Natural Resources

Panel: Expanding Offshore Access a Boon for Coastal Communities, Integral to Future Energy Security

The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on federal offshore oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Panel members discussed the benefits of expanding access to the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Pacific and Alaska for coastal communities, job creation nationally, and increased revenues for both states and the U.S. Treasury.
NIBS

Next BSSC Webinar Will Look at New Ground Motion Requirements of ASCE 7-16

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host a special webinar to address the newest ground motion requirements of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)/Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) standard, ASCE 7-16: Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the free webinar, “New Site-Specific Ground Motion Requirements of ASCE 7-16,” is scheduled for Friday, July 28, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT).
ABC National

Broad Business Coalition Seeks Rollback of New Joint Employer Standard

Coalition to Save Local Businesses Executive Director Michael Layman released the below statement on today’s House Education and the Workforce full committee hearing exploring the impact of the NLRB’s expanded joint employer standard
ASE

Alliance To Save Energy Calls On Lawmakers To Reject Spending Bill

The Alliance to Save Energy on Wednesday called on lawmakers to reject a proposed House Energy and Water Appropriations bill that would cut federal energy efficiency programs by nearly 50 percent. The bill is slated for a vote in the House Appropriations Committee Wednesday morning
DOE

Energy Department Announces $46.2 Million for 48 Projects to Advance Solar Power Technologies

The Department of Energy announced $46.2 million for 48 projects as part of its SunShot Initiative. These projects are intended to develop innovative, early-stage solar power technologies, which are aimed at lowering costs and improving reliability and efficiency.
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 2017 HEALTHY HOMES AWARDS

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD) and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) today announced that four model programs around the nation are recipients of the HUD Secretary's Award for Healthy Homes, an award recognizing excellence in making indoor environments healthier through healthy homes. For the third consecutive year, HUD and NEHA identified outstanding local programs that promote healthier housing through
NAR

84 Percent of Americans See Homeownership as Good Investment, Affordability a Growing Concern

According to the National Association of Realtors®’ 2017 National Housing Pulse Survey, concerns over housing affordability show clear demographic divides especially among unmarried and non-white Americans. More than five out of 10 unmarried and non-white Americans view the lack of available affordable housing as a big problem, compared to only 40 percent of married and white Americans.
NAR

REach® Technology Accelerator Named Among Best in Nation

REach®, the growth technology accelerator operated by the National Association of Realtors®’ strategic investment arm, Second Century Ventures, was recently named among the top 30 accelerators in the U.S. by the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project, or SARP.
Appraisal Institute

Valuation Professional Receives Unique Honor from Appraisal Institute

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today announced it has – for the first time – bestowed its residential review designation to a previously non-Designated member.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton Submits Testimony on Her Amendment to Give D.C. Mayor Local Authority Over D.C....

The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today released Norton’s testimony on her amendment to the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 2810) to give the District of Columbia home-rule authority over the D.C. National Guard. Norton filed her amendment at the House Rules Committee, which is considering H.R. 2810 tomorrow.
ABI

ABI’s Delaware “Views from the Bankruptcy Bench” Program on Sept. 13 Features Dynamic Sessions...

The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) and the Delaware State Bar Association are partnering once again to present the Delaware “Views from the Bankruptcy Bench” program on Sept. 13. Featuring the perspectives of judges of the Delaware bankruptcy bench and leading bankruptcy practitioners, the program will take place at the historic Hotel du Pont in downtown Wilmington.
NREL

Study Shows India Can Integrate 175 GW of Renewable Energy into Its Electricity Grid

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has confirmed the technical and economic viability of integrating 175 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy into India's grid by 2022.
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD’S MORTGAGEE REVIEW BOARD SUSPENDS SECKEL CAPITAL, LLC

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced that the Department's Mortgagee Review Board (MRB) is immediately suspending Pennsylvania-based mortgage lender Seckel Capital, LLC from originating and underwriting new mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). In addition, HUD's Departmental Enforcement Center suspended owner John Seckel from doing business with the Federal government
Arbys Green Bay WI

The Boulder Group Arranges Sale of Net Lease Arby’s Restaurant Property

The Boulder Group, a net leased investment brokerage firm, has completed the sale of a single tenant net leased Arby’s Restaurant located at 1911 Main Street in Green Bay, Wisconsin for $1,080,000.
bookmain

America’s Favorite Home Inspector Dylan Chalk Wins National Book Award

Seattle area home inspector and first-time author Dylan Chalk has won America’s top contest for real estate authors, receiving the Silver Award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) 11th Annual Robert Buss Real Estate Book Awards for “The Confident House Hunter: A Home Inspector’s Tips for Finding Your Perfect House” (Cedar Fort, Inc. Publishers, July 2016)
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton, Bowser, and Home-Rule Coalition Stake Out Defense of D.C. Laws In Face of...

The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) released Norton’s prepared remarks in advance of a press conference today with District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser and a national coalition working to protect local D.C. laws from being blocked or overturned by a record number of riders and threats of interference during the fiscal year 2018 appropriations process.
Habitat

Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter help build 150 homes across Canada with Habitat for Humanity

Thousands of volunteers are joining Habitat for Humanity’s 34th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Canada to build 150 homes in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.
Center for American Progress

What Governors Need to Know About the Department of Energy’s Forthcoming Electricity Grid Study

The U.S. Department of Energy, led by Secretary Rick Perry, is soon due to release a report on the electricity grid and the role of “baseload power.” Ahead of the report’s release, the Center for American Progress has released a new column outlining what governors need to know about Perry’s grid study and the potential impact on states’ electricity systems and markets, utility commissions, public health and clean air, and jobs.
AARP

As Senate Returns to Washington, AARP Continues to Bring Pressure at Home

AARP released new television and radio ads urging five US Senators to oppose the health care bill. The new ads come as the Senate reconvenes following an Independence Day work period that further cemented the public’s desire to scrap a bill that would mean higher costs and less coverage.
ACE LA Team

KTGY Architecture + Planning Completes Sixth School Year Mentoring High School Students in Los...

International award-winning KTGY Architecture + Planning announced today the firm’s Los Angeles office has completed its sixth year of teaching and mentoring students attending Bell High School in the City of Bell, Calif.
MobilityWorks Niles, IL

The Boulder Group Arranges Sale of Single Tenant Net Leased MobilityWorks in the Chicago...

The Boulder Group, a net leased investment brokerage firm, has completed the sale of a single tenant net leased MobilityWorks property located at 9207 N Milwaukee Avenue in Niles, Illinois for $2,490,000.
LA Fitness Montebello

Hanley Investment Group Completes Sale of Single-Tenant LA Fitness in Los Angeles

Hanley Investment Group Real Estate Advisors, a nationally-recognized real estate brokerage and advisory firm specializing in retail property sales, has completed the sale of a single-tenant net-lease retail investment occupied by LA Fitness in Montebello, California. The price could not be disclosed.
AssetColumn

Successful House Flipping Strategies

House flipping is quite a recent way of making money in real estate. Most people prefer it since it brings them lots of money in a short time. According to some investors, this type of business can be very lucrative if you know what you’re doing. Click here if you want to find out more about real estate deals that can help you with successfully flipping a house.
ABI

Third-Party Litigation, Malpractice and Intersection of Bankruptcy and Family Law Among Issues to Be...

ABI’s popular 25th Annual Southwest Bankruptcy Conference will be held Sept. 7-9 at the iconic Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, Calif. An outstanding faculty of leading judges, noted academics and prominent industry professionals will present sessions on a variety of topics for both consumer and business practitioners.
CHAPA

Conference Committee Releases FY2018 State Budget

The conference committee of leaders from the House and Senate released their FY2018 budget(link is external). For a table showing CHAPA's budget priorities in the conference budget, please click here(link is external).
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton to Host Press Conference with Mayor Bowser and National Organizations to Defend D.C....

The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today announced that Norton will host a press conference with District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser and a coalition of national organizations to protect D.C.’s local laws during the fiscal year 2018 appropriations process on Monday, July 10, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., in HVC-215 (Capitol Visitor Center.  With the help of coalition partners, Norton has been able to turn back most of the riders before. 
MBA

MBA Statement Regarding Updated Know Before You Owe Rule

David H. Stevens, President & CEO Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), released the following statement regarding the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finalized updates to its "Know Before You Owe" mortgage disclosure rule
Kmart Harrison OH

The Boulder Group Arranges Sale of Single Tenant Net Leased Kmart

The Boulder Group, a net leased investment brokerage firm, has completed the sale of a single tenant net leased Kmart property located at 10560 Harrison Avenue in Harrison, Ohio for $3,050,000.
AGC

CONSTRUCTION SECTOR ADDS 16,000 JOBS IN JUNE FOLLOWING THREE-MONTH LULL AS INDUSTRY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE...

Construction employment increased by 16,000 jobs in June to the highest level since October 2008, signaling a new burst of hiring after three months of pause, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials urged federal, state and local lawmakers to enact measures to make it easier for school officials, local associations and construction firms to set up construction training programs.
USDA

Justice Department Resolves Allegations of Housing Discrimination Involving North Attleboro Apartment Complex

The Justice Department announced today that it has reached a settlement agreement with J & R Associates, the owner and operator of the Royal Park Apartments, a 224-unit multi-family housing complex in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. The settlement resolves allegations that J & R Associates discriminated against tenants of South Asian descent in violation of the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits housing discrimination on the basis of race and national origin.

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NAHB

Single-Family Housing Starts Bounce Back in June

Nationwide housing starts rose 8.3 percent in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.22 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. Single-family production increased 6.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 849,000 units from a below-trend May reading of 799,000, while multifamily starts rose 13.3 percent to 366,000. Single-family production was at its second-highest rate this year.

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New Home Sales Data

TEXAS NEW HOME PRICES INCREASE, SALES PACE SHOW SIGNS OF SLOWING

New home sales prices are increasing, and the pace of new home sales are showing signs of slowing in the four largest homebuilding markets in Texas, but total new home sales remain solid, according to the HomesUSA.com® New Homes Sales Index and other new home sales data released today.