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NARI

UNICO AND NARI PARTNER FOR BETTER HVAC SOLUTIONS IN REMODELING PROJECTS

Unico, Inc., maker of small-duct heating and air conditioning systems, has launched a major partnership with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), the largest and most prominent professional organization for remodeling companies. The partnership will focus on collaborating with remodeling contractors who face the challenges of adding central air in older homes, as well as options for home additions that would be impossible to design with conventional HVAC systems.
Environment America

Environment America: Scott Pruitt Won’t Protect America’s Air, Water or Families

The Senate voted to approve President Trump’s nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Environment America’s Executive Director, Margie Alt, issued the following statement in response
PCA

PCA to Showcase Importance of Resilient Building in Wake of Christmas Day Tornado

In an instant for so many in Birmingham, Christmas Day 2015 turned into a nightmare as residents dealt with the safety of loved ones and lost property following a violent tornado.
NAHB

NAHB Congratulates Scott Pruitt on his Confirmation as EPA Administrator

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, today issued the following statement regarding the Senate confirmation of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
USGBC

New Report Reveals Venues Across the Globe are Embracing LEED Green Building

USGBC released its LEED in Motion: Venues report, which highlights the efforts of convention centers, sports venues, performing arts centers, community centers and public assembly spaces to transform their environmental, social and economic footprint through LEED certification. The report showcases some of the most impressive green venues around the world.
Capital Impact Partners

Capital Impact Partners Advances Its Work in Providing Access To Healthy Food, Quality Education,...

Capital Impact Partners announced today that it financed projects in underserved communities across fives states including California, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Texas. Notable in this effort are deals that increased healthy food access, scaled cooperative efforts, and broadened and deepened the organization’s presence in Texas. Other enterprises supported by the organization included affordable housing, health care, and dignified aging facilities. This work is expected to create more than 275 permanent and 400 construction-related jobs, further providing help to those who live in the communities Capital Impact serves.
Habitat

Habitat for Humanity recognized for excellence in safety

The National Association of Home Builders awarded Habitat for Humanity with the Judges Special Recognition Award during the annual SAFE awards reception at the 2017 International Builders Show in Orlando.
NIBS

March 17 BSSC Webinar to Address Precast Concrete

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host the second webinar in its 2017 series sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The free webinar, “Seismic Design of Precast Concrete Structures,” will be held Friday, March 17, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT).
NAR

NAR, Realtor.com® Identify Growing Rift Between Housing Availability and Affordability

Existing-home sales are forecast to expand 1.7 percent in 2017, but a new housing affordability model created jointly by the National Association of Realtors® and realtor.com®, a leading online real estate destination, operated by operated by News Corp [NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA]; [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc., suggests homebuyers at many income levels could see an inadequate amount of listings on the market within their price range in coming months
NAHB

Housing Affordability Remains Favorable Even as it Hits an Eight-Year Low

Shortages of buildable lots and skilled labor, along with excessive regulations, rising mortgage interest rates and ongoing home price appreciation pushed housing affordability in the fourth quarter of 2016 to its lowest point since the third quarter of 2008, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) released today
NAHB

Statement from NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald on Nomination of Alexander Acosta as Labor Secretary

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, today issued the following statement on President Trump’s nomination of Alexander Acosta, current dean of Florida International University College of Law.
NAHB

Housing Production in January Levels Off After Multifamily Surge

Housing starts returned to trend, dropping 2.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.246 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Multifamily production fell 10.2 percent to 423,000 units after an unusually high December 2016 reading, whereas single-family starts ticked up 1.9 percent to 823,000 units.
Center for American Progress

U.S. Companies are Investing in Climate Resilient Infrastructure, the United States Must Also

The U.S. private sector is already learning the lessons from extreme weather caused by climate change. Companies throughout the country are investing billions to protect their infrastructure. Even the oil companies—notorious climate change deniers—are protecting their multibillion-dollar infrastructure assets from rising sea levels, more severe storms and hotter temperatures.

ULI Greenprint Center and Measurabl Collaborate to Drive Sustainable Building Performance

A collaborative effort announced today between the Urban Land Institute Greenprint Center for Building Performance (Greenprint) and Measurabl will improve sustainability and building performance tracking for more than 20,000 commercial buildings covering 3.7 billion square feet around the globe. These properties constitute the collective portfolio of Greenprint members and Measurabl subscribers, who together represent the world’s largest database of sustainability-focused commercial real estate owners and investors

Prepared Remarks of Dave Motley at MBA’s National Mortgage Servicing Conference and Expo 2017

Dave Motley, 2017 Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Chairman-Elect and President of Colonial Savings, F.A. and its divisions -- Colonial National Mortgage and CU Members Mortgage, today delivered the following remarks at MBA's National Mortgage Servicing Conference and Expo 2017 in Grapevine, Texas.

Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications decreased 3.7 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 10, 2017.

Delinquencies Increase in Fourth Quarter from Ten-Year Lows, Foreclosure Starts Continue Decline in Latest...

The delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit residential properties increased to a seasonally adjusted rate of 4.80 percent of all loans outstanding at the end of the fourth quarter of 2016. The delinquency rate was up 28 basis points from the previous quarter, and was three basis points higher than one year ago, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) National Delinquency Survey.

MBA Appoints Pete Carroll and Andy Crisenbery to MISMO Board of Directors

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), parent corporation of the Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization (MISMO), appointed Pete Carroll, Executive Vice President at Quicken Loans, and Andy Crisenbery, Senior Vice President, Managing Director of eLending Solutions at Black Knight Financial Services, to the MISMO Board of Directors.

January New Home Purchase Mortgage Applications Increased 9.2 Percent Year over Year

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for January 2017 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases increased 9.2 percent compared to January 2016. Compared to December 2016, applications increased by 22 percent relative to the previous month. This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns.

MBA Statement on Steven Mnuchin Being Confirmed as Treasury Secretary

Statement by MBA President & CEO David Stevens on the U.S. Senate approving the nomination of Steven Mnuchin to run the Department of Treasury

U.S. Solar Market Grows 95% in 2016, Smashes Records

BOSTON, Mass. and WASHINGTON, D.C. - (RealEstateRama) -- In its biggest year to date, the United States solar market nearly doubled its annual record,...

Builder Confidence Continues to Settle Back to Sustainable Levels in February

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes declined two points in February to a level of 65 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).

Alliance Calls On Congress To Pass “Portman-Shaheen” Efficiency Bill

WASHINGTON – The Alliance to Save Energy called on Congress to move quickly to pass the bipartisan “Portman-Shaheen” energy efficiency bill (S. 385) after...

American Land Title Association Supports Effort to Improve Real Estate Closing Process

The American Land Title Association (ALTA), the national trade association of the land title insurance and real estate settlement industry, sent a letter to the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) offering support of efforts to promote the understanding of remote electronic notarizations.

DCHFA Finances Second Affordable Apartment Complex in Ward 8 in 2017

The project is being developed by The Michaels Development Company and CityInterests, LLC. South Capitol Multifamily is also being funded by $23.19 million raised in equity through the syndication of four percent low income housing tax credits in partnership with a $25.14 million loan from the DC Department of Housing and Community Development’s Housing Production Trust Fund.

CONSTRUCTION FIRMS GETTING SQUEEZED BY INCREASING MATERIALS & LABOR COSTS AND SLOWER INCREASES IN...

Construction Officials Caution That Cost of Infrastructure, Other Construction Projects Will Increase if New “Buy America” Provisions, Punitive Tariffs or Limitations on Canadian Lumber Are Put in Place

Alliance To Save Energy Elects New Leaders To Board

The Alliance to Save Energy’s Board of Directors has elected three new members to help lead the organization’s mission of achieving a more energy efficient future. The newly elected directors are

NAR Tech Edge Events Keep Realtors® Apprised of Latest Tools

Technology is transforming how Realtors® conduct business and communicate with clients. Now more than ever, Realtors® know the importance of staying up-to-date with the new and emerging technologies that are essential to the real estate business. To help Realtors® stay well informed of the latest business technology skills and trends changing the real estate industry, the National Association of Realtors® is continuing its one-day technology conference series, NAR Tech Edge.

Statement from NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald on Steven Mnuchin’s Confirmation as Treasury Secretary

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, today issued the following statement regarding the Senate confirmation of Steven Mnuchin as Secretary of the Treasury

Early-Bird Rate Ends Tomorrow for 2018 Festival’s Building Science Pavilion

The early-bird rate to participate in the USA Science & Engineering Festival’s Building Sciences Pavilion to inspire and engage the next generation of building industry professionals ends tomorrow

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Alliance Calls On Congress To Pass “Portman-Shaheen” Efficiency Bill

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Phillips Edison Sells Five Shopping Centers Totaling 583,000 SF

Hanley Investment Group, a nationally-recognized real estate brokerage and advisory firm specializing in retail property sales, announced today that in separate transactions Hanley Investment Group's Executive Vice President Eric Wohl served as advisor in bringing the buyer and seller together in the sale of five shopping centers owned by Cincinnati, Ohio-based firm Phillips Edison & Company, one of the nation’s largest owners and managers of grocery-anchored shopping centers. The buyer was Albanese Cormier Holdings, a commercial real estate investment company based in Beaumont, Texas