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Support Ukrainian Refugees

GFP Real Estate and Its Tenants Raise More Than $200,000 to Support Ukrainian Refugees

National
GFP Real Estate is pleased to announce that its "Support Ukraine in Crisis" campaign raised more than $200,000 to support humanitarian relief efforts on the ground in Ukraine.
VA

VA awards more than $130M in new grant funding to help homeless Veterans and...

National
On Sept. 13, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it awarded $137 million in grants through VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program to help Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and their families.

Renting Out the American Dream: Are Hedge Funds Hurting or Helping Home Ownership?

National
The Atlanta REALTORS® Association is hosting a Town Hall meeting for the general public to educate buyers and sellers about the impact large investors are having on the housing market. Fewer homes for sale; more only available to rent... and rents are rising! These trends affect everyone! There is no cost to attend.
AGC

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT GROWS IN 246 OF 358 METRO AREAS FROM AUGUST 2021 TO 2022...

National
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas, Muskegon, Mich., Bloomington, Ill. Have Largest 12-Month Gains; Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Fla. and Richmond, Va. Experience the Worst Year-over-Year Decreases
USDOJ

Former U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Assistant Inspector General Convicted of Falsifying...

National
A federal jury convicted a former Assistant Inspector General for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) yesterday for engaging in a scheme to conceal his financial
GSA

GSA Seeks Information from Industry on Domestic Solar Panel Production

National
As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to spur Made-in-America clean energy industries, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) issued a Request for Information (RFI) to learn more about the availability of domestically manufactured so

NAREB HOSTS PANEL AT CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS ON USING SPECIAL PURPOSE CREDIT PROGRAMS TO...

National
After HUD issued a guidance in December 2021 clarifying that Special Purpose Credit Plans (SPCPs) do not violate the Fair Housing Act, organizations and financial institutions have initiated plans to develop SPCPs that can address discrimination in mortgage lending, systemic racism, and redlining.
Milestones

InstaMortgage is First to Launch Milestones Homeownership Portals for Client Enrichment

National
Milestones (milestones.ai), the all-in-one homeowner portal making it easier for consumers to buy, move, sell, manage and access mortgage services for their home, is pleased to announce their partnership with InstaMortgage
Choosing A New Community

The Important Factors To Consider When Choosing A New Community

National
Buying a new home is an exciting endeavor, and you’ve probably researched the type of house you want. Although determining the type of house you want is essential, many people get carried
DOE

DOE Opens Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding Opportunity for Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs and Releases...

National
The U.S. Department of Energy today opened applications for the $7 billion program to create regional clean hydrogen hubs
Joe Jesuele - HomeJab - headshot

HomeJab real estate photographer survey shares “Rants and Raves”

National
HomeJab, which provides real estate agents on-demand professional real estate photography services in all 50 US states, released its first annual "Rants and Raves" survey of professional real estate photographers.
MBA

Homebuyer Affordability Improved for Third Straight Month in August

National
Homebuyer affordability improved for the third straight month in August, with the national median payment applied for by applicants decreasing to $1,839 from $1,844 in July.

Homebuilder’s Profit Margins Tighten as Housing Market Slows

National
The Association of Professional Builders (APB), today announced new guidelines to maintain profitability for small home builders, given 75% operate on a net profit margin of 3% or less1. As a leading business coaching service for custom home builders, with members in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, these profit margin guidelines are even more important now, given the slowing housing market, difficult supply chain, and labor shortage issues.

Atlanta REALTORS® Releases August 2022 Statistics on Housing Market

National
Atlanta REALTORS® Association (ARA), the largest association of its kind in Georgia, released its August 2022 Market Brief on residential housing statistics for 11 area counties in metropolitan Atlanta. The Market Brief, compiled by First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS), provides the only regionally-focused synopsis of monthly sales and home prices for single-family residential properties.

CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS? to Offer Milestones as Member Benefit

National
Milestones (milestones.ai), the all-in-one homeowner portal making it easier for consumers to buy, move, sell, and manage their home, is pleased to announce that the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS? (C.A.R.) will be launching Milestones as a member benefit to its more than 217,000 REALTORS? members.
Ensuring Your Home’s Roof Is In Good Shape

Tips For Ensuring Your Home’s Roof Is In Good Shape

National
Maintaining your house’s roofing in tip-top condition doesn’t just increase the property’s value, but it also makes the building more comfortable for residents. According to statistics, almost 80% of American homes were constructed over two decades ago
NAHB

Multifamily Starts Surge in August as Single-Family Production Remains Weak

National
High mortgage rates and building production bottlenecks continue to act as a drag on the single-family housing market even as overall housing starts posted a double-digit gain in August
The White House

WHITEHOUSE ANNOUNCES FUNDING TO SUPPORT SAFE HOUSING FOR VICTIMS OF ABUSE IN RHODE ISLAND

National
$850k Congressionally Directed Spending request will allow Sojourner House to expand housing portfolio, provide supportive services to clients experiencing abuse

Federal Court Throws Out Pipeline Permit for Cadiz Water Project

National
A federal court today ruled to scrap an important pipeline permit for the controversial Cadiz water mining project, siding with the Biden administration and tribal communities. The project threatened to drain the Mojave Desert of 16 billion gallons of water annually

Workshop participants learn putting your best financial foot forward is a key step toward...

National
Homeownership had always been a dream for Sarah and Mario Aguila. The couple had been saving for years, paying attention to their finances, and never splurging on anything unnecessary. Finally, they decided it was time to take the plunge and explore purchasing their first home

U.S. National


VA

VA awards more than $130M in new grant funding to help homeless Veterans and...

National
On Sept. 13, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it awarded $137 million in grants through VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program to help Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and their families.

Renting Out the American Dream: Are Hedge Funds Hurting or Helping Home Ownership?

National
The Atlanta REALTORS® Association is hosting a Town Hall meeting for the general public to educate buyers and sellers about the impact large investors are having on the housing market. Fewer homes for sale; more only available to rent... and rents are rising! These trends affect everyone! There is no cost to attend.
AGC

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT GROWS IN 246 OF 358 METRO AREAS FROM AUGUST 2021 TO 2022...

National
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas, Muskegon, Mich., Bloomington, Ill. Have Largest 12-Month Gains; Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Fla. and Richmond, Va. Experience the Worst Year-over-Year Decreases
USDOJ

Former U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Assistant Inspector General Convicted of Falsifying...

National
A federal jury convicted a former Assistant Inspector General for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) yesterday for engaging in a scheme to conceal his financial
GSA

GSA Seeks Information from Industry on Domestic Solar Panel Production

National
As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to spur Made-in-America clean energy industries, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) issued a Request for Information (RFI) to learn more about the availability of domestically manufactured so

NAREB HOSTS PANEL AT CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS ON USING SPECIAL PURPOSE CREDIT PROGRAMS TO...

National
After HUD issued a guidance in December 2021 clarifying that Special Purpose Credit Plans (SPCPs) do not violate the Fair Housing Act, organizations and financial institutions have initiated plans to develop SPCPs that can address discrimination in mortgage lending, systemic racism, and redlining.
Milestones

InstaMortgage is First to Launch Milestones Homeownership Portals for Client Enrichment

National
Milestones (milestones.ai), the all-in-one homeowner portal making it easier for consumers to buy, move, sell, manage and access mortgage services for their home, is pleased to announce their partnership with InstaMortgage
Choosing A New Community

The Important Factors To Consider When Choosing A New Community

National
Buying a new home is an exciting endeavor, and you’ve probably researched the type of house you want. Although determining the type of house you want is essential, many people get carried
DOE

DOE Opens Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding Opportunity for Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs and Releases...

National
The U.S. Department of Energy today opened applications for the $7 billion program to create regional clean hydrogen hubs
Joe Jesuele - HomeJab - headshot

HomeJab real estate photographer survey shares “Rants and Raves”

National
HomeJab, which provides real estate agents on-demand professional real estate photography services in all 50 US states, released its first annual "Rants and Raves" survey of professional real estate photographers.
MBA

Homebuyer Affordability Improved for Third Straight Month in August

National
Homebuyer affordability improved for the third straight month in August, with the national median payment applied for by applicants decreasing to $1,839 from $1,844 in July.

Homebuilder’s Profit Margins Tighten as Housing Market Slows

National
The Association of Professional Builders (APB), today announced new guidelines to maintain profitability for small home builders, given 75% operate on a net profit margin of 3% or less1. As a leading business coaching service for custom home builders, with members in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, these profit margin guidelines are even more important now, given the slowing housing market, difficult supply chain, and labor shortage issues.

Atlanta REALTORS® Releases August 2022 Statistics on Housing Market

National
Atlanta REALTORS® Association (ARA), the largest association of its kind in Georgia, released its August 2022 Market Brief on residential housing statistics for 11 area counties in metropolitan Atlanta. The Market Brief, compiled by First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS), provides the only regionally-focused synopsis of monthly sales and home prices for single-family residential properties.

CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS? to Offer Milestones as Member Benefit

National
Milestones (milestones.ai), the all-in-one homeowner portal making it easier for consumers to buy, move, sell, and manage their home, is pleased to announce that the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS? (C.A.R.) will be launching Milestones as a member benefit to its more than 217,000 REALTORS? members.
Ensuring Your Home’s Roof Is In Good Shape

Tips For Ensuring Your Home’s Roof Is In Good Shape

National
Maintaining your house’s roofing in tip-top condition doesn’t just increase the property’s value, but it also makes the building more comfortable for residents. According to statistics, almost 80% of American homes were constructed over two decades ago
Support Ukrainian Refugees

GFP Real Estate and Its Tenants Raise More Than $200,000 to Support Ukrainian Refugees

National
GFP Real Estate is pleased to announce that its "Support Ukraine in Crisis" campaign raised more than $200,000 to support humanitarian relief efforts on the ground in Ukraine.
NAHB

Multifamily Starts Surge in August as Single-Family Production Remains Weak

National
High mortgage rates and building production bottlenecks continue to act as a drag on the single-family housing market even as overall housing starts posted a double-digit gain in August
The White House

WHITEHOUSE ANNOUNCES FUNDING TO SUPPORT SAFE HOUSING FOR VICTIMS OF ABUSE IN RHODE ISLAND

National
$850k Congressionally Directed Spending request will allow Sojourner House to expand housing portfolio, provide supportive services to clients experiencing abuse

Federal Court Throws Out Pipeline Permit for Cadiz Water Project

National
A federal court today ruled to scrap an important pipeline permit for the controversial Cadiz water mining project, siding with the Biden administration and tribal communities. The project threatened to drain the Mojave Desert of 16 billion gallons of water annually

Workshop participants learn putting your best financial foot forward is a key step toward...

National
Homeownership had always been a dream for Sarah and Mario Aguila. The couple had been saving for years, paying attention to their finances, and never splurging on anything unnecessary. Finally, they decided it was time to take the plunge and explore purchasing their first home

U.S. States


FEMA

President Donald J. Trump Approves Emergency Disaster Declaration for Texas

Texas
FEMA announced federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Texas to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Hanna from July 25, 2020, and continuing
FEMA

FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Numbers Fire

California
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the State of Nevada in combating the Numbers Fire burning in Douglas County.
Start An LLC In Texas

How Much Does It Cost To Start An LLC In Texas?

National
In the process of setting up your Texas LLC, you'll be faced with quite a few expenses. Some of these are required by legislation, and others are just recommended. We'll cover the costs of setting up an LLC in Texas and also provide you with the informatio
Registered Agent In Texas

5 Benefits Of Using A Registered Agent In Texas

Texas
The services of a registration agent began as part of due process in the US Constitution. A lawsuit includes the legal right to be notified of claims or other legal matters. Here are some brief things that will help explain what a Registered Agent Service In Texas 

Avoid TV Tip-Over Incidents During Super Bowl LIV with Safety Tips

New York
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) is alerting consumers about the dangers of television (TV) tip-over hazards. Millions of New Yorkers will watch the Super Bowl this Sunday either on TVs at home or at parties with friends. DCP is taking this TV-focused occasion to remind consumers of critical TV safety tips.
Starbucks_Fresno

Brand-New Single-Tenant Starbucks Drive-Thru Trades in Fresno, Calif. for $1,345 PSF

California
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 has completed the sale of a brand-new, single-tenant Starbucks
FEMA

Rosenberg family home for the holidays – and prepared for future hurricanes

Texas
A Houston-area mom is sharing her Hurricane Harvey recovery story this holiday season, along with the importance of always being prepared for flood events.

5 Cities in Florida: Which One Makes for the Best Real Estate Investment Opportunity...

Florida
Fast-growing Florida has been a favorite of real estate investors for many years. With so much interest having been focused on the state, though, investors need to take care to seek the best available opportunities.

WALTER J. MAHONEY STATE OFFICE BUILDING TO BE SOLD

New York
Office of General Services Commissioner RoAnn Destito today announced that the Senator Walter J. Mahoney State Office Building located at 65 Court Street in Buffalo will be sold at auction in 2020. A work group formed earlier this year made up of City, County, and State officials working with professional real estate consultants CBRE, determined that in the current competitive and robust Buffalo real estate market
SCR

Charleston South Carolina expected to outpace national real estate market averages through 2025

National
The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) recently identified 10 markets expected to outperform over the next three to five years. In alphabetical order, the markets are
Peter Evering

WHAT IS THE EVICTION PROCESS IN CALIFORNIA?

California
Eviction is a dirty word for both tenants and the landlords that believe the time has come to remove one or more parties from an apartment. The process anywhere can lead to a strained relationship at best and a bitter acrimonious fight that ends up in the judicial system.
FEMA

FEMA Offers Free Rebuilding Tips at Local Home Improvement Stores

Texas
Disaster survivors affected by the severe storms and floods from Tropical Storm Imelda, can visit local home improvement stores in Katy, Houston and Spring from Monday, Dec. 9, to Saturday
ABC National

Florida Tops ABC’s Annual Merit Shop Scorecard State Ranking for Second Year in a...

Florida
Associated Builders and Contractors released its 2019 Merit Shop Scorecard today, an annual ranking based on state policies and programs that encourage workforce development, career and technical education
Top 4 Places to Buy a Second Home

Top 4 Places to Buy a Second Home in the US

National
There are about 7.4 million homes owned as a second home in the United States. For many people, their second home is a vacation home. This gives them a chance to get away and break routine while also having all of the comforts of being in their own home.
Carol Corden cuts the ribbon

Ribbon Cutting Celebrating New Affordable Apartments in the Bronx for Low-Income Families and Domestic...

New York
New Destiny was joined by supporters and colleagues to celebrate the opening of its newly constructed service-enriched affordable housing project - The Jennings - located in the Crotona Park East
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD AWARDS $1.5 MILLION TO PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITIES TO ASSIST YOUNG PEOPLE AGING OUT...

National
U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson today awarded $1.5 million to nearly a dozen housing authorities to assist young people aging out

BLM NAMES VETERAN LAND MANAGER TO LEAD CALIFORNIA STATE OFFICE

California
The Bureau of Land Management today announced that Karen Mouritsen has been named the new California State Director—a key leadership position based in Sacramento. As State Director, Mouritsen will direct a team that manages lands encompassing 15% of the Golden State’s total land mass
USDOJ

California Real Estate Developer Convicted of Making Conduit Contributions in Two U.S. Congressional Campaigns

California
Today, a federal jury found an Oakland-area real estate developer guilty for funneling tens of thousands of dollars through straw donors into two consecutive congressional campaigns

NYS OASAS ANNOUNCES OPENING OF NEW RECOVERY CENTER IN NEW YORK CITY

New York
The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) today announced the opening of the new JLC Recovery and Wellness Center in New York City. JLC is operated by Exponents Inc. and provides free help and support services for people affected by addiction and for their families.

Robust U.S economy not a boost for black homeownership

National
In spite of a robust U.S. economy, a strong employment rate, and steadily increasing 401(k) plan earnings, Black homeownership rates continue to drop. Drawing from the 2019 release of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers

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AGC

SIXTY PERCENT OF FIRMS WORKING ON HIGHWAY UPGRADES EXPERIENCED CARS CRASHING INTO THEIR WORK...

National
Annual Survey by HCSS and Associated General Contractors of America Finds Drivers and Passengers are at Greater Risk of Injury and Death in Work Zone Crashes As Officials Urge Drivers
NAHB

New Home Sales Decline in May

National
Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 7.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 626,000 units in May, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.
DOI

$17+ Million in Grants Will Help States, Local Communities Keep Waters Clean, Economies Thriving

National
Water-loving outdoor recreationists and local communities in 27 states will have additional resources to help boaters keep America’s waters clean, thanks to more than $17 million in Clean Vessel Act program grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
FEMA

Port Aransas ready for return of summer tourism

Texas
Texas SandFest drew a record 35,000 people April 26-28, encouraging business owners that Port Aransas is on its way to recovery. With nearly all the city’s retailers and restaurants re-opened, residents are beginning to feel like things are getting back to normal.
OJO Labs - Eight Major Awards

OJO Labs: Five Months, Eight Major Awards

National
OJO Labs, a leading-edge technology company on a mission to empower consumer decision-making through its conversational AI assistant, OJO, won the highly coveted 2019 A-List Award among mid-sized companies from the Austin Chamber of Commerce in partnership with SXSW
Property on Airbnb

Should I Rent Out my Property on Airbnb?

National
Listing property on Airbnb has become a popular way to make extra money, meet new people, and provide some freedom, but there are a few key things to think about when you are considering listing your property. It is key to know what you’re getting yourself into.
Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation Launches $5.5 Million Opportunity Zone Community Capacity Building Initiative for Select...

National
The Rockefeller Foundation today announced an initiative to help U.S. cities attract responsible private investment in economically-distressed communities through Opportunity Zones created in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This effort will help ensure new investment delivers sustainable benefits for more than 30 million low-income Americans living in Opportunity Zones
PaulineWeaver

Eden Housing and City of Fremont Celebrate Grand Opening of KTGY-Designed Affordable Senior Housing...

National
Pauline Weaver Senior Apartments is located in the Warms Springs area of Alameda County and features 90 apartment homes for very low and extremely low-income seniors, near I-880 freeway, BART, shopping, services and other amenities.
VA

VA’s Home Loan Guaranty program notifies Veterans of potential loan fee waivers

National
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced May 13 that Veterans who qualify for a VA Home Loan funding fee waiver are now being notified in their home loan eligibility certificate and disability compensation award letter.
Merri Jo Cowen - headshot

A Stellar Idea: My Florida Regional MLS Reimagines the Multiple Listing Service

The nation's third-largest Multiple Listing Service, My Florida Regional MLS, will become Stellar MLS on June 4, 2019, in a move that totally reimagines the MLS. Currently serving 58,000 customers
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HOME BUILDERS TO CO-HOST HUD INNOVATIVE HOUSING SHOWCASE

National
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson today announced the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) will co-host the Department's inaugural "Innovative Housing Showcase." The Innovative Housing Showcase will be held on the National Mall June 1-5, 2019

Department of the Interior: Yakima Water Plan Is a “Model” and “Holistic”

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, asked the Department of the Interior about its commitment to the Yakima River Basin during a hearing on the president’s FY 2017 budget request. Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael Connor agreed with Sen. Cantwell that the Yakima River Basin plan “is a model for the rest of the nation in water management.”

Energy Costs to Cook Thanksgiving Meal Up to 25% Lower in 2015

“Consumers Energy is thankful to be a part of holiday celebrations across the state as warm Thanksgiving memories are being made, and we are committed to providing many more generations of Michigan families with reliable, affordable energy in all seasons,” said Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy’s vice president and chief customer officer

Agencies Issue Final Rule to Exempt Subset of Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans from Appraisal Requirements

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 13, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Six federal financial regulatory agencies today issued a final rule that creates exemptions from certain appraisal requirements for a subset of higher-priced mortgage loans. The exemptions are intended to save borrowers time and money while still ensuring that the loans are financially sound

Department Enters into Consent Order with Equity Loans, LLC and its owners Eduardo Gutierrez...

Atlanta, Georgia - November 13, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance (“Department”) entered into a Consent Order with Equity Loans, LLC, License Number 23300, located at 1150 Hammond Dr., Building E, Suite 650, Atlanta, Georgia 30328, to resolve allegations pertaining to violations of the Georgia Residential Mortgage Act

Business Real Estate Press Releases

Milestones

InstaMortgage is First to Launch Milestones Homeownership Portals for Client Enrichment

Milestones (milestones.ai), the all-in-one homeowner portal making it easier for consumers to buy, move, sell, manage and access mortgage services for their home, is pleased to announce their partnership with InstaMortgage

Recent Gov & Nonprofit Real Estate Press Releases

VA

VA awards more than $130M in new grant funding to help...

On Sept. 13, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it awarded $137 million in grants through VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program to help Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and their families.