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Study Finds That OSHA Underestimated Cost of Silica Rule by $4.5 Billion a Year

A new report released today by the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) found that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposed silica standards for U.S. construction industry will cost the industry $5 billion per year—roughly $4 .5 billion per year more than OSHA’s estimates. The coalition cautioned that the flawed cost estimates reflect deeper flaws in the rule and urged the federal agency to reconsider its approach

Free Webinar: The Promise of E-Commerce

Register for a free webinar on "The Promise of E-commerce," a white paper recently published by the NAIOP Research Foundation. The paper examines how evolving delivery expectations are dictating the location and design of real estate facilities. Read a press release about the white paper.

IBHS Experts to be Featured at 2015 National Hurricane Conference

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), a leading national authority on disaster-resistant construction, will have multiple experts speaking at the 2015 National Hurricane Conference (NHC) March 30-Apr. 2 in Austin, Texas

Appraisal Institute Heads to Dallas for 2015 Annual Meeting

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, announced today that its 2015 Annual Meeting will take place July 27-29 in Dallas.Registration is now open.

STEM AmeriCorps Program to Expand with Best Buy Grant

As part of today’s White House Science Fair, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) today announced an expansion of STEM AmeriCorps, an initiative designed to spur student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math education

NCOA and Wells Fargo Housing Foundation Help Seniors Navigate Housing Options

More than 25 million older Americans are economically insecure, often just one event—a job loss, major health expense, or accident—away from financial crisis. For those that own their homes, tapping their home equity may be an option to increase their economic security, but requires careful consideration and understanding of taxes, fees, and homeowner obligations.

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing to Host Free Home Ownership Workshop March 26

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing is inviting the community to a free Home Ownership Education Workshop on Thursday, March 26, 2015 to learn about everything from what a credit score means to selecting a lender

Electrical Training Manager Named ABC National Craft Instructor of the Year

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has named Jonathan Sacks of Palmyra, Maine, as its Craft Instructor of the Year. Sacks currently works as a transmission and distribution training manager atCIANBRO in Pittsfield, Maine. He received the honor March 6 during ABC’s National Craft Championships (NCC) and Workforce Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla

Architecture Billings Index Improves in February

After its first negative score in ten months, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) showed a nominal increase in design activity in February, and has been positive ten out of the past twelve months. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the February ABI score was 50.4, up slightly from a mark of 49.9 in January

Housing Landscape 2015 shows severe housing cost burden has decreased, but remains struggle for working renters

The continuing economic recovery has improved housing affordability slightly for low- and moderate-income working households, but housing costs continue to increase for renters, according to a new report released today by the Center for Housing Policy at the National Housing Conference

MBA Releases New TILA RESPA Integrated Disclosure Resource Guide

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released this week a new TILA RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) Resource Guide designed to assist lenders in complying with the TRID rule by August 1, 2015. TRID was issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and combined the mortgage disclosure regimes established by the Truth In Lending Act (TILA) and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) into one single rule.

ABC Congratulates 2015 National Craft Championships Winners, Craft Instructor and Craft Professional of the Year

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) announced the winners of its National Craft Championships and named its Craft Instructor of the Year and Craft Professional of the Year during the Careers in Construction awards ceremony in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The ceremony took place March 6 at the conclusion of ABC’s Workforce Development Conference.

Innovative Spec Fulfillment Center Wins NAIOP Inaugural Award for E-commerce and Commercial Real Estate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 3, 2015 - (RealEstateRama) -- Dallas-based Trammell Crow Company (TCC) has been named the recipient of the inaugural E-commerce Project of the Year award given by NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association

Assembly Speaker Resurrects $75 Recording Fee

Shades of Senate bills past; Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) unveiled a bill to increase funding for affordable housing by adding a statewide $75 real estate document recording fee. Still to be determined is if the proposal is a tax (which requires two-thirds legislative approval) or a fee (which requires a majority approval). The [...]

CEDIA Partners with Powerhouse Alliance to Offer In-Person Training

INDIANAPOLIS - February 26, 2015 - (RealEstateRama) -- CEDIA has partnered with Powerhouse Alliance to offer a series of networking training workshops at Volutone. Partnering with Volutone will provide another outlet for home technology professionals to experience face-to-face education with instructor support.  The courses available are part of the pathway to prepare for CEDIA's Residential Networking Specialist certification exam. Courses in the networking training pathway have consistently sold out and have gained wide support from the industry

Stronger Construction Standards can Reduce Tornado Destruction, says IBHS

OKLAHOMA CITY - February 25, 2015 - (RealEstateRama) -- “The devastation and damage to homes and businesses caused by tornadoes can and should be reduced by better construction methods,” said Dr. Tim Reinhold, chief engineer and senior vice president of research, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS).

New NAHB Publication Provides Builders with the Tools to Accurately Forecast Cash Flow

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 23, 2015 - (RealEstateRama) --BuilderBooks, the book publishing arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently released a new publication, Financial Forecasting in Microsoft® Excel.

CCIM Institute Announces 2015 Leadership Development Academy Participants

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 17, 2015 - (RealEstateRama) -- CCIM Institute is pleased to announce the 2015 Jay W. Levine Leadership Development Academy kicked off Feb. 6-7 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Named in honor of Jay W. Levine, CCIM, the Institute’s first president and second designee, the nine-month program is designed to build the skills and self-knowledge participants need to fulfill leadership roles within the Institute as well as in their communities and professional careers

Realtor® Broker Summits to Concentrate on Management and Technology in 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 16, 2015 - (RealEstateRama) -- As small business owners, real estate brokers must stay ahead of cutting-edge marketing and management practices. That is why the National Association of Realtors® is inviting brokers from across the country to attend 2015 Realtor® Broker Summit events and learn from broker panels and industry leaders about the latest tools and trends affecting the industry and Realtor® businesses.

Gov. Shumlin Health Care Plan Could Reduce School Spending by $3 million

MONTPELIER - February 9, 2015 - (RealEstateRama) -- Gov. Peter Shumlin’s plan to address the Medicaid cost shift could save Vermont schools nearly $3 million per year, helping to reduce the burden of property taxes for Vermonters. The plan could also save municipal governments around the state up to $900,000 per year.