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Statement from NAHB Rick Judson on the JCHS Biennial Rental Housing Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 10, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Rick Judson, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Charlotte, N.C., issued the following statement on a new report on rental housing released today from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. More

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FHFA Takes Further Steps to Advance Conservatorship Strategic Plan by Announcing an Increase in Guarantee Fees

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today took additional steps toward fulfilling the Strategic Plan for Enterprise Conservatorships that FHFA published in February 2012. That Plan established a conservator goal of gradually contracting Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae’s dominant presence in the marketplace while simplifying and shrinking their operations. The basic premise behind the “contract” goal is that with an uncertain future and a general desire for private capital to re-enter the market, the companies’ market presence should be reduced gradually over time. More

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION RELEASES NOVEMBER HOUSING SCORECARD

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury today released the November edition of the Obama Administration’s Housing Scorecard – a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. The latest data show progress among many key indicators. The purchase of new homes and home prices remain strong and foreclosures are down. Although there is much good news, officials caution that the overall recovery remains fragile. The full Housing Scorecard is available online at www.hud.gov/scorecard. More

USDA Overhauls Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a series of sweeping changes to a popular loan program for rural homebuyers. The changes are part of an extensive overhaul that will strengthen rural housing markets, increase the availability of rural home loans and spur the construction of new homes in rural areas. More

Sen. Sherrod Brown, Progressive Leaders to Release Report Focused on Building Up U.S. Clean Economy Leadership

Tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. ET, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) will join leaders from the BlueGreen Alliance, the Institute for America’s Future, and the Center for American Progress on a press call to release a new report that offers a bold strategy to lead a 21st-century green industrial transformation. More

Lawrence County Property Cleared for Redevelopment

An Ironton brownfield is ready for redevelopment after undergoing an investigation and remediation through Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program (VAP), thanks to the voluntary efforts of the city of Ironton, the current owner. More

USGBC’s New Report Demonstrates Impact, Transformative Power of LEED Green Building Rating System

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released the third and final installment of its LEED in Motion report series: “Impacts and Innovation The report details key impact areas and results of the thousands of projects that are utilizing the LEED® green building rating system, as well as innovation highlights related to LEED and green building technologies. More

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Iowa FA: Cedar Rapids Area Landlords Encouraged to List Rental Properties on New IowaHousingSearch.org

The Iowa Finance Authority and Cedar Rapids area landlords today announced that a unique, new rental housing locator service, IowaHousingSearch.org is now available for Iowa landlords to list units at no cost. The web site is supported by a toll-free call center and is designed to give renters, landlords, housing professionals and social service providers access to detailed information about real-time rental housing vacancies. The service will launch for public use in January. More

Kuster co-sponsors renewable energy bill

U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster wants to require utility companies to produce at least 25 percent of their power from renewable energy sources like wind, solar and biomass by 2025. More

SCHUMER CALLS FOR FEDERAL HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF FUNDS TO BUILD BREEZY POINT DUNES; NEW DOUBLE-DUNE SYSTEM WOULD SAVE LIVES AND PROTECT HOMES DURING FUTURE STORMS

Breezy Point Community Lacks Critical Protection Measures Already Under Way for Rest of Rockaway Pennisula—More Than 300 Homes Destroyed and 2,000 Flooded by Sandy
Proposed Coastline Protection Project Will Make Breezy Point Residents Safer and the Community More Resistant and Resilient to Future Storms; Plan Is NYC’s Top Mitigation Priority for FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
Schumer: With Congressionally-Funded Army Corps Protection Project Moving Forward for the Rest of Rockaway, We Must Finish the Dune Line and Protect Breezy Point from Future Damage. More

Lawrence County Property Cleared for Redevelopment

An Ironton brownfield is ready for redevelopment after undergoing an investigation and remediation through Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program (VAP), thanks to the voluntary efforts of the city of Ironton, the current owner. More

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New Housing for Veterans Opens in Newington

A 74-unit affordable housing complex for veterans and their families opened its doors in Newington today, and new residents say they’ve already made this place their home. More

CHF|CIRB October 2013 Data Now Available

California’s 4th quarter starts off right with 5,830 total single family and multi-family permits revealing an 18% increase from September’s totals and 24% increase from October 2012. Total permits issued for the 2013 through October is 66,442, a 37% increase from total permits issued during the same time frame in 2012. More

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