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SEIA Board Elects Solar Veteran as New Chair

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Following a vote by its board of directors, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the nation’s leading solar advocacy organization, announced that George Hershman, president of Swinerton Renewable Energy
FEMA

FEMA Offers Free Rebuilding Tips at Local Home Improvement Stores

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Disaster survivors affected by the severe storms and floods from Tropical Storm Imelda, can visit local home improvement stores in Houston, Pasadena and Webster for rebuilding tips from mitigation experts.
MBA

Mortgage Credit Availability Decreased in December

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Mortgage credit availability decreased in December 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
Enterprise Community Partners

Enterprise Community Partners and Wells Fargo Launch the Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge

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Competition will award $12 million in grants for six innovative proposals that advance creative housing affordability solutions. Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise)
NAR

NAR Leaders Featured Among the Swanepoel Power 200 List

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Seven National Association of Realtors® leaders appear among this year’s Swanepoel Power 200 list. The Swanepoel Power 200 – SP200 – is considered “the definitive ranking of the leaders and executives in the residential real estate brokerage industry”

New Lawsuit Alleges St. Paul’s Redevelopment Plan Is Illegally Forcing Out Residents

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A new federal Fair Housing Act lawsuit filed this week alleges that the city of Norfolk and the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, with approval and financing from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, have embarked on a redevelopment plan that forces every resident of several public housing developments in the St. Paul’s Quadrant out of their homes
Mercy Housing

New Name, Same Mission—Mercy Loan Fund is now Mercy Community Capital

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Mercy Community Capital is a leading Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), and they’ve changed their name, but the mission remains—to work nationally with socially responsible affordable housing and community developers
CSBS

SRR settles SAFE MLO Test questions lawsuit

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The Conference of State Bank Supervisors subsidiary that operates the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System (NMLS) settled a lawsuit against four defendants who were alleged to have misused and reproduced copyrighted questions from the national exam

COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS INSTITUTE (CAI) INTRODUCES NEW CIVILITY PLEDGE FOR HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATIONS AND CONDOMINIUM COMMUNITI

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To foster a climate of mutual respect and help community residents to explore areas of common ground despite their differences, CAI is encouraging all community associations to adopt a newly developed Civility Pledge to support the people who live and work in the millions of homeowners associations, condominiums, and housing cooperatives worldwide.
NAHB

Statement from NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde on Joint Employer Rule

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Greg Ugalde, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Torrington, Conn., issued the following statement on the final joint employer rule issued by the U.S. Department of Labor
CHA

2020 CHA Scholarship Program kicks off with 50 more awards than in previous years

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Starting today, the CHA Scholarship Program application period is officially open until May 14. CHA will award 270 scholarships to current CHA residents attending college

Housing Department Proposal Would Hamstring the Fair Housing Act

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Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s proposed rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERIOR DESIGNERS ANNOUNCES LINE-UP OF CEU EDUCATION SPEAKERS & SESSIONS FOR...

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 The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has announced its full line-up of CEU sessions for DOMOTEX USA at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center, February 5-7, 2020. Developed as part of the Society’s new partnership with DOMOTEX, these six CEU sessions will provide industry insight on a rich selection of pertinent topics that touch on everything from sustainable materials to client relationships and beyond.

HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATIONS, CONDOMINIUM COMMUNITIES, AND HOUSING COOPERATIVES TO CONTINUE UPWARD TREND IN 2020

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An estimated 66% of all new home construction in 2020 will be built in one of the three types of community associations — primarily in a planned community (also called a Homeowners Association or HOAs), in a condominium community
MBA

Forecast: Commercial/Multifamily Lending to Climb 9 Percent to $683 Billion in 2020

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Commercial and multifamily mortgage bankers are expected to close a record $683 billion of loans backed by income-producing properties in 2020, a 9 percent increase from 2019's anticipated record volume of $628 billion
AGC

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASES BY 20,000 IN DECEMBER AND 151,000 IN 2019; CONTRACTORS EXPECT TO...

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Survey Finds Optimism about 2020 along with Even Tighter Labor Supply as Construction Unemployment Sets Record December Low; Association Calls for Government to Boost Career

HUD Proposes New Rule Weakening Fair Housing Protections

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a new proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule that would reduce the financial pressure local governments, states

NFHA Opposes HUD Proposal to Dismantle Fair Housing Act, Weaken Enforcement

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As housing discrimination reaches record highs, Trump’s Department of Housing and Urban Development announces proposed rule to eliminate tool for communities to address discrimination and segregation

LAWYERS’ COMMITTEE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS UNDER LAW CONDEMNS HUD PROPOSAL TO GUT FAIR HOUSING...

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Secretary Ben Carson and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) posted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on its website that will be published shortly and that, if finalized, would gut the department’s oversight of its local and state government grantees’ compliance with fair housing requirements.
NAR

Pending Home Sales Expand 1.2% in November

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Pending home sales increased in November, rebounding from the prior month’s decline, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The West region reported the highest growth last month, while the other three major U.S. regions

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SEIA

SEIA Board Elects Solar Veteran as New Chair

Following a vote by its board of directors, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the nation’s leading solar advocacy organization, announced that George Hershman, president of Swinerton Renewable Energy