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CEDIA Announces Home Technology Professional Awards Finalists

CEDIA has announced finalists for the Home Technology Professional Awards competition which honors the best projects completed by home technology professional members in the past year. The finalists in individual project categories include three projects in the media room category, two projects in innovative solution, nine projects in integrated home, and six projects in best home theater.

RE/MAX Launches Apple Watch App

RE/MAX, a global franchisor of real estate brokerage services (NYSE: RMAX), is launching a consumer app for the Apple Watch. Now available in the Apple App Store, RE/MAX Real Estate Search offers location-based search capabilities with scrollable for-sale listing details and agent contact links

U.S. Housing Markets Strengthen

Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today released its updated Multi-Indicator Market Index® (MiMi®) showing the U.S. housing market continuing to slowly stabilize with two additional states, Arkansas and Tennessee, and four additional metro areas entering their outer range of stable housing activity: Omaha, Nebraska; Scranton, Pennsylvania; Chattanooga, Tennessee and Madison, Wisconsin.

Ten Years After Hurricane Katrina, Award-Winning New Orleans Tech Company 365 Connect Symbolizes the Changing Economy

Ten years ago, in a small office in downtown New Orleans, a start-up that had thrust itself into bringing some high-tech tools into the low-tech world of multi-family housing was about to have its world turned upside down. News reports were pouring in that Hurricane Katrina was headed for the Gulf Coast, and New Orleans was dead in its sight. Forecasters were predicting that it was going to be the worst storm in centuries, but most native New Orleanians remained unfazed— as hurricanes are part of living on the Gulf Coast.

KTGY Architecture+Planning Expands National Presence and Opens New Chicago Office

Award-winning national architecture and planning firm KTGY Group, Inc., answering the strong demand for innovative design solutions in Chicago, announced today that it has opened a new office in downtown Chicago, IL to expand its services in the mid-western United States. The new studio will be headed by veteran designers Craig R. Pryde, AIA, LEED AP and David M. Kennedy, AIA, LEED AP, former principals of PPK Architects, as principals of the new studio.

Franklin Street Adds Valuation Business Through Acquisition of Tampa-Based Tropical Realty Appraisal Services

Franklin Street has taken another major step toward their tactical growth plan of being a national, full-service commercial real estate firm. The company will now offer real estate valuation and advisory services to its growing client list through the acquisition of Tropical Realty Appraisal Services based in Tampa. Tropical Realty Appraisal Services has been in business since 1988 and provides real estate valuation services throughout the United States with offices in Tampa, Miami, Atlanta and Key West.

TIAA-CREF, AP1 & AP2 Create Strategic Joint Venture to Invest in European Office Properties

TIAA-CREF, a leading financial services provider, and the Swedish National Pension Funds AP1 and AP2 have agreed to combine forces in a new joint venture to create a leading, pan-European office investment platform. TIAA-CREF’s affiliate, TH Real Estate, brought the parties together and will manage the vehicle on the investors’ behalf, providing investment and asset management services.

Where Are Future Homebuyers Hiding? In Single-Family Rental Properties

New Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) research provides insight into the question of which renters are likely to buy a home? The research shows that people renting single-family properties (renting a house/townhouse or condo) may be more likely to buy than those in apartments. In the U.S. about 15 million households rent a single-family house and 25 million rent an apartment, according to U.S. Census Data.

NAR Good Neighbor Award Finalists Honored for Their Commitment to Good Works, Volunteering

The National Association of Realtors® has selected 10 individuals as finalists for REALTOR® Magazine’s 2015 Good Neighbor Awards. This award honors Realtors® who volunteer in their communities, improve the quality of life for their neighbors and go above and beyond in their commitment to making their neighborhoods better places to live.

Hilton Columbus High Street Downtown Bridge Wins National Steel Building Award

The pedestrian bridge that links Columbus, Ohio’s new Hilton Columbus Downtown hotel to the adjacent Greater Columbus Convention Center across High Street, the main thoroughfare through downtown, has earned national recognition in the 2015 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program (IDEAS2)

The Boulder Group Arranges Sale of Net Leased Seasons Inpatient Hospice Facility

The Boulder Group, a net leased investment brokerage firm, has completed the sale of a single tenant Seasons Inpatient Hospice property located at 2195 West Diehl Road in Naperville, IL for $5,342,857. The recently constructed 10,342 square foot Seasons Inpatient Hospice facility is strategically located along Diehl Road in the affluent suburb of Naperville.

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE FOR FINANCING RENEWABLE ENERGY UPGRADES IN SINGLE FAMILY HOME

As part of the White House’s National Clean Energy Summit, the Obama Administration and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced its intent to issue a set of guidelines supporting borrowers seeking to make energy efficient improvements to their homes. In today’s announcement, FHA expressed the intent to allow borrowers to use Single Family FHA financing for properties with existing Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans that meet certain conditions

FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces New Actions to Bring Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency to Households across the Country

President Obama is committed to taking responsible steps to address climate change, promote clean energy and energy efficiency, drive innovation, and ensure a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations. That is why at Senator Reid’s National Clean Energy Summit later today, he is announcing a robust set of executive actions and private sector commitments to accelerate America’s transition to cleaner sources of energy and ways to cut energy waste

Considering Investing in San Diego Real Estate? Read this First

Home prices are appreciating in San Diego at a rate that has real estate professionals giddy with anticipation. Buy a property today, and you could see it appreciate in value within months. This is due to the desirability of the location, and an upswing in job creation and wage growth. For investors, San Diego is a prime destination that’s sure to deliver big returns.

30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage Remains Below Four Percent

Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today released the results of itsPrimary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates largely unchanged from the previous week amid little movement in financial markets. The 30-year fixed rate mortgage has averaged below four percent for the fifth consecutive week.

Randy Blankstein, President of The Boulder Group, to Speak at ICSC N3 Triple Net Lease Session in Chicago

Randy Blankstein, President of national net lease advisory firm The Boulder Group, will be a featured speaker on ICSC’s N3 Triple Net Lease Panel in Chicago on October 7th, 2015. The panel will be held during the ICSC Chicago Deal Marking

Existing-Home Sales Maintain Solid Growth in July

Existing-home sales steadily increased for the third consecutive month in July, while stubbornly low inventory levels and rising prices are likely to blame for sales to first-time buyers falling to their lowest share since January, according to the National Association of Realtors

Freddie Mac Prices $1.2 Billion Multifamily K-Deal Backed by Seasoned Loans

Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) recently priced its second K-P Series offering of Structured Pass-Through Certificates (K Certificates) which are multifamily mortgage-backed securities. The company expects to issue approximately $1.2 billion in K Certificates (K-P02 Certificates), which are expected to settle on or about August 27, 2015. The K-P02 Certificates are guaranteed by Freddie Mac and are backed by 70 seasoned multifamily mortgages from the company's retained portfolio. This is the company's seventeenth K Certificates offering this year.

Freddie Mac Guarantees Second Multifamily Small Balance Loan Securitization

Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today announced that it will guarantee its second series of SB Certificates, which are backed by multifamily small balance loans underwritten by Freddie Mac and issued by a third-party trust. The company expects to guarantee approximately $109 million in SB Certificates (SB2 Certificates), which are anticipated to price the week of August 24, 2015, and settle on or about August 28, 2015.

Top 250 Latino Agents to Gather at NAHREP National Convention & Latin Music Festival

With a closing average of 83 units and $16 million in transaction volume in 2015, the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Association's® (NAHREP) Top 250 Latino Agents have been invited to receive special recognition at NAHREP's 2015 National Convention & Latin Music Festival to be held at the downtown Chicago Hilton September 20 – 22, 2015.