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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WASHINGTON – April 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Lowe’s Home Centers, one of the nation’s largest home improvement retailers, has agreed to implement a comprehensive, corporate-wide compliance program at its over 1,700 stores nationwide to ensure that the contractors it hires to perform work minimize lead dust from home renovation activities, as required by the federal Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. The company will also pay a $500,000 civil penalty, which is the largest ever for violations of the RRP Rule. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that an elementary school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has won the annual Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. Teams from more than 3,000 buildings across the country spent the past year competing to obtain the greatest reduction in energy use. Claiborne Elementary School won by cutting its energy use nearly in half. more »

Washington, D.C. – April 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Bipartisan Policy Center and New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service will host U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan for a conversation about the state of the U.S. housing market and housing finance reform next Tuesday, April 22 in New York City. more »

ATLANTA – April 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — South Greene High School and DeBusk Elementary School in Greeneville, Tenn. were both recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as top finishers in the annual Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. The schools were recognized for reducing their energy use by over 29 percent. Teams from more than 3,000 buildings across the country spent the past year competing to obtain the greatest reduction in energy use. more »

LANGDON, N.D. – April 17, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Today the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced it is moving forward with repealing certain flood insurance rate increases as required under the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014, cosponsored by Congressman Kevin Cramer. A bulletin from FEMA directing flood insurance providers to stop charging full-risk rates for all types of Pre-Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) properties covered by Section 3 of the 2014 legislation, including primary residences and businesses. Cramer released the following statement on the announcement: more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 17, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — On April 14, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS) announced the availability of up to $6 million to fund 24 or more Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) grants. Approximately 2,000 veterans will receive job training and related services to help them succeed in civilian careers. HVRP is the only federal program that focuses exclusively on the employment of veterans who are homeless. Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards; local public agencies; and nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and community organizations. HVRP applications are due May 13, 2014. more »

La Jolla, CA. – April 17, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Home prices in the Bay Area continued to increase at a brisk pace last month, the result of a strong local economy and a tight supply of homes on the market. The number of homes sold was the lowest for any March since 2008, a real estate information service reported. more »

Tampa, Fla. – April 16, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Tornado season in the U.S. traditionally starts in April and, true to form, several tornadoes have been confirmed in Mississippi, North Carolina, and Texas since the beginning of the month. Unlike previous years, however, a strong tornado has yet to strike anywhere – including Oklahoma, which is unusual. The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) wants to remind residents not to be complacent and take steps now to protect their property and families before the next tornado strikes. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 16, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, during Fair Housing Month, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) issued a comprehensive national report, “Foreclosure Rescue, Inc.”, which examines the foreclosure rescue fraud epidemic, scam trends and efforts to combat these fraudulent activities. The Lawyers’ Committee and its coalition partners in the Loan Modification Scam Prevention Network (LMSPN) have been tracking the foreclosure rescue fraud crisis since March 2010. As of early 2014, the national Loan Modification Scam Database, managed by the Lawyers’ Committee, has compiled over 40,000 complaints with total reported losses of over $90 million to homeowners. more »

ASHINGTON, D.C. – April 16, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) –Three years have passed since the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) launched Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. This update provides the latest data on the number of people experiencing homelessness, an overview of the progress USICH and its partner agencies have made toward the goals set forth in Opening Doors, and information on USICH and member agencies’ activities and accomplishments in the third year of implementation since the release of Opening Doors in June 2010. more »

IBTS earns award for verifying new homes that advance energy efficiency in the new construction industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 16, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with as a 2014 ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Market Leader. This award recognizes the important contribution IBTS has made to energy-efficient construction and environmental protection by verifying more than 1,500 ENERGY STAR certified homes in 2013. Collectively, these homes will save homeowners approximately $450,000 on utility bills and reduce 5.6 million pounds of carbon dioxide each year. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 16, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau today announced the following new residential construction statistics for March 2014: more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 16, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Led by a 6 percent rise in single-family starts, nationwide housing production rose 2.8 percent above an upwardly revised February rate of 920,000 to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 946,000 units in March, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 16, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose one point to 47 in April from a downwardly revised March reading of 46 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 16, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — In support of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Department of Energy issued a draft loan guarantee solicitation today for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases. When finalized, the solicitation is expected to make as much as $4 billion in loan guarantees available to help commercialize technologies that may be unable to obtain full commercial financing. This draft solicitation represents another step in the Department’s commitment to help overcome the financial barriers to the deployment of innovative, clean energy technologies. more »

La Jolla, CA – April 16, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Southern California home sales quickened last month compared with February, as they normally do, but remained far below average and at the lowest level for a March in six years. The median sale price rose to a more-than-six-year high, driven up by demand that continues to exceed supply in many areas, as well as a shift toward a greater share of sales in middle and high-end markets, a real estate information service reported. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 15, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today an agreement with the city of Dubuque, Iowa, settling allegations that the City discriminated against African Americans in the administration of its Housing Choice Voucher Program. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 15, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) –Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose one point to 47 in April from a downwardly revised March reading of 46 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. more »

Washington, D.C. – April 15, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — As the construction industry rebounds amid tepid economic growth, many Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) members are greeted with a significant tax increase this week. The contractors who emerged from the recession already paid the highest effective tax rate of any sector, and now they face even higher taxes thanks to rising marginal rates, reinstated limits on deductions, and new surtaxes on wages and income stemming from the health care law. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 15, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez today announces a grant competition that will award an estimated 24 or more Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program grants totaling approximately $6 million to provide an estimated 2,000 veterans with occupational, classroom and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance, to help them succeed in the civilian labor market. more »

 
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