Housing & Development

Housing & Development

Fannie Mae’s Annual Help the Homeless Program Raises $6.5 Million to Help Washington D.C.’s...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 17, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, Fannie Mae announced the results of its annual Help the Homeless Program, which raised $6.5 million in 2010 for non-profit beneficiary organizations that work to prevent and end homelessness in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

The American Institute of Architects Select 18 Recipients for the 2011 Housing Awards

Washington, D.C. - March 17, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the 18 recipients of the 2011 Housing Awards. The AIA’s Housing Awards Program, now in its 11th year, was established to recognize the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit and a valuable national resource.

Building Owners and Managers Take their Message Straight to Lawmakers

WASHINGTON, DC - March 17, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Members of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International will bring their message to lawmakers around the country the week of March 20 as part of BOMA’s annual National Issues Conference. As part of an industry that supports one million jobs in the United States and contributes $118 million to GDP in office building operating outlays alone, BOMA members will meet with their Representatives and Senators to explain the critical role commercial real estate plays in a thriving economy and to gain support for key industry issues. Because of the new Congressional work schedule, the conference, which usually takes place in Washington, D.C., will be held locally around the U.S while lawmakers are in their home districts.

JOHNSON STATEMENT ON HOUSING REFORM HEARING

WASHINGTON, DC - March 17, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) held a hearing entitled “The Administration’s Report to Congress: Reforming America’s Housing Finance Market.”

Young Home Buyers Will Lead Housing Market Recovery, Says NAHB

WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 17, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Generation X –young families and adults ages 31 to 45 – are likely to lead the home buying recovery as it gets underway, according to real estate experts who spoke at an educational webinar produced by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).These potential home buyers are most likely to think it's a good time to get off the fence – and have strong opinions about the design features their new homes will include.

Builders Urge Congress to Restore Flow of Credit to Housing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 17, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Restoring the flow of acquisition, development and construction (AD&C) lending that has been choking off credit for home builders and impeding job growth took center stage today as 500 builders from across the country converged on Capitol Hill for the annual NAHB Legislative Conference."Our message to Congress is simple and straightforward," said NAHB Chairman Bob Nielsen, a home builder from Reno, Nevada. "Unless we resolve the ongoing credit problems for home builders – the vast majority who are small business owners who employ less than 10 workers – the industry will lose even more jobs, resulting in longer-term economic damage."

Federal Block Grant’s $58.7 million investment yields results unlike any other program in Nebraska

LINCOLN, NEB. - March 16, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) --The recently-released 2006-2010 CDBG Investments and Impacts brochure contains eye-opening statistics related to Nebraska’s strategic use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

CONTRACTORS’ COST SQUEEZE INTENSIFIES AS PRICES FOR NEW BUILDINGS STAGNATE WHILE CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL PRICES...

March 16, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Financial pressures on contractors grew worse in February as prices for key construction materials rose sharply even as prices construction firms charge for completed projects remained stagnant, according to an analysis of producer price index figures released today by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Association officials said the price squeeze will make it harder for the construction industry to recover and urged federal officials to act on a series of recovery measures the group outlined yesterday

New NAHB Document Explains Detection, Remediation for Problematic Drywall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 16, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- A new resource for builders and remodelers looking for answers on the critical question of how to detect and remediate problematic drywall imported from China in recent years is now available from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)."Imported Problematic Drywall:

US Department of Labor announces 2 grant competitions to provide career training and housing...

WASHINGTON, DC - March 16, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The U.S. Department of Labor today announced two grant competitions for the National Farmworker Jobs Program. One competition will fund organizations that will provide training, the other housing services, to migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families

Housing Starts and Permits Stall in February

WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 16, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Nationwide housing starts and issuance of permits for new housing construction both posted disappointing declines in February as concerns about a growing number of factors caused builders to pull back on production of new homes, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Commerce Department. Total housing starts declined 22.5 percent from January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 479,000 units, the second-slowest pace on record. Equally disconcerting, total permit issuance for new homes fell 8.2 percent to a record low pace of 517,000 units in February.

Greener Homes Program improves Portsmouth housing

BEDFORD, N.H. - March 15, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- At its recent meeting, New Hampshire Housing’s Board of Directors approved the commitment of nearly $7.5 million in tax-exempt bonds, federal HOME Investment Partnership funds and Greener Home Prog...

Kentucky Crafted: The Market — a resource for architects, interior designers and home builders

FRANKFORT, KY - March 15, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Visitors to this year’s Kentucky Crafted: The Market will have the opportunity to shop for art on a grand scale. A special exhibit featuring handcrafted pergolas, garden sculptures, ceramic mural work, doors, light fixtures, chandeliers, hardware, stair rails, sinks, stained-glass windows and architectural signage will be presented in the center of the exhibition hall.

PLAN TO REVIVE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY RELEASED BY TRADE GROUP AS SECTOR LOST JOBS IN...

PHOENIX, AZ - March 15, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Associated General Contractors of America released a new national plan today detailing measures to stimulate demand for construction. Officials said the plan was needed to reverse construction employment declines that have taken place in 317 out of 337 metro areas since January 2007, according to new data the association released today.

New Exhibit Explores Green Neighborhood Design

Washington, DC - March 15, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) “Neighborhoods Go Green! Scaling up Sustainability” exhibit opened in Washington, DC. The exhibit uses LEED for Neighborhood Development, the first comprehensive benchmark for green neighborhood design, as a framework to explore the key elements of a sustainable community. Co-curated by USGBC, the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) and Farr Associates, “Neighborhoods Go Green!” is on display at the Washington, DC headquarters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Business Real Estate Press Releases

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Meridian Completes Sale of 104,000 SF Multi-Tenant Office Building in Brisbane,...

With more than 500,000 SF currently in development/redevelopment and another 500,000-plus SF in the pipeline, Meridian is still aggressively pursuing more value-add general and medical office opportunities throughout California

Recent Gov & Nonprofit Real Estate Press Releases

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Builder Confidence Slips Two Points as Lumber Prices Soar

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes fell two points to 68 in June on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The decline was due in large part to sharply elevated lumber prices, although sentiment remains on solid footing.