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Nearly 7,500 college and high school students will travel for spring break this year, but not to the beach. They will help build homes and improve communities through Habitat for Humanity’s alternative spring break program, Collegiate Challenge.
nergy policy expert, Jeff Domanski, will participate in a panel discussion with other experts at the 2016 ACI New York Regional Home Performance Conference taking place February 9 – 10, 2016 at the Saratoga Hilton & City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY. This session, “Energy Conservation Code Trends & Opportunities,” will be Wednesday, February 10, 2016, from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm, and will give attendees an idea of trends in the industry, as well as insights into opportunities to grow their businesses
Housing Partnership Network, a national business collaborative of leading affordable housing and community development nonprofits, and a long-standing community development financial institution (CDFI), has received a rating of AAA +2 from Aeris, the information service for community investors. Aeris provides comprehensive, third-party assessments of financial strength, performance and impact of CDFIs
As Paris readies for the COP21 International Climate talks, more than 54 building and real estate companies, including Thornton Tomasetti, Skanska and JLL, announced today that they have signed on to the Building and Real Estate Climate Declaration, a business call to action that urges policymakers to seize the economic opportunity of tackling climate change.
With closing of $11.3 million in project financing structured by HDC, QUAD Inc. has started construction of Station 162. HDC has been working with QUAD Inc. for more than two years to develop this innovative special-needs housing community in Gresham, and is now serving as owner’s rep on the 12-month construction project.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today (HUD) announced a proposed rule to exempt certain recreational vehicles from HUD’s Manufactured Housing Procedural and Enforcement Regulations.  HUD’s proposed rule seeks to revise the exemption for recreational vehicles that are not self-propelled and is based upon a recommendation from an advisory committee made up of manufactured housing producers, retailers, consumers and the general public.
Ed Brady, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Bloomington, Ill., today issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s Feb. 5 comments on the January jobs report:
Working with partners around the world, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have completed five years of work toward helping establish an international quality standard for manufacturing photovoltaic (PV) modules
The 2016 National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors is now in place. The Executive Team includes Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP as chair; Joseph Donovan as vice chair; Joy Marshall Ortiz, AIA, NCARB as secretary; and Wally E. Bailey as treasurer. New members to the Board include Paul R. Bertram, Jr., FCSI, CDT, LEED AP BD+C, GGP, and Anne M. Ellis, PE, FACI, FASCE.
On December 18, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) issued a proposed rule that would implement the long delayed “Duty to Serve” rules for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the GSEs). The proposal requires them to adopt plans to improve mortgage financing for residential properties that serve very low-, low-, and moderate-income families in three underserved markets: manufactured housing, affordable housing preservation and rural markets.
The Census Bureau today released three additional reports from its 2012 Economic Census Subject Series. The first, Retail Trade — Establishment and Firm Size, presents sales, payroll and employment data for the United States by various categories. For establishments, the categories are sales size, employment size and legal form of organization. For firms, the categories are sales size, employment size, concentration by largest firms and number of establishments operated (single units and multiunits)
Researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) say better understanding of a bacterium could lead to cheaper production of cellulosic ethanol and other advanced biofuels.
Mortgage credit availability decreased in January according to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) which analyzes data from Ellie Mae's AllRegs® Market Clarity® business information tool.
Energy policy expert, Jeff Domanski, will participate in a panel discussion with other experts at the 2016 ACI New York Regional Home Performance Conference taking place February 9 – 10, 2016 at the Saratoga Hilton & City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY. This session, “Energy Conservation Code Trends & Opportunities,” will be Wednesday, February 10, 2016, from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm, and will give attendees an idea of trends in the industry, as well as insights into opportunities to grow their businesses
The Boulder Group, a net leased investment brokerage firm, has completed the sale of a trophy single tenant LA Fitness property located at 6107 North Broadway in Chicago, IL for $9,500,000. The Boulder Group has once again set a new CoStar record with the closing of this trophy LA Fitness property. According to CoStar, the 5.63% cap rate represents the lowest sold cap rate ever recorded for a single tenant LA Fitness property.
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) was recently issued a patent for a novel method that rapidly characterizes specialized materials during the manufacturing process. This approach significantly improves on standard quality control techniques by allowing for complete monitoring of materials without interrupting workflow
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) was recently issued a patent for a novel method that rapidly characterizes specialized materials during the manufacturing process. This approach significantly improves on standard quality control techniques by allowing for complete monitoring of materials without interrupting workflow.
Despite various global and domestic hurdles hindering economic growth, steady job gains and stable leasing demand should help keep commercial real estate activity expanding in 2016, according to the authors of an annual report published jointly by Situs Real Estate Research Corporation (RERC)
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Council on Foundations (COF) launched the 2016 HUD Secretary's Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships. HUD and COF are seeking nominations from charitable foundations working with the public sector to improve the neighborhoods and the quality of life for low- and moderate-income residents.
The metric, Fair Market Rents, is set each year by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The most prevalent use of Fair Market Rents is to establish payment standards, which are local ceilings for rent assistance provided by the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program.
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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