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Are You Ready for Canada to be Your New Home?

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Making Canada your new home is an exciting prospect. Known for the stunning scenery, outstanding wildlife viewing opportunities, clean cities, friendly people, and plenty of outdoor activities, Canada is the jewel in the North American continent.
Energy Efficient Mortgage

Get Yourself an Energy Efficient Mortgage

National
Energy efficiency is a buzz word in the real estate industry right now, and not without reason. Following the Paris Agreement drafted at the end of 2015, strategic plans and goals have been defined by countries, cities
USDA

USDA Invests in Community Facilities Improvements for 3.3 Million Rural Americans in 23 States

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that USDA is investing $139 million in 56 projects (PDF, 189 KB) to improve community facilities and provide essential services for 3.3 million rural residents in 23 states.

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASES IN 252 OUT OF 358 METRO AREAS FROM AUGUST 2018 TO...

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Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas and Auburn-Opelika, Ala. Have Largest Gains; Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, N.C., Fairbanks, Alaska, and Longview, Texas Lag the Most as Industry Calls for New Workforce Funding
VA

VA provides Veterans fleeing domestic violence with housing and supportive services

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reminds Veterans nationwide that VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) and Grant and Per Diem (GPD) provide housing and other services for Veterans experiencing domestic violence and intimate partner violence.
NAR

Home Improvement Projects Are Worth Cost and Time, Says Realtor® Survey

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Homeowners who decide to undergo a home improvement project, whether it be interior or exterior modifications, often find that the task was worth the investment and time, according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors®, with insights from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

NRPA Celebrates Its 2019 Parks Build Community Project

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The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and Baltimore City Recreation and Parks (BCRP), along with numerous donors, are excited to announce the revitalization of Catherine Street Park in Baltimore, Maryland. Part of NRPA’s Parks Build Community initiative
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OJO Labs Expands Its Suite of Leading Technology Products with Acquisition of Real Estate...

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OJO Labs, which empowers consumers to make better decisions through its conversational AI (artificial intelligence) platform, “OJO,” acquired Austin-based RealSavvy, a powerful real estate

Best Real Estate Tactics To Make Your House Sale A Success

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A successful house sale can be a great indicator of potential in real estate. After all, it’s not easy to sell a house given today’s economic climate. People want the best deals that guarantee top quality for the least price possible, and that’s not always possible when it comes to houses. When you have a house you want to be sold, you can’t just rely on quick real estate postings and just showing off your house to random people.
EIA

International Energy Outlook 2019 projects nearly 50% increase in world energy usage by 2050,...

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In its International Energy Outlook 2019 (IEO2019), the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that world energy consumption will grow by nearly 50% between 2018 and 2050. EIA projects most of this growth will come from regions where the consumption of energy is driven by strong economic growth
AGC

CONSTRUCTION SPENDING INCHES HIGHER IN AUGUST BUT DECLINES YEAR-TO-DATE AS INCREASE IN PUBLIC CONSTRUCTION...

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Association Survey Finds Projects Take Longer than Anticipated as Contractors Cope with Staffing Challenges; Officials Urge Increased Investment in Career and Technical Education, Greater Immigration for Qualified Workers

Norton to Speak at Navy Yard Apartments Opening

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Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will speak at a ribbon cutting for the Guild apartment building in Navy Yard tomorrow, September 26th, at 11:15 a.m.  The Guild apartment complex is the most recent building completed in the revitalized Navy Yard neighborhood, which is a key mixed-use development project in the Capital Riverfront neighborhood
NIBS

International Code Council Secures Title Sponsorship for NIBS Annual Meeting

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The International Code Council aims to put a big stamp on the Building Innovation 2020 Conference & Expo in April.The National Institute of Building Sciences recently signed with ICC for the presenting sponsorship of BI2020.

Public Notice: Public Comment Period for Hazard Mitigation Grant for Buyout and Elevation of...

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As part of New Hanover County’s Long Term Hurricane Recovery Plan, New Hanover County applied on behalf of residents for buyout of their properties, or elevation of their properties, that had extensive damage from Hurricane Florence. The county also applied for funding to address stormwater drainage to help improve the flow of streams and creeks in our area.
MBA

Multifamily Lending Jumped 19 Percent to Record High $339.2 Billion in 2018

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Favorable market conditions helped spur a 19 percent increase in multifamily lending in 2018 to a new high in dollar volume, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) annual report of the multifamily lending market.
MBA

Commercial and Multifamily Mortgage Delinquencies Remain Low in the Second Quarter of 2019

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Commercial and multifamily mortgage delinquencies remained low in the second quarter of 2019, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) latest Commercial/Multifamily Delinquency Report.

Buying a Fixer-Upper? 4 Ways to Pay for Renovation Work

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There’s no doubt that buying a home for the first time can be an expensive situation to be in. But, many new homeowners say that saving up for a deposit and giving up on luxuries for a little while is definitely worth the effort. Many first time homeowners opt to buy older homes in need of some renovation in order to save money on the overall price, but if you’re planning to do this, don’t forget to factor in the cost of renovating your home and getting it to where you want it to be.
NAHB

New Home Sales Post Solid Gains in August

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Sales of newly built, single-family homes increased 7.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 713,000 units in August off a revised upward reading in July, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Robust U.S economy not a boost for black homeownership

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In spite of a robust U.S. economy, a strong employment rate, and steadily increasing 401(k) plan earnings, Black homeownership rates continue to drop. Drawing from the 2019 release of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers
7-Eleven in Sarasota

Hanley Investment Group Completes Sale of 7-Eleven in Sarasota, Florida for $2.3 Million, 5%...

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Hanley Investment Group Real Estate Advisors, a nationally recognized real estate brokerage and advisory firm specializing in retail property sales, announced today that the firm has arranged the sale of a single-tenant 7-Eleven gas station and convenience

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HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD OFFERS $112 MILLION TO EXPAND AFFORDABLE HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOW-INCOME PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that there is a combined $112 million available to expand the supply of permanent affordable housing for very low-income persons with disabilities.
EPA

EPA commemorates $640 million in water infrastructure loans to Tualatin Valley Water District and...

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator for the Pacific Northwest Chris Hladick joined the Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) and the city of Hillsboro
SEIA

Over 300 Communities in 40 States Now “Open for Solar Business”

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From Anchorage, Alaska, to Sarasota, Florida, more than 300 local governments have now met national benchmarks for encouraging the growth of solar energy and removing barriers to solar market development.
NAR

Rising Financial Wealth Boosts Demand for Vacation Homes

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Increased financial wealth and low mortgage rates boosted the demand for and price of vacation homes, according to the National Association of Realtors® 2019 U.S. Vacation Home Counties Report
Enterprise Community Partners

ENTERPRISE LAUNCHES UNPRECEDENTED DISASTER RECOVERY AND RESILIENCE MANUAL

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 Keep Safe: A Guide for Resilient Housing Design in Island Communities, a first-of-its-kind illustrated manual developed in response to the devastation of Hurricane Maria in collaboration with over 150 experts from across Puerto Rico

Houston’s Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene Launches New iBuyer Platform

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Zavvie announces new partnership with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene (“Gary Greene”), the top real estate brokerages in the Greater Houston Metropolitan
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Hanley Investment Group Completes Sale of New-Construction Single-Tenant Bank of America and CRAVE at...

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Hanley Investment Group Real Estate Advisors, a nationally recognized real estate brokerage and advisory firm specializing in retail property sales, announced today that the firm arranged the sale of a two-tenant retail property occupied by Bank
Why Is My House Not Selling

Why Is My House Not Selling and What Can I Do?

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If you are most people—having your home sitting on the market, not selling, and becoming a real estate white elephant is a source of stress and concern. It can also be highly inconvenient, which of course leads you to ask 'why is my house not selling'?
Property Management Company

Benefits of Working With a Property Management Company

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Yes, owning a rental property can be a great investment. It’s a way to build wealth over the long term, and can potentially provide regular income on a monthly basis.
MBA

Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

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Mortgage applications increased 5.2 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending October 4, 2019.
MBA

Mortgage Credit Availability Increased in September

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Mortgage credit availability increased in September according to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) that analyzes data from Ellie Mae's AllRegs® Market Clarity® business information tool.
CSBS

State Mortgage Regulators Call for Simplified Data Transfer Process for Loan Origination Software Users

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Washington, DC -- State regulators are encouraging industry to integrate state-developed data standards with mortgage loan origination systems, said the Conference of State Bank...
VA

VA completes home loan funding fee refund initiative

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WASHINGTON - (RealEstateRama) - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently completed an aggressive initiative to process home loan funding fee refunds to Veteran borrowers,...
USDA

USDA Invests in Rural Electric Infrastructure Improvements in 13 States

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Investments will Benefit Nearly 231,000 Residents and Businesses WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2019 - (RealEstateRama) - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald...
5 Services Homeowners

5 Services Homeowners Need to Know About

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Owning a home is a huge responsibility. There is no landlord responsible for fixing any problems. It’s in the owners’ hands which means keeping a house clean and maintained is up to the homeowners.  

6 Things You Should Know Before Shopping for a Home

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Life is filled to the brim with big decisions. Buying a home — especially if it’s your first — is one of the biggest ones there is — emotionally and financially. Unless you’re buying a newly built home, the home you are considering buying could have had one or a whole string of previous owners before you came along.
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD AWARDS NEARLY $43 MILLION IN HOUSING COUNSELING GRANTS

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $42.8 million in housing counseling grants to help approximately one million Americans make more informed housing choices, keep their current homes, or receive assistance
Center for Biological Diversity

Opponents of Proposed Resolution Copper Mine, Land Exchange Hold News Conference Before Public Hearing

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The Apache Stronghold and allies will deliver public comments Tuesday opposing the Resolution Copper mine, which would destroy a sacred site for the Apache people. The group will hold a news conference before Tuesday’s
FEMA

Finding Assistance after Tropical Storm Imelda

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Are you a Texas homeowner or renter whose home is damaged or uninhabitable because of damage caused by Tropical Storm Imelda? Resources are available to help get you on the road to recovery.
SEIA

SEIA and Kentucky Solar Industries Association Formalize Affiliate Partnership

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The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association for the U.S. solar energy industry, announced today that the Kentucky Solar Industries Association (KYSEIA) is now a formal SEIA state affiliate

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BLM NAMES VETERAN LAND MANAGER TO LEAD CALIFORNIA STATE OFFICE

California
The Bureau of Land Management today announced that Karen Mouritsen has been named the new California State Director—a key leadership position based in Sacramento. As State Director, Mouritsen will direct a team that manages lands encompassing 15% of the Golden State’s total land mass
USDOJ

California Real Estate Developer Convicted of Making Conduit Contributions in Two U.S. Congressional Campaigns

California
Today, a federal jury found an Oakland-area real estate developer guilty for funneling tens of thousands of dollars through straw donors into two consecutive congressional campaigns

NYS OASAS ANNOUNCES OPENING OF NEW RECOVERY CENTER IN NEW YORK CITY

New York
The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) today announced the opening of the new JLC Recovery and Wellness Center in New York City. JLC is operated by Exponents Inc. and provides free help and support services for people affected by addiction and for their families.

Robust U.S economy not a boost for black homeownership

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In spite of a robust U.S. economy, a strong employment rate, and steadily increasing 401(k) plan earnings, Black homeownership rates continue to drop. Drawing from the 2019 release of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers
DOI

Share Secretary Bernhardt Inspects Key Water and Power Facility in Western Colorado

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt inspected a key piece of national water infrastructure at Morrow Point Dam, located on the Gunnison...

Laura Derrick named 2019 South Carolina REALTOR® of the Year

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South Carolina REALTOR® (SCR) member, past president and Realtor® at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Columbia, was named the association’s 2019 REALTOR® of the Year at its annual conference at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston on September 11, 2019.
FEMA

Impacted by Recent Flooding, Tornadoes and Severe Storms? Here’s How to Apply for FEMA...

Mississippi
Mississippi households in eight counties impacted by the storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding beginning on February 22 and continuing to March 29, 2019 are eligible to apply for federal disaster assistance to help
Miami’s Real Estate Industry

The Wizards of OZ: A Discussion about Opportunity Zone Investment

Florida
Last week CREW Miami (Commercial Real Estate Women) held its September lunch program, The Wizards of OZ hosting a panel of experts who discussed and answered questions about recent Opportunity Zone transactions

August Housing Stats for DC and Montgomery County

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GCAAR is pleased to present its market information through a partnership with ShowingTime RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI). Look to GCAAR as your source for comprehensive market data on the Washington, DC metro area market.

5 Popular Spots To Visit in Riverside, California.

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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

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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

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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

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NAHB

New Home Sales Decline in May

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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

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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

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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?

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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...

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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...

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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

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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

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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

Recent Gov & Nonprofit Real Estate Press Releases

HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD OFFERS $112 MILLION TO EXPAND AFFORDABLE HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOW-INCOME...

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that there is a combined $112 million available to expand the supply of permanent affordable housing for very low-income persons with disabilities.