Education & Training

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.

New Housing Report by The Demand Institute Reinforces the Importance of Location

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 2, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — In real estate, location still matters – a lot. In fact, for the majority of Americans, the right neighborhood trumps the right house, according to a new report by The Demand Institute. But perhaps more surprising is that most people (59%) who move won’t go far, staying within 30 miles of their current home

CSBS Announces Seventh Annual NMLS Conference and Training

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 23, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) will host the seventh NMLS Annual Conference and Training February 16-19 in San Diego, Calif

Yakima REALTORS® honor Commission as “Partner of the Year” for homebuyer classes

YAKIMA – January 22, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The Washington State Housing Finance Commission has been recognized by the Yakima Association of REALTORS® as Partner of the Year.

Christopher E. Herbert to Lead Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies

CAMBRIDGE, MA – December 19, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and David T. Ellwood, Dean of the Harvard Kennedy School, announced today that Dr. Christopher E. Herbert has been appointed Managing Director of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, effective January 1, 2015.  In making this announcement, the Deans noted that Herbert is a nationally recognized scholar and researcher with great depth of experience in housing analysis and public policy

Lowey Announces $765,000 Federal Grant to Purchase College for Green Infrastructure Project

PURCHASE, NY – December 17, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland), the Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, today announced a $765,000 federal grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to Purchase College to implement green infrastructure when retrofitting campus pavement

Community and Neighborhood Design Remains Focused on Accessibility and Leveraging Existing Neighborhood Assets

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 16, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — While the housing market recovery of the last few years has not resulted in a significant boom for neighborhood and community designers, work in the sector remains focused and strong. Leveraging opportunities in existing neighborhoods, both projects and designs aim for continuing to provide easy access to employment, transportation and connection with the larger community. At the same time, homeowners continue to favor contemporary styling – choosing low-maintenance materials for exteriors, flexible interior spaces and roofs with solar reflective characteristics

Architects, AIA Foundation and Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Name Members of First Design and Health Research Consortium

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 16, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The American Institute of Architects (AIA), along with the AIA Foundation and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), today named 11 architecture schools and schools of public health as the charter members of the AIA Design & Health Research Consortium, which will help fund basic research on how design affects public health.

Continuing Education Changes for Real Estate Brokers & Salespersons Effective January 1, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 15, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — A new law which becomes effective January 1, 2015, impacts real estate brokers and salespersons, and real estate education sponsors by removing continuing education preapproval and reporting requirements. Gov. Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 641 into law on April 7, 2014, which became Public Act 106 of 2014

ConsensusDocs Coalition Provides Nearly $250,000 in Charitable and Educational Use of Standard Contracts

WASHINGTON – December 10, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — ConsensusDocs announces that since September 2007 nearly $250,000 worth of standard contracts have been donated for charitable and educational uses.

New Report by The Demand Institute Reveals America’s Top 10 Unfulfilled Housing Needs and Desires

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 3, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The ideal home and neighborhood is elusive for many American households today, concludes a new report by The Demand Institute. Americans believe in the importance of energy efficient homes; they desire updated kitchens and ample storage space. As for more basic housing needs, families want safer neighborhoods and more affordability. However, there’s a substantial gap between what Americans have and what they say they need or want—the “Satisfaction Gap.”

In the Zone: Ware Malcomb’s Office Interior of the Future

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 3, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Envision work zones aptly named Focus, Collaborative, Team and Quiet; seamlessly integrated lighting, power and HVAC systems; and yes, treadmill desks. Ware Malcomb shared its future office space concept at Development ’14, delivered by Ted Heisler

Big Data Will Play an Important Role in the Future of Real Estate and for Realtors®

WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 17, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Advances in mobile technology have the potential to radically change the ways consumers search for real estate online, according to a session at the 2014 REALTORS® Conference & Expo that peered into what can happen in the future regarding big data and real estate

Launch of AIAU Provides Easy Access to Online Learning

Washington, D.C. – October 13, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) recent launch of AIAU marks a significant advancement in online education for architects, designers, builders, and others working within the architecture industry. Now, anyone with an Internet connection can access high-quality, interactive education taught by industry experts via streaming video and earn continuing education credits including AIA learning units (LUs) as well as HSW, GBCI, and RIBA credits