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Solar Industry Welcomes Mass. Senate’s Passage of Clean Energy Bill, Urges State House to...

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) welcomed the Massachusetts Senate’s passage of a clean energy bill that will help bring solar jobs back to the state, and urged the state House to pass the solar elements of the proposal.
NIBS

Institute Calls for Abstracts to Present at Building Innovation 2019

The National Institute of Building Sciences is gearing up to deliver the seventh iteration of the industry’s only all-inclusive Conference where members of the entire building community come together to connect, collaborate and create solutions that benefit the built environment.

What Realtors Should Look for in a Septic System

When a realtor lists a home, or goes to preview a house with a client, it is important to understand the telltale signs of trouble with certain systems of the home, including potential major mechanical and structural issues: this certainly includes potential septic problems. Septic systems that are functioning well will show no signs to worry about. However, a poorly functioning septic system will show some definitive signs of concern that realtors should be aware of. When a septic system starts to show signs of trouble, it is usually evident after the basic septic tank is full, but in some homes septic problems can be hidden until the system is at capacity. This is especially true if the system was just recently pumped. The good news, is there are several telltale signs the system is at risk of failing even if the system was recently pumped. Warning Signs In a system that is failing or is overburdened, there is usually a scent of septic gasses that can permeate the home. This also may be more noticeable outside the home if the tank or leach field is far removed from the home. Realtors should always ask homeowners where the field is located and be sure to go out and assess the soil around the tank. Septic systems that are beginning to go faulty will usually have very soft and saturated soil in the yard area where the septic tank and leach field are located. While the heavy rain season can make this more difficult to observe, soggy soil with a septic smell is usually more indicative of a problem. Testing The good news is that any system can be readily tested for functionality to ensure it is running up to par. Over time leach fields and systems do fail and this can be a cause of great concern. That is usually the time when a new leach field and septic tank system must be installed. Depending on soil and land area the failed system may lead to the need for an engineered septic system installation. If there is any concern that the system may be failing or is need of work, realtors should always be forthcoming to both the seller and potential buyers. Getting a professional to assess the situation should occur if there are any telltale signs such as: suspicious septic odor, septic back up, slow drainage, or a soggy leach field. When questions arise regarding a septic systems condition, it is suggested that tests be run on the system to see how well it’s working. Through the use of some testing tools like a hydrostatic pressure gauge, septic professionals can have a better understanding how well the system is working. If there is a need to do any work on the system, realtors need to be sure to recommend professionals to their clients that are trustworthy and competent. Realtors who are looking for a good company to recommend for septic work should offer at least 3 to 4 companies in the septic business that are well rated for professionalism and have a good reputation for quality work.
NIBS

Green to Retire from National Institute of Building Sciences

After nearly a decade of leading the organization, National Institute of Building Sciences President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA, has announced his plan to retire. The Institute Board of Directors is initiating a search to hire Green’s successor, with the expectation that the new leader will transition on to staff at the end of 2018.

The Pros and Cons of All the 3 Driveway Materials

Every house that can have a driveway should have one, but it can be a bit confusing to choose the right material though. In case you are about to build a new driveway, here are the pros and cons of the three materials which are generally used for the job.
CoreLogic

CORELOGIC TO OFFER NEW CRM AND MOBILE SOLUTIONS TO MULTIPLE LISTING CLIENTS

CoreLogic®(NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today announced an agreement with Prospects Software Inc. to offer their advanced CRM and mobile solutions to its multiple listing clients as powerful new tools that help real estate brokers and agents better manage their leads, clients, past clients and their day-to-day business.
CoreLogic

CORELOGIC ENHANCES TRESTLE FOR BROKERS AND MATRIX CLIENTS

CoreLogic®(NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today announced that real estate brokers can now use Trestle™ to receive listing data feeds from participating multiple listing organizations (MLOs). CoreLogic also announced that clients of its Matrix multiple listing platform can now use Trestle to manage their existing RETS data feeds in addition to RESO platinum-certified data feeds.

6 Areas to Check Before the Home Inspector Does

Getting your home ready for sale is easier said than done. It takes time, patience, and bit of money to get everything in order for your sale. Before you sell, you should get a home inspection for your potential clients to review, but before you do that, you should embark on one of your own.
Performing Home Maintenance or Repairs

Useful Tips When Performing Home Maintenance or Repairs

When you own a home, dealing with maintenance, repairs, improvements and remodeling projects never seems to end. You love that you own a place, but the larger the property, the more that goes wrong with it. To make life as a homeowner a little easier, here are some useful tips to make maintenance less of a challenge.

How to Secure Your Home and Everything In It

Imore important than ever to secure your home and everything that's inside. With advancements in technology, criminals have yet another way to get at your personal information. In addition to installing a home security system, a strong fence, and locks on your windows and doors, you now have to safeguard your electronic devicest's

Nadel Architects Hires Mark Brower as Studio Director

March 20, 2018 – Nadel Architects (Nadel), an international architectural design firm headquartered in Los Angeles, has hired Mark Brower as studio director, spearheading the firm’s education, health care and Native American community design studios. Based in Sacramento, Brower brings more than 30 years of experience in architecture and construction, specializing in facilities for education, health care and Native American communities, broadening Nadel’s range of expertise and further bolstering the firm’s presence in Northern California.

VA Awards More Than $496,000 to Improve IT Infrastructure as Part of ‘Buy vs....

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the award of a $496,405.35 task order to Favor TechConsulting (FTC) LLC to provide Identity and Access Management (IAM) services to improve and maximize cost savings to VA’s current information technology (IT) infrastructure.

BLM SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON DESERT SOLAR PROJECT

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on the proposed Crimson Solar Project, located near Blythe in eastern Riverside. Sonoran West Solar Holding LLC., has requested a rights-of-way authorization to construct, operate, maintain, and decommission an up to 350-megawatt photovoltaic facility along with necessary ancillary facilities

How to Have a Successful Real Estate Open House

It makes sense that it is a good idea to expose your home to the largest number of potential buyers. However, how you get those buyers to walk through your door and inside your house can be a challenge, but not an insurmountable one.
5 Wall Mural Ideas

5 Wall Mural Ideas for Industrial-Themed Living Spaces

As more and more people flock to trendy re-purposed industrial areas, loft and condo styles are shifting to embrace industrial décor. If you’re lucky enough to be able to afford a living space in one of these areas (e.g. Cabbagetown in Toronto) you’ll benefit from several stylish décor features such as exposed brick, concrete, reclaimed wood and worn-out textures.

Business Real Estate Press Releases

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Meridian Completes Sale of 104,000 SF Multi-Tenant Office Building in Brisbane,...

With more than 500,000 SF currently in development/redevelopment and another 500,000-plus SF in the pipeline, Meridian is still aggressively pursuing more value-add general and medical office opportunities throughout California

Recent Gov & Nonprofit Real Estate Press Releases

2.5 Million Homes, Businesses Totaling $1 Trillion Threatened by High Tide...

Accelerating sea level rise in the lower 48 states, primarily driven by climate change, is projected to worsen tidal flooding, putting as many as 311,000 coastal homes with a collective market value of about $117.5 billion today at risk of chronic flooding within the next 30 years—the lifespan of a typical mortgage