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Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications increased 3.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 3, 2017. The previous week's results included an adjustment for the President's Day holiday.
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Hanley Investment Group Arranges Sale of Single-Tenant NNN Rite Aid in Menifee, Calif., for...

Hanley Investment Group Real Estate Advisors, a nationally-recognized real estate brokerage and advisory firm specializing in retail property sales, arranged the sale of a new single-tenant absolute net-lease Rite Aid property located at 28995 Newport Road in Menifee, Calif.
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Colorado startup zavvie helps real estate agents dominate their neighborhoods

From Denver to Colorado Springs, Boulder to Fort Collins, zavvie - a new Colorado real estate startup - is offering to turn top producing real estate agents into the “Digital Mayor” of their neighborhoods.
Calmwater Capital


Calmwater Capital, a Los Angeles-based provider of commercial real estate debt, has originated a senior secured term loan to Edwards Companies for its acquisition and redevelopment of a 362,720-square-foot office building in Downtown Columbus, Ohio. The sponsor plans to redevelop the property, located at 155 E. Broad St., into a mixed-use property comprising residential, office and hotel space.
Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Permanently Authorize, Fully Fund the Land and Water Conservation...

U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and 20 other senators introduced bipartisan legislation to permanently authorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which conserves and promotes access to America’s national parks, forests and public lands. After expiring for the first time in 50 years, Congress voted in December 2015 to extend the program’s authorization for only three years.
Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Chairman Murkowski and Ranking Member Cantwell Announce Upcoming Energy Infrastructure Hearing

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a hearing on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. EST in Room 366 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.
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The Senate passed H.J. Res. 44 (Rep. Liz Cheney, WY-at large), a joint resolution...

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will host a “Norton in Your Neighborhood” conversation in conjunction with Advisory Neighborhood Commission 8A this evening, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., at the District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development (1800 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE).
Natural Resources

Bishop Statement on Senate Passage of the CRA to Overturn BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule

The Senate passed H.J. Res. 44 (Rep. Liz Cheney, WY-at large), a joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Planning 2.0 rule.

NREL Industry Growth Forum Connects Clean Energy Startups and Investors

Clean energy innovation will be on display April 13 and 14 in Denver, Colorado, as 30 small businesses present their business cases to a panel of investors and industry experts as the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) hosts its annual Industry Growth Forum.

NAR Survey Finds Gen X on the Mend; More Children Living with Millennials and...

An improving economy, multiple years of strong job growth and the notable increase in home values in most markets fueled a greater share of purchases from Generation X households over the past year.

NREL Seeks Participants for 2017 National Executive Energy Leadership Program

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is now accepting applications for its 2017 Executive Energy Leadership Program. NREL's Executive Energy Leadership Program, also known as Energy Execs, provides non-technical business, governmental

Northwest Bank, Buffalo Niagara Community Reinvestment Coalition, and National Community Reinvestment Coalition Announce $101.97...

Today, in an agreement reached with the Buffalo Niagara Community Reinvestment Coalition (BNCRC), a National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) community-based coalition in the Buffalo, NY metropolitan area, Northwest Bank announced a commitment of $101.97 million for community development, including lending and investments.

Statement from Diane Yentel, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition,...

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) commends Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), along with original cosponsors which include Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Dean Heller (R-NV)

Report Prepared by Over 60 National Organizations Underscores the Importance of Affordable Housing and...

A Place to Call Home: The Case for Increased Federal Investments in Affordable Housing, a new report released today by the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) and the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), compiles the latest research that shows how investments in affordable housing boost economic mobility, reduce poverty and homelessness, improve health outcomes, and strengthen the economy.

MBA Announces New Strategic Alliance with Lenders One

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) announced today a new strategic alliance with the Lenders One® Cooperative that will provide new benefits to both MBA and Lenders One member companies.

NAHMA Welcomes Ben Carson as New HUD Secretary

The National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) congratulates Dr. Ben Carson on his March 2 confirmation as secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

AWEA statement on Rick Perry’s confirmation as Secretary of Energy

The following is a statement from Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) on Rick Perry’s confirmation as Secretary of Energy: “Secretary Perry’s leadership on wind energy infrastructure as governor of Texas helped attract tens of billions of dollars in private investment to rural communities, and create over 25,000 wind jobs in the state.
Financial Services Committee

Committee Hearing Schedule for the Week of March 6

Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) today announced the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance will hold a hearing on March 9 at 10 a.m. to examine the National Flood Insurance Program and potential reforms.

VA partnership provides community organizations with path to support homeless Veterans

Military Outreach USA, a partner of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), recently launched a program to encourage communities to connect with local VA facilities and help VA provide support to homeless or recently homeless Veterans and their families.

National Institute of Building Sciences Reaffirms Commitment to UN Global Compact

Earlier this week, the National Institute of Building Sciences issued a Communication on Engagement (COE) reaffirming its support to the world’s largest corporate responsibility initiative, the United Nations (UN) Global Compact.

Two Weeks to Go before BSSC Webinar on Precast Concrete

Don’t miss the second webinar in the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) 2017 series. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the free webinars highlight the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for Buildings and Other Structures, as well as its supporting materials, FEMA P-1051 Design Examples and FEMA P-1052 Training Materials.

MBA Statement on Dr. Ben Carson Being Confirmed as HUD Secretary

Statement by MBA President & CEO David Stevens on the U.S. Senate approving the nomination of Dr. Ben Carson to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development

Register for Free Water Week Web Seminar on March 7!

Register today for a free webcast for attendees and anyone interested in attending the 2017 National Water Policy Fly-In in Washington, DC. The webcast will be held on March 7 from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET. Please note that this is a new time for the webinar on March 7.

Trump Address Mentions Clean Water; Work Needed to Tie it to Federal Infrastructure Initiative

President Donald Trump delivered his first address to Congress Tuesday night and called for help in rebuilding the nation's infrastructure.  While the President noted the importance of promoting clean air and clean water, he did not specifically mention investment in water as one of his key areas of planned infrastructure investment. This omission highlights the need for the municipal clean water community to continuing making a strong case for federal water infrastructure investments, especially as part of the upcoming advocacy in Washington, DC around Water Week

Apartment Industry Response to Dr. Ben Carson Being Confirmed as HUD Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (RealEstateRama) -- Statement from the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) and National Apartment Association (NAA) following Dr. Ben Carson’s confirmation as...

DHCD Announces DC Housing Finance Agency as New HPAP Co-Administrator

The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is pleased to announce that on March 1 the DC Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA) began operations as co-administrator of the Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP). DCHFA joins the Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL) as a second administrator.

Senate Confirms Carson Nomination as Realtors® Look to Opportunities and Challenges Ahead

The U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Ben Carson as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development today with a roll call vote of 58-41. National Association of Realtors® President William E. Brown, a second-generation Realtor® from Alamo, California and founder of Investment Properties, said Realtors® will work closely with Secretary Carson to support homeownership and real estate investment

DHCD Announces DCHFA as New HPAP Co-Administrator

The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is pleased to announce that on March 1 the DC Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA) began operations as coadministrator of the Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP). DCHFA joins the Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL) as a second administrator

Perry Confirmation Gives Polluters a New Dance Partner at the Department of Energy, Says...

Christy Goldfuss, Vice President for Energy and Environment Policy at the Center for American Progress, released the following statement today after the U.S. Senate confirmed former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) as secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy

NLIHC Statement on the Confirmation of Dr. Ben Carson as Secretary of Housing and...

Today, in response to the confirmation of Dr. Ben Carson as secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) President and CEO Diane Yentel made the following statement



BEST5 Technical Committee Issues Call for Abstracts

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) and the Building Enclosure Council – Philadelphia are seeking abstracts for papers for presentation at the fifth BEST Conference Building Enclosure Science and Technology™ (BEST5), to be held April 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.




Forty-three states added construction jobs between February 2016 and February 2017 while 39 states added construction jobs between January and February, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data released today. Association officials noted that the despite the relatively widespread increase in construction employment, most states are still significantly below peak construction employment levels