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DCBIA EVALUATES NEW INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY MEASUREMENT STANDARD

An idea that has the opportunity to bring greater efficiency and transparency to international real estate transactions is coming full circle, back to its roots in Washington, DC. The concept for the International Property Measurement Standards (IPMS) was envisioned in a set of meetings held in Washington, DC in 2013. For two years, a coalition of 61 professional and not-for-profit organizations has been working to create standard methodologies for measuring real estate

Rubio, Jordan introduce legislation to bring Second Amendment protections to D.C.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH-04) today introduced the “Second Amendment Enforcement Act of 2015,” legislation to restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia.

Realtors® Show Support for New FHA Appointee Ed Golding

The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron in response to leadership changes at the Federal Housing Administration

zipLogix Partners with Realtors Property Resource® to Integrate Access

zipLogix, a technology company helping real estate professionals improve productivity and efficiency, has formed a partnership with Realtors Property Resource® (RPR®). REALTORS® will have faster, fully integrated access directly from RPR to zipForm, for the most authoritative forms collection available, and will also be able to produce RPR’s acclaimed reports directly from zipForm to work even more efficiently with their clients. zipLogix Chairman of the Board Mark Peterson made the announcement

NAA Vice Chairman Cindy Clare Among Most Influential Women in Multifamily

National Apartment Association Vice Chairman Cindy Clare, CPM, was named one of Multifamily Executive (MFE)’s 10 Most Influential Women in Multifamily. The award honors women who have shattered multifamily’s glass ceiling to become top thought-leaders in the industry—introducing innovative technologies, chasing competitive contracts, chartering new initiatives and redefining resident services.

HHS awards $386 million to support families through the home visiting program

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced $386 million in grant awards to states, territories, and nonprofit organizations to support the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (Home Visiting Program). These funds will allow states to continue to expand voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services to women during pregnancy and to parents with young children

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.

Existing-Home Sales Slightly Improve in February, Price Growth Gains Steam

Existing-home sales increased modestly in February, but constrained inventory levels pushed price growth to its fastest pace in a year, according to the National Association of Realtors

Flood Map Meeting to Take Place in Pennsauken Township on March 25, 2015

Camden County residents and property owners will be able ask questions and obtain information on their property’s flood hazard risk at an Open House scheduled to take place in Pennsauken Township on Wednesday, March 25 at the Camden County Boathouse , 7050 North Park Drive from 4 to 8 p.m

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

Cree adds Cree LED Bulb to Habitat for Humanity partnership

Cree Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE) has expanded its $1.5 million commitment to provide LED lighting for new Habitat for Humanity homes built in the United States. Building on the company’s 2010 pledge to provide Cree LED downlights, Cree is now offering Habitat for Humanity affiliates the New Cree LED Bulb, making whole-home LED lighting possible for Habitat homeowners

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

CCIM Mounts Effort to Keep 1031 Exchanges

CCIM Institute Regional Vice President Craig Fernsler, CCIM, GRI, SRES, will meet with several influential members of the U.S. Congress on March 17 in Washington, D.C., to discuss the strong economic stimulus that Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 exchanges provide to the U.S. economy. Fernsler, along with several members of the National Association of Realtors, is countering the recommendation from the Obama administration’s budget for fiscal year 2016 to limit the deferral provisions of Section 1031.

Rose Center for Public Leadership Working with Seattle Mayor Murray in Rainier Beach

The Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership, jointly operated by the National League of Cities (NLC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), is working this week with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to help the city attract investment to implement community goals in the Rainier Beach neighborhood

Norton Thanks Home-Rule and Human Rights Coalition for Efforts to Defend D.C.’s Pro-Choice, Pro-LGBT Legislation

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today thanked a coalition of 53 national and local groups for its letter to members of Congress urging them to “oppose any effort in Congress, including through resolutions of disapproval, that would prevent two bills recently passed by the District of Columbia Council from taking effect.”

Minor Home Improvements Offer Best Return, Appraisal Institute Say

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today advised homeowners to choose upgrades instead of major remodeling projects to see the greatest potential return on investment

Aumua Amata Travels Home for Constituent Outreach

Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata departed Washington, DC for Pago Pago for a district work trip to conduct constituent outreach, formulate advisory council’s and visit various facilities across the islands, Amata will be visiting constituents across the islands to get a better understanding of the issues that are of concern to them

Attorney General Holder Remarks Announcing Six Pilot Cities for the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice

Thank you all for being here this afternoon. I want to address the heinous attacks that occurred against two brave law enforcement officers in Ferguson, Missouri, last night. I unequivocally condemn these repugnant attacks. I know that all of us in the law enforcement family—and all Americans across the country—are hoping and praying for a speedy recovery.

Asian Investors Lead International Commercial Investment in U.S. and Canada, says NAR Survey

International investment in commercial real estate is dominated by Asian interests in both Canada and the U.S., according to a new survey from the Richard J. Rosenthal Center for Real Estate Studies at REALTOR® University and the National Association of Realtors

How E-Commerce Is Making CRE Adapt

Three hundred leaders in industrial and e-commerce real estate gathered at NAIOP’s E.CON: The E-commerce conference, held last week in Atlanta. With a keynote by the vice president of the supply chain for Walmart and SamsClub.com, plus action-packed panels discussing trends and opportunities, attendees agree that e-commerce strategies are constantly evolving and there are some apparent trends for the coming years.