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How to Make Money Selling Green

Environmental awareness may be rising, but when it comes to buying a home, green by itself is not an easy sale, according to green market experts who spoke at “The Business Benefits of Green” during the 2007 REALTORS® Conference & Expo last week.

Commercial Market Shows Signs of Leveling Off

Commercial real estate market activity is expected to level out, suggesting stable business opportunities for commercial practitioners in the months ahead, according to a NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® forward-looking index for the commercial real estate sectors.

Video: Proposals in Congress Could Leave Taxpayers Footing the Bill in Subprime Mortgage Crisis

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Subprime mortgage troubles continue as Congress considers proposals impacting taxpayers. The measures would give the federal housing administration or FHA - the largest mortgage insurer - and Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae - the largest mortgage lender - a larger role in the housing market.

Have You Overlooked a Key Market?

Many salespeople are overlooking fast-growing demographic groups containing large swaths of underserved consumers, says Frances Martinez Myers, senior vice president of business development at Prudential Fox & Roach.

AEW Capital Management, LP Selects AssetEye to Improve Business Processes and Streamline Reporting for...

NEW YORK, November 19, 2007 – AssetEye Inc, a leading provider of portfolio management solutions for real estate, today announced that AEW Capital Management, LP has selected AssetEye’s Portfolio Manager for deployment in its U.S. and Asian offices. AEW and its affiliates provide real estate investment management services to investors worldwide and currently manage over $41 billion of real estate assets

Congressman Sestak Supports New Standards for Mortgage Brokers

Washington, D.C., Nov. 15, 2007 – The mortgage crisis has forced a record number of working and middle class families out of their homes this year and more than two million American families face the prospect of foreclosure by the end of 2008. For these individuals, finding a reliable mortgage company is of utmost importance as they struggle to keep their homes.

Dr. Coburn Criticizes Senate for Rushing and Attempting to Ban Debate on Critical Mortgage...

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 15, 2007 – U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) released the following statement today regarding the Senate’s attempt to pass a complex and critical mortgage reform bill without the opportunity for debate or amendment.

House Passes Historic Mortgage Reform Legislation

Washington, DC, Nov. 15, 2007 - The U.S. House of Representatives today approved historic bipartisan legislation to reform mortgage and anti-predatory lending practices by a vote of 291 to 127. H.R. 3915, the “The Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2007” will establish a national standard to rein in the abusive lending practices that contributed to the current mortgage crisis

Staying Out of Court Is Simple: Think Like a Buyer

There are so many ways real estate professionals can get snagged by a lawsuit that it's hard to keep track of everything that poses a risk. But by looking at each transaction through the eyes of the buyer, you can protect yourself, trainer and author Barbara Nichols said at the 2007 NAR Conference & Expo in Las Vegas.

Coalition of Consumer and Anti-Poverty Groups Opposes Predatory Mortgage Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 15, 2007 – A bill designed to address abuses in the lending market would leave consumers worse off than if Congress did nothing at all, a group of national and local consumer and poverty law organizations told lawmakers today. The group is urging lawmakers to defeat H.R. 3915, the Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2007, scheduled for a vote today in the U.S. House of Representatives.

2008: A Year of Opportunity

“2007 has been a year of challenge; 2008 will be a year of opportunity for serious buyers and for REALTORS®,” NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun told a packed house at the NAR Conference Tuesday.

SIPA Announces Call for Entries for Building Excellence Awards Competition

The Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) is now accepting entries for the sixth annual Building Excellence Awards. This unique competition recognizes the exceptional projects that SIPA members build with energy efficient structural insulated panels (SIPs)

Top 5 Markets Where Home Prices are Rising

Home prices have risen in five major markets, while continuing to fall in the rest of the country, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index for August, released Tuesday.

NAR Survey Shows Consumers Very Satisfied With Agent Performance

LAS VEGAS, November 13, 2007 - A new consumer survey shows that buyers and sellers are very satisfied with their real estate professionals. Home buyers use many tools in the transaction process, and both buyers and sellers highly value the personal touch and services real estate professionals offer. The survey was released here today at the 2007 REALTORS® Conference & Expo.

Foreclosure Activity Up 30% in Third Quarter

RealtyTrac(R) released its Q3 2007 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which shows a total of 635,159 foreclosure filings — default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions — were reported on 446,726 properties nationwide during the third quarter, a 30% increase from the previous quarter and an increase of nearly 100% from the third quarter of 2006.

NAR Finds For-Sale-By-Owner Transactions Remain at Record Lows

LAS VEGAS, November 13, 2007 - The level of for-sale-by-owner transactions remains at a record low, according to the National Association of Realtors® 2007 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. The survey was released today at the 2007 REALTORS® Conference & Expo, here through November 16.

Successful Long-Term Homeownership Begins with Consumer Education

Phoenix, AZ, November 13, 2007 – Homeownership counseling and education are more important now than ever given the recent rise in mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures. Freddie Mac (NYSE: FRE), one of the nation's largest investors in residential mortgages, and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the nation's largest Hispanic advocacy organization, are continuing their tradition of working together by educating Latinos in the Phoenix area on all aspects of homeownership, from maintenance to financial management and foreclosure prevention

America’s Undervalued Real Estate Markets

When a market goes through uncertain times, investor caution reigns. And whether you're talking about the housing market or the financial services sector, there's been so much bad news lately that it makes sense for buyers and investors to remain wary.

Think in Reverse to Succeed in Auctions

Real estate professionals who want to work in property auctions need to adopt a new way of thinking, says Ted Cucuro, a senior broker associate with Sheldon Good & Co., Chicago. “We do everything in reverse,” Cucuro told attendees of an educational session at the 2007 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Las Vegas.

Bayh Presses Forward with Property Tax Relief Plan

Washington, Nov. 8, 2007 — U.S. Senator Evan Bayh has enlisted the support of 15 Senate colleagues to join his call to provide property tax relief to 32 million homeowners across the country who do not itemize their federal tax returns by allowing them to deduct their state and local property taxes.

U.S. National


How regular cleaning impacts the final sale price of a house on the market...

National
Canada has a competitive marketplace when it comes to homes for sale. Even with a higher cost, people are still continuing to buy houses. If you are a resident in Canada and thinking of selling your house, you have to take action to ensure that your home looks at its very best so it will look appealing to attract more potential buyer.

4 Home Renovation Safety Hazards & How to Avoid Them

National
Home renovation can be an exciting time to make improvements to your house, but it also comes with certain risks. A modern house is a large, complex edifice, complete with utilities that make our lives easier but also pose safety hazards.
BHGRE-Winans

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Winans Empowers Home Sellers with iBuyer Platform

National
Real estate powerhouse Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Winans announces the launch of their Flex MoveTM Program. With Flex Move, homeowners get multiple instant offers on their home with the push of a button and can easily compare iBuyer

FOLLOWING SENATE DEM REQUEST, FEDERAL WATCHDOG SAYS THEY WILL INVESTIGATE TRUMP ADMIN’S EFFORTS TO...

National
 Senate Democrats today announced that the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) will investigate the Trump administration’s efforts to use eminent domain
NHC

Statement on GSE hearing from David M. Dworkin, president and CEO of the National...

National
“Today’s hearing made significant progress on the path to housing finance reform. While there was plenty of disagreement, there was also important alignment around essential issues of a bipartisan deal that has eluded Congress in the past.
CHA

Chicago Housing Authority joins partners to break ground for Sarah’s On Sheridan Apts.

National
Chicago Housing Authority officials this week joined Sarah’s Circle, the City of Chicago Department of Housing, and development partners to break ground for Sarah’s on Sheridan Apartments in the Uptown community

Financial Considerations When Flipping Houses

National
Thinking of getting into the business of flipping houses? Whether you’re looking for a passive income source or an opportunity to quit your full-time job, real estate investing can create quite the platform to accomplish this. However, in order to get from point a (buying a property and renovating) to point b (selling and collecting your profit), there are a lot of financial aspects you’ll have to cover.
FEMA

Don’t wait for disaster to happen: Insure your home against flood damage

National
Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States, and nearly every major Texas city is vulnerable to hurricanes or sits in “Flash Flood Alley,” one of the most flash flood-prone areas in the nation.
MBA

MBA Forecasts Record Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Originations and Multifamily Lending in 2019 and 2020

National
The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) forecasts that commercial and multifamily mortgage bankers will close a record $652 billion of loans backed by income-producing properties this year
NAR

Realtors® Applaud White House Efforts to Advance Fannie, Freddie Reform Discussions

National
National Association of Realtors® President John Smaby issued the following statement commending the Trump administration for its efforts to reform America’s housing finance system.
NIBS

Bringing Women Executives in Building Together: NIBS to Host Inaugural Event in October

National
The National Institute of Building Sciences is hosting its first annual Women Executives in Building Summit on Oct. 4. The event is being held at the headquarters of the National Restaurant Association in Washington, D.C.
Ginnie Mae

Ginnie Mae reinstates NewDay USA and Sun West Mortgage Company to participation in multi-Issuer...

National
Ginnie Mae announced that it has removed the previously announced restriction limiting NewDay USA and Sun West Mortgage Company, Inc. to Ginnie Mae II custom pools for VA single

New support includes $1.5 million to secure downtown home for Minnesota Museum of American...

National
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today announced $2.15 million in new investments focused on establishing downtown as a place for community, creativity and inclusive economic growth.
Appraisal Institute

Appraisers Can Help Clients Navigate Natural Disasters, Appraisal Institute Says

National
In the aftermath of a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, appraisers can help their clients by providing expert market analysis, according to the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers
NHC

National Housing Conference statement on Trump administration’s plan for the future of Fannie and...

National
The Trump administration’s housing finance reform plan “has many roads, but there is a viable path forward if Congress is engaged in true bipartisan change. If taken, we can finally move forward with a housing finance system that serves

Don’t Disrupt Lending or Increase the Cost of Housing: Civil Rights Coalition Warns Against...

National
Yesterday, in response to a Presidential Memorandum on Federal Housing Finance Reform, the U.S. Department of Treasury and U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development released

SENATE DEMOCRATS URGE PRESIDENT TRUMP TO PUSH FOR ACTION AGAINST NORTH KOREA FOR VIOLATION...

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U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-NJ), U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin
Marissa Kasdan

Marissa Kasdan, Director of KTGY’s R+D Studio, Relocates to Firm’s Tysons, Va. Office to...

National
Marissa Kasdan, director of KTGY’s R+D Studio, has relocated from KTGY Architecture + Planning’s Irvine, California office to the firm’s Tysons, Virginia office where she is expanding the nationwide scope of KTGY’s R+D Studio
VA

VA to award more than $30 million in new grants to support formerly homeless...

National
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will award $30 million under the new Grant and Per Diem (GPD) program Oct. 1, to 128 organizations to provide wraparound supportive services to Veterans who were previously homeless or at-risk of losing their housing
Habitat

Habitat for Humanity: Presidential debates must address housing affordability

National
More than 100 Habitat for Humanity organizations throughout the country are calling on debate organizers and presidential candidates to address the nation’s urgent housing affordability needs

U.S. States


5 Popular Spots To Visit in Riverside, California.

National
If you're in California, you need to visit Riverside. Here's why. The largest city in the area of California known as the 'Inland Empire,' Riverside is a popular destination for people looking to escape the big city life of Los Angeles. Some sixty miles east, Riverside features beautiful architecture, a vibrant downtown area, and stunning views from its many mountain hikes

FEMA Awards Lake County More Than $2.2 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses

Florida
FEMA has approved $2,202,339 for the State of Florida to help Lake County defray the costs of debris removal for Hurricane Irma under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program. FEMA funds will reimburse the county for the collection, reduction, disposal and site management of debris within Lake County between Sept. 18
USDOJ

Justice Department Resolves Claims that California Loan Modification Service Providers Discriminated Against Hispanic Homeowners...

California
The Department of Justice today announced a series of settlements to resolve allegations that several California-based mortgage loan modification service providers engaged in national origin discrimination in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act
Center for Biological Diversity

San Diego Lawsuits Challenge Sprawl Development in High-risk Fire Zone

Conservation organizations sued San Diego County today for approving Otay Ranch Village 14, a sprawl development that will pave over hundreds of acres of habitat for golden eagles and other imperiled wildlife and build new homes in one of California’s most dangerously fire-prone areas.
Enterprise Community Partners

Hurricane Harvey Relief Program to Assist Even More Families Thanks to Follow Up Grant...

Texas
The Rebuild Texas Fund has awarded the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation (TSAHC) and Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise) a $1.1 million follow-up grant to support the Housing and Economic Assistance to Rebuild Texas (HEART) Program. HEART
NYU Furman Center

NYU Furman Center and Abt Associates Announce Inaugural Cities Selected for Local Housing Solutions

New York
The NYU Furman Center and Abt Associates announced today the cities of Atlanta, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and San Antonio as the first cohort selected to participate in the inaugural Local Housing Solutions Institute
NHC

Wells Fargo and a FHLBank of New York leader join NHC’s Board of Governors

New York
The National Housing Conference (NHC), the nation’s oldest, affordable housing coalition, announced that, Kimani Little of Federal Home Loan Bank of New York and Connie Wright of Wells Fargo has joined NHC’s Board of Governors
NAR

Existing-Home Sales Ascend 2.5% in May

National
Existing-home sales rebounded in May, recording an increase in sales for the first time in two months, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

Woman Arrested for Defrauding Homeless Individuals and a Nonprofit Serving the Homeless

California
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — (RealEstateRama) — Sherwana Lynn Marcus, also known as Sherwana Granderson and Sherwana Santana, 47, was arrested today on a 36-count federal...

CSD Awards $4.4 Million for California’s First Low-Income Community Solar Projects

California
The California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) today announced final awards totaling $4.4 million to GRID Alternatives for two Community Solar Pilot projects in Contra Costa and Riverside Counties.
NLCHP

Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Adopts New Guiding Principles and Practices for Unsheltered...

California
On February 28, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) adopted new policy that calls for decriminalizing life-sustaining survival actions of the more than 40,000 Los Angelenos who are experiencing unsheltered homelessness
EPA

Three Communities in Mississippi to Receive Brownfield Grants to Address Contaminated Properties

Mississippi
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) selected 149 communities across the country including three in Mississippi to receive funding for brownfield site revitalization to help local governments redevelop vacant and unused properties
FEMA

Port Aransas ready for return of summer tourism

Texas
Texas SandFest drew a record 35,000 people April 26-28, encouraging business owners that Port Aransas is on its way to recovery. With nearly all the city’s retailers and restaurants re-opened, residents are beginning to feel like things are getting back to normal.
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My Florida Regional MLS Becomes Stellar MLS

My Florida Regional MLS, the nation’s third-largest Multiple Listing Service, officially becomes Stellar MLS today and will also debut its new site, StellarMLS.com. Introducing a “curated customer journey” for each of its nearly 60,000

$50 MILLION FOR WHITEHOUSE’S COASTAL RESILIENCY FUND INCLUDED IN DISASTER RELIEF BILL

Rhode Island
U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today announced that the disaster relief bill passed by the Senate yesterday evening includes $50 million for the National Coastal Resilience Fund to restore and strengthen the natural infrastructure that protects coastal communities while safeguarding wildlife habitats.

San Francisco 49ers Partners with Operation HOPE to Empower Bay Area Communities with Financial...

California
Operation HOPE and the San Francisco 49ers announced today a partnership to bring credit and money management coaching and education to underserved Bay Area communities at no cost to participants. The 49ers is the first team to offer the HOPE Inside program as part of the National Football
getting security deposit back

How to Get Your Apartment Security Deposit Back

Texas
If your a renter, then you surely are aware that almost all apartments will require a security deposit when you move in your new rental. This is not to be used as an administration fee,  or to pay your rent. In fact, if you follow the terms of your apartment
SEIA

Solar Industry Urges Gov. Abbott to Extend Tax Abatement Program

Texas
The solar industry voiced support for the Texas House of Representatives for passing a 10-year extension of Chapter 312, a section of tax code that enables property tax abatements for companies bringing new investment and jobs to Texas. The legislature sent this tax abatement extension that includes renewable energy provisions to Governor Abbott for signature
DOI

Secretary Bernhardt Announces $106.8 Million for Recreation, Wildfire, Other Public Lands Projects in Nevada...

California
U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced the commitment of more than $106.8 million to support 47 public lands projects throughout Nevada and the California side of the Lake Tahoe Basin. These projects, which encompass a broad range of recreation improvements, wildlife habitat conservation
FEMA

FEMA Awards More Than $1.2M in Public Assistance Grants

Florida
FEMA has approved $1,259,146 to the State of Florida to assist 14 eligible applicants with reimbursement for eligible costs of debris removal, emergency protective measures, temporary facilities and permanent repairs for Hurricane Michael under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.

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NAHB

New Home Sales Decline in May

National
Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 7.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 626,000 units in May, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.
DOI

$17+ Million in Grants Will Help States, Local Communities Keep Waters Clean, Economies Thriving

National
Water-loving outdoor recreationists and local communities in 27 states will have additional resources to help boaters keep America’s waters clean, thanks to more than $17 million in Clean Vessel Act program grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
FEMA

Port Aransas ready for return of summer tourism

Texas
Texas SandFest drew a record 35,000 people April 26-28, encouraging business owners that Port Aransas is on its way to recovery. With nearly all the city’s retailers and restaurants re-opened, residents are beginning to feel like things are getting back to normal.
OJO Labs - Eight Major Awards

OJO Labs: Five Months, Eight Major Awards

National
OJO Labs, a leading-edge technology company on a mission to empower consumer decision-making through its conversational AI assistant, OJO, won the highly coveted 2019 A-List Award among mid-sized companies from the Austin Chamber of Commerce in partnership with SXSW
Property on Airbnb

Should I Rent Out my Property on Airbnb?

National
Listing property on Airbnb has become a popular way to make extra money, meet new people, and provide some freedom, but there are a few key things to think about when you are considering listing your property. It is key to know what you’re getting yourself into.
Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation Launches $5.5 Million Opportunity Zone Community Capacity Building Initiative for Select...

National
The Rockefeller Foundation today announced an initiative to help U.S. cities attract responsible private investment in economically-distressed communities through Opportunity Zones created in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This effort will help ensure new investment delivers sustainable benefits for more than 30 million low-income Americans living in Opportunity Zones
PaulineWeaver

Eden Housing and City of Fremont Celebrate Grand Opening of KTGY-Designed Affordable Senior Housing...

National
Pauline Weaver Senior Apartments is located in the Warms Springs area of Alameda County and features 90 apartment homes for very low and extremely low-income seniors, near I-880 freeway, BART, shopping, services and other amenities.
VA

VA’s Home Loan Guaranty program notifies Veterans of potential loan fee waivers

National
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced May 13 that Veterans who qualify for a VA Home Loan funding fee waiver are now being notified in their home loan eligibility certificate and disability compensation award letter.
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A Stellar Idea: My Florida Regional MLS Reimagines the Multiple Listing Service

The nation's third-largest Multiple Listing Service, My Florida Regional MLS, will become Stellar MLS on June 4, 2019, in a move that totally reimagines the MLS. Currently serving 58,000 customers
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HOME BUILDERS TO CO-HOST HUD INNOVATIVE HOUSING SHOWCASE

National
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson today announced the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) will co-host the Department's inaugural "Innovative Housing Showcase." The Innovative Housing Showcase will be held on the National Mall June 1-5, 2019

Department of the Interior: Yakima Water Plan Is a “Model” and “Holistic”

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, asked the Department of the Interior about its commitment to the Yakima River Basin during a hearing on the president’s FY 2017 budget request. Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael Connor agreed with Sen. Cantwell that the Yakima River Basin plan “is a model for the rest of the nation in water management.”

Energy Costs to Cook Thanksgiving Meal Up to 25% Lower in 2015

“Consumers Energy is thankful to be a part of holiday celebrations across the state as warm Thanksgiving memories are being made, and we are committed to providing many more generations of Michigan families with reliable, affordable energy in all seasons,” said Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy’s vice president and chief customer officer

Agencies Issue Final Rule to Exempt Subset of Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans from Appraisal Requirements

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 13, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Six federal financial regulatory agencies today issued a final rule that creates exemptions from certain appraisal requirements for a subset of higher-priced mortgage loans. The exemptions are intended to save borrowers time and money while still ensuring that the loans are financially sound

Department Enters into Consent Order with Equity Loans, LLC and its owners Eduardo Gutierrez...

Atlanta, Georgia - November 13, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance (“Department”) entered into a Consent Order with Equity Loans, LLC, License Number 23300, located at 1150 Hammond Dr., Building E, Suite 650, Atlanta, Georgia 30328, to resolve allegations pertaining to violations of the Georgia Residential Mortgage Act

Business Real Estate Press Releases

Vulcan Cladding Systems

BUILDING DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE

Architecture shapes our society and is largely influenced by economy, culture, and technology. Architects and building designers are responsible for the built environment, they are creators, and visionaries. But what really goes into Architecture and Building Design?

Recent Gov & Nonprofit Real Estate Press Releases

Vulcan Cladding Systems

BUILDING DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE

Architecture shapes our society and is largely influenced by economy, culture, and technology. Architects and building designers are responsible for the built environment, they are creators, and visionaries. But what really goes into Architecture and Building Design?