Ginnie Mae

Ginnie Mae Outlines Action on VA Refinance Speeds

In a letter today to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ginnie Mae outlines its actions to curb VA refinance speeds and aggressive marketing by some VA approved lenders. As Ginnie Mae notes in its letter, rapid refinance and loan churning was recognized as a problem in its VA portfolio last year. This led to Ginnie Mae’s initial measures to change its program rules to address the issue. These initial measures were successful in stopping these practices with many lenders.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton Headway on Anti-Home-Rule Riders Gives Her Momentum for Removing Most of Them From...

Although the fiscal year 2018 D.C. Appropriations bill passed by the House today contains five anti-home-rule riders, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said she believes she will be able to keep most of them out of the final spending bill, which must be passed by December 8. The Senate version of the fiscal year 2018 D.C. Appropriations bill has not been introduced, but even under Republican control the last two fiscal years, the bill has contained zero anti-home-rule riders

Interior Announces $62 Million Construction Contract on Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project

The Department of the Interior announced today that the Bureau of Reclamation is awarding a construction contract of almost $62 million for part of the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project in New Mexico to increase the supply of clean drinking water to surrounding communities.

Silver Spring Water Main Replacement Project Update

Following work to identify and mark all underground utilities, WSSC will begin to mobilize heavy equipment along US 29 (Colesville Road) in Silver Spring on Monday, September 18, weather permitting. Crews will begin excavating near the intersection of MD 97 (Georgia Avenue) and Colesville Road, moving north towards I-495 (Capital Beltway).

NMHC/NAA Statement on Pam Patenaude’s Confirmation as Deputy Secretary of HUD

Statement from the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) and National Apartment Association (NAA) following Pam Patenaude’s confirmation as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Pam Patenaude Right Choice for HUD Deputy Secretary, Say Realtors®

The U.S. Senate today approved the nomination of Pam Patenaude as deputy secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Following is a statement from NAR President William E. Brown on the vote

Yes In My Backyard: New Urban Land Institute Report Outlines How States and Cities...

State governments, in partnership with cities and other local jurisdictions, can and should do more to promote housing development and choice through smarter local land use policies and incentives, according to a new Urban Land Institute (ULI) report, Yes in My Backyard.

VA to make beds available where possible to non-Veteran nursing home residents affected by...

U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin announced that VA is making beds available where possible to non-Veteran nursing home residents affected by Hurricane Irma
Homeownership a Common Interest

Homeownership a Common Interest, Deserves Protection in Tax Reform Debate

Tax reform done right could yield savings and simplification that benefits average Americans, but history shows that misguided reforms can pose significant threats to the economy. That’s the message the National Association of REALTORS® brought to Congress today as Iona Harrison, chair of NAR’s Federal Taxation Committee
Park House

KTGY Architecture + Planning Receives Two AIA Orange County Design Awards for Residential Planned...

International award-winning firm KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce that KTGY’s design and planning were honored at the American Institute of Architects Orange County Chapter (AIAOC) 2017 Design Awards last night. The AIAOC Design Awards program recognizes innovative solutions to the complex problems of today’s architectural environment in Orange County or by Orange County architects.
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $55.2 million to 77 Native American tribes throughout the country to improve housing conditions and to stimulate economic development in their communities. HUD's Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program is a competitive program that supports a wide range of community development and affordable housing activities, from new housing for individual families to community amenities like rec centers or water lines.

MBA Applauds Senate for Confirming Pam Patenaude

David H. Stevens, CMB, President & CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), released a statement following the Senate confirmation of Pam Patenaude to be the Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

NAHB Commends Confirmation of Pamela Patenaude as HUD Deputy Secretary

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, issued the following statement on the Senate confirmation of Pamela Patenaude as deputy secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development

MBA’s RIHA Releases Special Report on Managing Mortgage Product Development Risk

The Mortgage Bankers Association's Research Institute for Housing America (RIHA) today released a new special report, Managing Mortgage Product Development Risk." The report "recommends a more formalized approach to assessing mortgage product risk that takes into account both product and process risk." It was authored by Clifford V. Rossi, Executive in Resident and Professor at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland.

VA Awards Grants to Help Homeless and At-risk Veterans and Families

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it has awarded $343 million in grants to 288 nonprofit organizations to help low-income Veterans and their families. The grants were awarded under VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.
Mercy Housing


Mercy Housing, the largest affordable housing nonprofit in the country, announced today that it has upgraded six of its California properties with efficiency measures that will reduce the amount of energy and water consumed in the buildings. The upgrades were supported by Mercy Housing’s Green Hope sustainability program, designed to reduce consumption of natural resources, reduce waste, and create healthier living environments with no reduction in quality of service to the resi
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


U.S. Housing and Urban Development today announced HUD will speed federal disaster assistance to the State of Florida and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes due to Hurricane Irma.
Walgreens Lakemoor IL

The Boulder Group Arranges Sale of Single Tenant Net Leased Walgreens

The Boulder Group, a net leased investment brokerage firm, has completed the sale of a single tenant net leased Walgreens property located at 28895 West Highway 120 in Lakemoor, Illinois for $7,250,000.

RESO Unveils Real Estate DataComp: $25,000 in Cash Prizes for Tech Start-Ups

The Real Estate Standards Organization, or RESO, has revealed the 2017 RESO DataComp its first-ever data competition sponsored by Realtors Property Resource®, will begin on September 17, at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time, culminating in live demonstration before a distinguished panel of industry judges from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time on October 17 at the Pendry Hotel in San Diego, during the RESO fall conference.

Joint Employer Bill Would Provide Clarity and Certainty to Small Businesses

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) today urged Congress to pass the bipartisan Save Local Business Act, legislation that would boost housing affordability and provide small businesses certainty and predictability by clarifying under law what constitutes a joint employer

MBA Releases White Paper, “CFPB 2.0: Advancing Consumer Protection”

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) today released a new white paper, prepared for MBA by the law firm of Covington and Burling, entitled CFPB 2.0: Advancing Consumer Protection. The paper examines the approach of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) during its first five years of undertaking enforcement actions in key areas--including actions that clearly departed from prior published interpretations-without providing sufficient supervisory guidance to the industry in advance.

NAHB Commends Nomination of Brian Montgomery as FHA Commissioner

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s nomination of Brian Montgomery to run the Federal Housing Administration (FHA)

Statement on Brian Montgomery Being Nominated to Lead the FHA

David H. Stevens, CMB, President and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), made the following statement about President Trump nominating Brian Montgomery to be the next Federal Housing Commissioner at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton Gets Home-Rule Provision Included in Committee-Passed Presidential Pension Bill

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s (D-DC) home-rule provision to change a 1958 law that treated the District of Columbia government as a part of the federal government, as it was then, was included in a bill passed today by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (OGR).

Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications increased 9.9 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending September 8, 2017. This week's results included an adjustment for the Labor Day holiday.

August New Home Purchase Mortgage Applications Increased 6.8 Percent Year over Year

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for August 2017 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases increased 6.8 percent compared to August 2016. Compared to July 2017, applications increased by 7 percent relative to the previous month. This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns.
Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Department of Energy Awards Grants to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) applauded the Department of Energy’s (DOE) announcement that the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will receive grants to develop new cybersecurity technologies and tools and strengthen grid resilience.

NREL Report Shows Utility-Scale Solar PV System Cost Fell Nearly 30% Last Year

The installed cost of solar power fell to record lows in the first quarter of 2017 because of the continuing decline in photovoltaic (PV) module and inverter prices, higher module efficiency, and lower labor costs, according to an analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Outlook Remains Bright for Commercial Real Estate Despite Price Plateau

Commercial real estate price growth in large markets is expected to flatten over the next year, but strong leasing demand and investor appetite in smaller markets should keep the sector on solid ground, according to the latest National Association of Realtors® quarterly commercial real estate forecast
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The Boulder Group Arranges Sale of Single Tenant Net Leased Advance Auto Parts in...

The Boulder Group, a net leased investment brokerage firm, has completed the sale of a single tenant net leased Advance Auto Parts located at 1386 Butterfield Road in Aurora, Illinois for $2,150,000. The Advance Auto Parts property is located just off of the heavily trafficked signalized intersection of Kirk Road and Butterfield Road.

Popular Government & Nonprofit Press Releases

Kennedy Wilson Represents Seller in the Sale of Notable San Diego...

Global real estate investment and services firm, Kennedy Wilson , has negotiated a two-part sale of the ground lease and underlying fee interest in land located at 1420 Kettner Blvd. in the Little Italy submarket of San Diego, California. The seven-story building is comprised of approximately 123,000 square feet of commercial office space and sits on a 2.6-acre parcel of land.

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Secretary Zinke Announces $94.3 Million to States for Parks and Outdoor...

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced that $94.3 million will be distributed for outdoor recreation and conservation projects to the 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is funded through offshore oil and gas leasing. These funds are awarded through federal matching grants that leverage public and private investment in America’s state and local public parks.