year.
MBA

Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications decreased 4.1 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending May 12, 2017.

NeighborWorks Training Institute in Minneapolis will attract 1,600+ community-development professionals, $1.7 million in economic...

An estimated $1.7 million boost is coming to the Minneapolis economy when more than 1,600 community-development professionals from around the country convene in the city for the NeighborWorks Training Institute May 22-26.
NAR

Tax Reform Could Deliver a Tax Hike for Homeowners: New Research

While tax reform proposals swirling around Washington, D.C., promise lower tax bills for American families, new estimates indicate that many middle-income homeowners may actually see a tax increase if those proposals go through
NAR

NAR Midyear Forecast: Existing-Home Sales Poised to Climb 3.5 Percent in 2017

The multi-year stretch of robust job gains along with improving household confidence are expected to guide existing-home sales to a decade high in 2017, but supply and affordability headwinds and modest economic growth are holding back sales and threatening to keep the nation’s low homeownership rate subdued.

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HOUSTON NEW HOME SALES ARE UP, DAYS ON MARKET REMAINS UNCHANGED

New home sales in the Houston area are up nearly 12% in the last 12 months, as the pace of new home sales in Houston remained relatively flat in April, according to the HomesUSA.com New Homes Sales Index released today. The number of Days on Market for new homes sold in Houston was stable in April, indicating a continued steady new home sales pace.

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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. As Ranking Member last Congress, Norton was one of the “Big Four” House Transportation Committee leaders who negotiated the first long-term surface transportation bill in a decade, and successfully ensured that key Democratic priorities made it into the final, bipartisan bill.