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MBA Calls on House to Pass Neugebauer-Huizenga Amendment

David H. Stevens, CMB, President and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), issued the following statement urging the House to adopt the Neugebauer-Huizenga amendment to H.R. 22, the DRIVE Act

Mortgage Applications Slightly Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications decreased 0.8 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending October 30, 2015.

New Report Finds Consumers See Promise, but Not Yet Ready for a Smart Home

The “Internet of Things” is fast becoming a reality as more and more products and things contain sensors and/or microprocessors, and are connected to wireless networks. The near ubiquity of high speed internet access in homes, as well as smartphones, has set the stage for a new class of do-it-yourself smart home technology products, including smart thermostats, home security and monitoring systems, and smart lighting, to name just a few.

Mid-South Coliseum and Fairgrounds Site Could be a Major Gathering Place for Memphis Residents...

The Mid-South Coliseum and Fairgrounds site has the potential to become a major gathering place for the residents of Memphis and the surrounding region, serving as an amenity offering recreation and entertainment spaces flexible enough to accommodate a variety of year-round uses, according to a newly published report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI)

Statement from NAHB Chairman on Senate Vote Regarding EPA Water Rule

Tom Woods, Chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder from Blue Springs, Mo., issued the following statement on the U.S. Senate’s vote not to invoke cloture of S. 1140, the Federal Water Quality Protection Act.

NAHB Calls for Passage of Bills to Reduce Regulatory Burdens on Small Businesses

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) today urged Congress to pass two bills that would help ease regulatory burdens and uncertainties facing home building firms and other small businesses.

Sidewinder Trail Saved; 133 Acres Protected in Lyndon

After a massive grassroots fundraising campaign, the Kingdom Trails Association purchased a 133-acre property in Lyndon and the Vermont Land Trust conserved it. The property is home to popular mountain biking and multi-use trails, including the well-known Sidewinder trail.

Texas home sales, prices rise in 2015-Q3, housing inventory holds steady

Texas home sales and prices continued to rise in the third quarter of 2015, while monthly housing inventory held steady, according to the 2015-Q3 Texas Quarterly Housing Report released today by the Texas Association of REALTORS

Time to Winterize is Now, Appraisal Institute Tells Homeowners

The nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers today encouraged consumers to winterize their homes now for cold weather ahead to increase comfort, save money and possibly increase value

DCHFA and SOME Bring New Mixed-Use Housing Development to Benning Road

Within two weeks the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency has closed its second development transaction of Fiscal Year 2016, with the issuance of $26 million in short term tax exempt obligations to fund the construction of The Conway Center.

Veterans celebrated in series of CU-Boulder, community events

In anticipation of Veterans Day on Nov. 11 a series of events is planned at the University of Colorado Boulder and beyond to celebrate those who have served the United States as members of the armed forces

Statement of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law on HUD Criminal Records...

On November 2, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued guidance to clarify that public housing authorities may not use arrest records as a basis to deny admission to housing and to stress that criminal records screening criteria must comply with civil rights laws. The following can be attributed to Marie Claire Tran-Leung, Staff Attorney, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

John G. Stevens Selected as Mortgage Professional of the Year

The Association of Mortgage Professionals, has named Utah mortgage professional John G. Stevens the Mortgage Professional of the Year. The award, which was presented at the 2015 NAMB National meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, is considered the highest honor a mortgage loan officer can receive in the profession. The award is nominated by and selected from the membership of NAMB

Memphis, Tennessee will host Habitat for Humanity’s 2016 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project

Former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter, along with country music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, helped build a home today in Memphis, Tennessee, and joined Habitat for Humanity in announcing its 33rd Carter Work Project, which will take place in the city’s Uptown neighborhood, Aug. 21-27, 2016

7 Years After the Housing Crash, Nearly 1,000 U.S. Counties Present Increasing or Stagnating...

A comprehensive new analysis released today by the Center for American Progress reveals that more than seven years after the housing crash, nearly 1,000 U.S. counties continue to present increasing or stagnating percentages of underwater homes. There are also 600 additional counties that are beginning to see some improvement, though they still feature high percentages of underwater homes. This positive trend could be derailed if there is an uptick in the number of foreclosures in these counties.

NAHB Selects Marsh as Exclusive Health Insurance Service Provider

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has selected Marsh to join the association’s affinity program and to serve as the exclusive provider of health insurance services for its 140,000 members

In Wake of Budget Agreement, Advocates Call on Congress to Address Housing Affordability Crisis

Federal budget negotiators have reached a deal which passed yesterday in the House of Representatives with a vote to follow in the U.S. Senate. New Jersey housing advocates are calling on the Senate to vote in favor of the budget which would increase sequestration caps and urge full funding for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s budget to address the nation’s housing affordability crisi

Christie Administration Marks 3rd Anniversary of Sandy with Grand Opening of Affordable Housing Community...

Demonstrating the Christie Administration’s commitment to build back stronger after Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Charles A. Richman and New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA) Executive Director Anthony L. Marchetta today joined Senate President Stephen Sweeney, federal, state and local officials, and Project Freedom, Inc. to celebrate the grand opening of Freedom Village at Toms River, a 72-unit affordable rental community for special needs residents and working families in Toms River, Ocean County

Molly’s Falls Pond to Become Vermont’s Newest State Park

The people of Vermont will now forever have access to one of the state’s most popular and well-loved recreation areas in Central Vermont—the Molly’s Falls Pond property, known by many as the “Marshfield Reservoir”. The Vermont Land Trust today announced the sale of 1,029 acres to the Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation

HUD Properties Available for Homeless Services

In accordance with the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, HUD published a Notice in the Oct. 30, 2015, Federal Register identifying Federal buildings and other real property HUD has reviewed for suitability for use to assist the homeless. The properties were reviewed using information provided to HUD by Federal landholding agencies or by GSA regarding their inventories of excess or surplus property. The list includes buildings and properties in the District of Columbia, Illinois, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, and Texas.