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Center for American Progress

Senate Must Reject President Trump’s CFPB Nominee, Says CAP’s Marc Jarsulic

Tomorrow, the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs will vote on the nomination of Kathy Kraninger to serve as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Marc Jarsulic, senior vice president of Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress, released the following statement
NAHB

55+ Housing Market Shows Continued Strength in Second Quarter

Builder confidence in the single-family 55+ housing market continued to be in positive territory in the second quarter of 2018, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) which was released today. The index increased one point to 67.
SEIA

Solar Industry Comments on Mass. Legislature’s Passage of Omnibus Energy Bill

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) commented on the Massachusetts Legislature’s passage of a bill that requires the state’s largest electricity utility to refile its plan to charge extra fees to solar adopters and raises the state’s renewable energy goal
Appraisal Institute

Appraisal Institute Honors 13 National Award Winners

Craig M. Harrington, SRA, AI-RRS, of Prior Lake, Minnesota; and Leslie P. Sellers, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, of Clinton, Tennessee, were honored Tuesday with the Appraisal Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Timothy P. Runde, MAI, of San Francisco, was named the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award during the Appraisal Institute Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee
Appraisal Institute

Appraisal Institute Opens Valuation Profession’s Premier Event

More than 550 real estate professionals from around the world today attended the opening session of the valuation profession’s most important annual event, hosted by the Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers.
NLCHP

Homeless People in RVs Ask the Court to Stop the City’s Ticketing and Impoundment...

Hundreds of homeless people in San Diego, many with disabilities, hope to lawfully stay in their RVs and other vehicles after today’s preliminary injunction hearing. The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, along with Disability Rights California, Fish & Richardson PC
NAR

Pending Home Sales Reverse Course, Rise 0.9 Percent in June

Pending home sales increased in all four major regions in June, but overall activity lagged year ago levels for the sixth straight month, according to the National Association of Realtors
EPA

New Funding Opportunities for Water Infrastructure Projects in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska

Cities and towns in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska are facing an immediate and growing challenge – the aging drinking water infrastructure. Water mains are sometimes a century old. As the infrastructure breaks down, it takes a toll on local economies, public health, and the environment.
AWEA

Record wind farm construction underway at close of second quarter

A record amount of wind energy capacity is now under construction at wind farms across America, according to second quarter results released today by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Strong demand for low-cost wind power from utilities and other buyers, including major corporations like AT&T and Walmart this quarter, continues to drive the industry’s growth.
ULI

The Urban Land Institute to Advise Erie, Pennsylvania on Downtown Revitalization

A group of nationally renowned land use and urban planning experts representing the Urban Land Institute (ULI) will be making recommendations next week on revitalization efforts for Erie’s downtown.
NAR

International Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate Market Declines, According to Realtor® Survey

Rising home prices and low inventory led to a decline in foreign home purchases in the United States. Total international sales totaled $121 billion during April 2017 to March 2018, a 21 percent decline from the previous 12-month period, according to an annual survey from the National Association of Realtors
MBA

Mortgage Application Activity and Rates Nearly Flat in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications decreased 0.2 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending July 20, 2018.
NAHB

New Home Sales Fall Back in June

Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 5.3 percent in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 631,000 units after a downwardly revised May report, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.
Center for American Progress

CAP Proposes Sweeping ‘Homes for All’ Plan to Provide a Rental Supply Where Working...

The availability of affordable rental units is critical for the development, retention, and expansion of a local workforce, as well as for economic competitiveness. Yet, 44 percent of the nearly 30 million renters in the United States—excluding high-income households—have unaffordable rents.
ABC National

ABC, Industry Groups Urge President Trump to Reverse Obama-era Policy on Project Labor Agreements

Associated Builders and Contractors joined a coalition of construction and business associations urging President Trump to eliminate government-mandated project labor agreements and allow all qualified contractors to compete for federal and federally assisted taxpayer-funded construction projects.
ULI

Transformative Open Spaces in the United States, Spain and China Selected as Finalists for...

Five transformative public spaces in the United States, Spain and China have been selected as finalists for the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) 2018 Urban Open Space Award, a global competition that recognizes outstanding examples of vibrant public open spaces that have spurred economic and social regeneration in surrounding communities
Mercy Housing

LONG BEACH CELEBRATES THE REDEDICATION OF ST. MARY TOWER

With rental prices on the rise, local organizations partnered to renovate and improve St. Mary Tower, an amenity-rich affordable housing community for seniors. Mercy Housing California (MHC) is pleased to announce the successful completion of large-scale renovations and upgrades to St. Mary Tower

Affordable housing providers serving diverse Oregon communities form the first cohort of BAMS, HDC’s...

Seven affordable housing providers from across Oregon will participate in Building Asset Management Solutions (BAMS), a new holistic training program that builds organizational capacity to manage affordable housing portfolios for long-term financial and physical health. The 15-month program is offered by Housing Development Center and funded by Meyer Memorial Trust.
ASE

Alliance To Save Energy Applauds Rep. Curbelo For Carbon Proposal

The Alliance to Save Energy released the following statement from President Jason Hartke on Rep. Carlos Curbelo’s (R-Fla.) carbon tax proposal: “Rep. Curbelo deserves a lot of credit for having the courage to put forward a bill that recognizes the threat and looming costs associated with climate change
NIBS

NIBS Collaborates on Primer to Help Buildings Professionals Navigate Energy Industry

A new publication is now available to offer buildings professionals a practical look at the future of the energy sector and the role of buildings. The resource, Building Our New Energy Future, is a primer tailored to prepare buildings professionals for the challenges and opportunities

Business Real Estate Press Releases

Natomas

CVS-Anchored Natomas Shopping Center in Sacramento Sells for $10.3 Million

Hanley Investment Group Real Estate Advisors, a nationally recognized real estate brokerage and advisory firm specializing in retail property sales, announced today that the firm arranged the sale of Natomas Shopping Center in Sacramento, California, in an off-market transaction.

Recent Gov & Nonprofit Real Estate Press Releases

Wyden Calls for Improvements to Nursing Home Rating System

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today called on the federal government to improve the quality measures for adequate staffing that American seniors and their families use when selecting a nursing home