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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Florida and Nevada Have Largest 12-Month Gains, New Jersey Has Biggest Annual Percent and Total Declines; Nebraska and California Top Monthly Rankings, South Dakota and Ohio Shed Most Jobs in August

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Construction firms added jobs in 36 states between August 2013 and August 2014 while construction employment increased in 28 states between July and August, according to an analysis today of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that construction activity continues to spread across most of the nation even as employment gains remain uneven by month and state. more »

Gulf Coast Resilience STAR™ Homes Ceremony

Monday, September 22, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Pelican River Landing & Conference Center
6217 Highway 613, Moss Point, MS 39563

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Federal, state and local officials, builders, homeowners and other key stakeholders will participate in a ceremony for the first recipients of national Resilience STAR™ home designations. more »

PHILADELPHIA, PA – September 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Brent Miller, CCIM, CPM, Henry Hanna, CCIM, SIOR, and Tonney Insley, all Advisors with Sperry Van Ness – Miller Commercial Real Estate recently attended the ICSC Idea Exchange Conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA. The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. It is made up of over 60,000 members in over 90 countries. more »

Washington, DC – September 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) and Urban Financial of America, LLC (UFA), one of the largest reverse mortgage lenders in the country, announced a collaboration to focus on fair lending to older adults. NCRC will serve in an advisory role to assist UFA with providing Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs) to qualified borrowers age 62 and older. more »

Chicago, IL T- September 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) –he One World Trade Center (1WTC) skyscraper in New York’s Lower Manhattan has earned national recognition in the 2014 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program (IDEAS2). In honor of this achievement, members of the project team will be presented with awards from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) during a ceremony to take place at the tower on Wednesday, September 17 at 2 p.m. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — In accordance with the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, HUD published a Notice in the Sept. 12, 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 Alabama, Illinois, Iowa, Nevada, Oregon, and Texas. more »


Los Angeles, CA., – September 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — CBRE Group, Inc. today announced its fifth-annual “BuildMonth,” the signature event of its Shelter Program, which focuses on providing shelter to individuals in need by improving housing options in low-income communities across the United States. Since its inception, more than 5,400 employees have donated over 40,000 hours of service through the Shelter Program by participating in 130 housing rebuilding projects. This initiative is a cornerstone of CBRE Cares, the company’s corporate philanthropy program. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Americans 62 years old and older now have more equity in their homes than at any time since early 2008, according to data released today by the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — National Association of Realtors® President Steve Brown delivered remarks about the ongoing obstacles to mortgage credit facing creditworthy buyers today at the Bipartisan Policy Center’s 2014 Housing Summit, Housing America’s Future: New Directions for National Policy. more »

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

“By making access to affordable homeownership the cornerstone of his vision for the future of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary Julian Castro is proving himself to be dedicated to the values supported by Realtors® and hardworking families everywhere. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Last week, Atlanta, Georgia-based retailer Home Depot® reported a major security breach of their Point of Sale (POS) system. The initial breach occurred in April 2014 and has affected in-store transactions in the US and Canada through September 2014. The breach is similar to the December 2013 Target® breach, in that malware was installed on the Point of Sale Terminal System to steal customers’ credentials (debit cards and credit cards). Online transactions were not compromised. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Five of the leading design and construction industry tradeshows have signed on to be part of the 2015 Design & Construction Week™ (DCW), joining forces for what promises to be the largest-ever residential construction exposition in the nation in 2015. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose for a fourth consecutive month in September to a level of 59 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released today. This latest four-point gain brings the index to its highest reading since November of 2005. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Led by a steep 31.7 percent decline in multifamily production, nationwide housing starts fell 14.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 956,000 units in August, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Single-family housing starts dropped 2.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 643,000 units. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The following criteria were considered for the “Recent Transactions”: FOR SALE: Purchase price of $500,000 and above. FOR LEASE: Lease value of $250,000 and above. more »

ATLANTA – September 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a competitive cooperative agreement with the Greensboro Housing Coalition (GHC) to reduce housing-related asthma hospitalizations in low-income, minority neighborhoods in Greensboro, North Carolina resulting from exposure to toxic chemicals. The agreement is one of 12 EPA has reached with community-based organizations nationwide, totaling about $1.4 million in funding, under this initiative. more »

Chelsea, MA – September 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Metro Credit Union, in conjunction with MassHousing and the City of Lawrence today announced the “At Home in Lawrence” Program. This new mortgage loan program is focused on the financing of property purchases, property refinancing and property rehabilitation exclusively for the City of Lawrence. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 17, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it has reached an agreement with U.S. Bank National Association, U.S. Bank subsidiary Red Sky Risk Services, LLC (formerly known as USB Lending Support Services, LLC), and one of U.S. Bank’s loan officers, resolving allegations that they refused to refinance the mortgage of a Native American couple in Belcourt, North Dakota, because their property is located on a reservation. more »

Annouces Partnership with Rockefeller Foundation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 17, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro today launched a $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition. He was joined by Dr. Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, in announcing that eligible states and localities can now begin applying for funds. Representatives from eligible communities will have the opportunity to attend Rockefeller-supported Resilience Academies across the country to strengthen their funding proposals. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 17, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Federal Housing Administration is overhauling a long-held policy of charging extra interest payments on loans it insures to borrowers who have already paid off the principal debts on their mortgages.

FHA has permitted its lenders to charge borrowers a full month of interest when they sell or refinance a home, even if borrowers had paid off the mortgage weeks prior to the end of the month. As the Los Angeles Times explains, if borrowers went to closing on an FHA loan on Sept. 3, lenders would be allowed to continue to charge them interest through Sept. 30. more »

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