New Guide for Planning, Designing and Implementing Green Infrastructure in Parks, Now Available

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is proud to announce the release of A Resource Guide for Planning, Designing and Implementing Green Infrastructure in Parks. The new guide, which draws on lessons learned from the Great Urban Parks Campaign pilot projects, was created in partnership with the American Planning Association and Low Impact Development Center.
Natural Resources

Bishop Statement on BLM’s Methane Rule Delay

Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in reaction to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) methane rule delay. “The previous rule was outside the limits of BLM’s authority. “The previous rule was outside the limits of BLM’s authority.
ABC National

Construction Backlog Surges, Sets Record in Third Quarter, ABC Says

Providing more evidence of a strengthening economy, Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) set a record as it expanded to 9.45 months during the third quarter of 2017, up 9.8 percent from the second quarter to the longest backlog reading in the eight-year history of the series. CBI is up by 0.8 months, or 9.2 percent, on a year-over-year basis.

Three Years Later, OSCC Is Asking How Industry Uses Off-Site Construction Today

The National Institute of Building Sciences Off-Site Construction Council (OSCC) is conducting a new survey to gain an understanding of how the U.S. building industry has changed its use of off-site construction methods in the past three years.

Statement by National Low Income Housing Coalition President and CEO Diane Yentel — House...

The House Financial Services Committee will vote next week on a bill – introduced by Congressman French Hill (R-AR) – that includes a provision to hold hostage the national Housing Trust Fund, a program that helps America’s lowest income seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, and veterans afford to keep a roof over their heads, until Congress passes legislation to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. While NLIHC looks forward to working with Congress to enact bipartisan housing finance reform legislation that ensures housing access and affordability for American families, it strongly opposes using critically needed housing resources for struggling families as a bargaining chip

Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications increased 4.7 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending December 1, 2017. The prior week's results included an adjustment for the Thanksgiving holiday.

MBA Chairman-Elect Chris George Testifies on Regulatory Relief

Christopher M. George, Chairman-Elect of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) and the founder, President and CEO of CMG Financial, testified today before the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit at a hearing entitled, "Legislative Proposals for a More Efficient Federal Financial Regulatory Regime: Part II." His full written testimony is available here. Below is George's oral testimony, as prepared for delivery

MBA Applauds HUD Announcement on PACE Loan Reforms

Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) President and CEO David H. Stevens, CMB, issued the following statement in response to the Department of Housing and Urban Development's revised policies for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insurance of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) obligations

Experts Highlight Mix of Challenges, Bright Spots for Homeownership at Realtors®, S&P Global Joint...

While America’s homeownership rate continues to hover around a 50-year low, experts gathered at the National Association of Realtors® Washington, D.C. location today said there is a clear path to improving the landscape for homeownership.

State Regulators See Increase in License Renewals for 2018

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) announced that as of December 3, state regulators have approved roughly 337,000 requests for license renewals in the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System (NMLS) for 2018. This represents a nine percent increase, or more than 77,000 approvals, compared to the same time last year.

Statement by Secretary Shulkin – Homeless Funding

There will be absolutely no change in the funding to support our homeless programs. We will not be shifting any homeless program money to the Choice program. The President has increased VA homeless program funding by $66 million in his fiscal year 2018 budget
ABC National

Buoyed by Healthy Economy, ABC Index Finds Contractors Upbeat

The majority of commercial and industrial contractors are confident about sales growth, profits and staffing levels heading into 2018, according to the latest Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Construction Confidence Index (CCI). Despite rising construction labor and materials costs, 55 percent of contractors expect their profit margins to expand in the first half of 2018.
NeighborWorks America

More than 2,000 community development professionals are expected to attend NeighborWorks Training Institute; inject...

An estimated $4.2 million boost is coming to the Washington, DC economy when more than 2,000 community-development professionals from around the country convene in the city for the NeighborWorks Training Institute Dec. 11-15.

Solar Industry Rallies Against Tariffs, For America First Plan at U.S. Trade Representative Hearing

Today in Washington, President Trump’s top trade adviser held a public hearing on the Section 201 solar trade case. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), solar companies, utilities and many others showed the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and the Trade Policy Staff Committee that tariffs on solar imports would deal a deep, self-inflicted wound to the American economy and help two foreign-based companies and their hedge fund investors.

MBA Statement on Senate Banking Committee Approval of Regulatory Relief Bill

David H. Stevens, CMB, President and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released the following statement applauding the Senate Banking Committee and Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) for approving today S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.

Business Real Estate Press Releases


zavvie Reveals Colorado’s Hottest Neighborhoods with ‘Hot Hoodz’

What are Colorado’s hottest neighborhoods? Denver’s West Colfax and Chaffee Park are on the list, as are Old Town in Windsor, Downtown in Colorado Springs, and Keewaydin in Boulder. That’s according to December’s “Hot Hoodz,” released by zavvie, a national HyperLocal and social media real estate marketing startup based in Boulder.

Recent Gov & Nonprofit Real Estate Press Releases

Financial Services Committee

Committee Advances 13 Bills

This week, the Financial Services Committee approved 13 billson a range of subjects from economic growth, to consumer protection, to Native American housing and human trafficking. This week’s markup follows a very productive year for the Committee, which has held 54 subcommittee hearings