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WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 9, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Today the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it will implement new FHA single-family loan limits on January 1, 2014, as specified by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA). Read FHA’s mortgagee letter detailing the agency’s new loan limits. More

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Eighth District Housing Market Conditions Continue To Improve During Third Quarter 2013

House prices rose and mortgage delinquencies fell across all seven states that comprise the Federal Reserve’s Eighth District during the third quarter of 2013, according to the St. Louis Fed’s latest Housing Market Conditions. More

IBHS Commends DHS Report Highlighting the Importance of Building Codes

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released a report entitled including Building Codes in the National Flood Insurance Program, which discusses the feasibility of including model building codes in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The study will be used by Congress to consider whether to make adoption and enforcement of model building codes mandatory for communities participating in the NFIP program. More

ConsensusDocs Releases Industry First Design-Build Joint Venture Agreement and a Teaming Agreement

Today, ConsensusDocs released a new Design-Build Joint Venture Agreement and a new Teaming Agreement. As the first industry standard joint venture for design-build, the document fills an important need. Constructors, architects and engineers are increasingly using joint venture relationships on projects utilizing the design-build project delivery method. Many potential joint venture relationships, which can be filled by constructors, design professionals or multiple permutations of those parties can use this new contract document. The new document helps parties address issues such as licensing and insurance requirements, as well as risk allocation issues. More

Montgomery County Announces 14th Annual Housing Fair and Financial Fitness Day; Sponsors and Exhibitors Invited

The Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) invites realtors, banks, credit unions, homeowner associations, property managers, assisted living facilities, state and local government agencies, community organizations, businesses and nonprofits to be sponsors and exhibitors at the 14th Annual Montgomery County Housing Fair and Financial Fitness Day. The fair will take place on Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park, Summit Hall Farm, 506 S. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg. More

Counselor to the Treasury Secretary for Housing Finance Policy Michael Stegman at the “America’s Rental Housing: Evolving Markets And Needs” Event hosted by the Joint Center For Housing Studies of Harvard University

Thank you for that kind introduction. It’s great to be here with you all today because I feel a very special connection for the sponsor of America’s Rental Housing Report.
I go back a long way with Eric Belsky and Nic Retsinas, and Bill Apgar, and their predecessors; in fact I’m probably one of the few people in this room that actually knows what the “Joint” in Joint Center stands for. More

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Markell, Carper, Coons and Carney Announce $1 Million for Delaware Historic Properties Damaged by Superstorm Sandy

Governor Jack Markell, U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons and Congressman John Carney, along with the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs announced that the National Park Service has awarded $1 million in federal funds help Delaware historic properties that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. More

New York company buys two Dayton-area restaurants

A major national retail real estate investor has snatched up two more Dayton-area fast food locations. American Realty Capital, based in New York, purchased two local Burger Kings, one at 5341 Salem Ave. in Trotwood, and the other at 352 E. National Road in Vandalia. More

Mayor Emanuel and the Kitchen Community Announce the Installation of the 100th Learning Garden at a Chicago Public School

In 18 months, the City, CPS, and the Kitchen Community Achieved its Goal of Installing 100 Learning Gardens Across the City to Provide Students with Hands-On Nutrition and Science Education Opportunities
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Kitchen Community today gathered together with students, teachers, parents, and community volunteers at Peirce Elementary School to celebrate achieving the goal of the 100th Learning Garden at a Chicago Public School (CPS). Since the start of the initiative in 2012, Learning Gardens are now featured in 100 schools, providing over 50,000 children across Chicago every school day hands-on nutrition and science education opportunities. More

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Mercy Housing Lakefront Recognizes Homelessness Awareness Week with Bus Tour

Mercy Housing Lakefront recognized National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week with a bus tour in Chicago’s Uptown and Near North neighborhoods.
According to the Chicago Coalition of the Homeless, 116,042 Chicagoans were homeless throughout the course of the 2012-2013 school year, including a record number of 18,669 students. More

Kuster Derides LIHEAP Cuts that Leave Low-Income New Hampshire Families Out In the Cold

LIHEAP provides low-income households – including those with young children, individuals with disabilities, and seniors – with heating assistance to help pay energy bills during the winter


Roseland Place Senior Apartments Honored with MetLife Foundation Award

On October 25th, Enterprise Community Partners and the MetLife Foundation presented the 2013 MetLife Foundation Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing to Mercy Housing Lakefront and Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago at a luncheon at Roseland Place Senior Apartments. The award recognizes best practices in innovation in green, health care and service-enriched housing for low-income seniors at Roseland Place Apartments. More

Charter One Bank Helps Plant More than 1,500 Flower Bulbs at Pullman Wheelworks Apartments

Mercy Housing Lakefront teamed up with Charter One employees earlier this fall to get a head start on landscaping at the Pullman Wheelworks Apartments.
The Charter One employee volunteers worked together with Pullman Wheelworks residents to landscape and beautify the exterior of the building. The group planted dozens of shrubs and more than 1,500 flower bulbs. More

Expanded “Green Button” Will Reach Federal Agencies and More American Energy Consumers

President Obama issued a memorandum directing federal agencies to redouble efforts to use renewable energy and manage their energy usage more efficiently and effectively. In addition to setting an ambitious new target for federal agencies to increase their consumption of renewable energy to 20 percent of their total amount of electric energy use by 2020, the memorandum instructs agencies to incorporate the “Green Button” data standard into their energy management practices. More

Home for the Holidays: Do’s and Don’ts

For many of us this is one of the few times during the year that we see our aging parents. Often the change we see in their general demeanor and health can be of great concern and sometimes emotionally debilitating.
It is easy to feel responsible and even guilty when we realize that our parents may need some extra assistance or support and we cannot always be the ones to give it to them. We are often faced with more than geographical challenges when it comes to the quality and quantity of time we have to spend addressing the needs of our aging parents. It doesn’t make it any easier, when our parents are in denial about their own circumstances. More

Homestead may drop land deal with Perez

Homestead’s City Council on Tuesday will consider turning its back on a 19-property land sale it made with Dade Medical College, The Miami Herald reports. More

Keep it down, will ya?: What to do about noisy neighbors

Rosslyn resident Katie Walker didn’t just gain new neighbors when two women moved into the apartment next to hers. She also got a new soundtrack to accompany her day-to-day activities.
“They talked extremely loudly, and I could hear every detail of their conversations,” she says. More

Officials give green light to Boston’s first parking-free condo development

Boston regulators Thursday night approved the city’s first parking-free condominium building next to North Station, setting a bold precedent in an effort to reduce automobile use in a densely packed downtown.
The 175-unit building is slated to rise at Lovejoy Wharf, a complex of homes, office, and retail spaces off Causeway Street in the West End. A new headquarters for sneaker company Converse Inc. is already under construction there, and the 15-story residential building will come next. More

Homeless vigil tonight in Gettysburg as winter weather nears

With colder weather on the way, Gettysburg Seminary students plan a vigil on the town’s square and collection for blankets tonight in recognition of the increasing concerns about homelessness in Pennsylvania and Adams County, according to an emailed release from the school. More

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