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New Homes Can Be Energy-Efficient and Affordable, Reveals Study by Building Codes Assistance Project

Washington, D.C. - November 26, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The average incremental cost of constructing a new home to meet the current energy efficiency building code – the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) – comes to a mere $818.72, according to a recent study by the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP), a nonprofit advocacy organization that supports code adoption and implementation

REALTORS® Give Thanks to American Troops and their Families this Holiday Season

Washington, DC - November 25, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- As the holiday season approaches, the National Association of REALTORS® is giving thanks to American troops. NAR will provide care packages and housing assistance to support soldiers and their families here in the U.S. and abroad. Two national charities will receive support from NAR – Operation American Soldier and USA Cares.

Rent Jungle: First Rental Housing Search Engine

Pittsburgh, PA - November 25, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Rent Jungle (www.rentjungle.com) unveiled an industry-first web site, allowing apartment and rental-house hunters to search the contents of listings from thousands of other web sites – using spidering and indexing technologies similar to that of a search engine, but dedicated exclusively to the rental housing industry.

United Properties’ Ford Center signs lease with HGA and begins renovations

MINNEAPOLIS, MI - November 24, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- United Properties announces that the Ford Center* has signed a lease with HGA Architects and Engineers for 80,000 sq. ft. in its historic office building in the Minneapolis Warehouse District. To ready the Ford Center for 2011 renovations, United Properties also recently received historic renovation design approval from the National Park Service and the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission, and approval for a building addition from the City of Minneapolis Planning Commission.

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT EXPANDS IN 29 STATES BETWEEN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER AS INDUSTRY’S EMPLOYMENT SITUATION...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 24, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Construction employment expanded in 29 states between September and October, while fewer people are working in construction compared to last year in 39 states, the Associated General Contractors of America reported in an analysis of state employment data released today by the Labor Department. The new figures continue a nearly year-long trend of ups and downs in construction employment as the industry performs stimulus-funded work yet grapples with broad market uncertaint

Results Declared in Board Elections at FHLBank Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, PA November 23, 2010 – The Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank) of Pittsburgh today declared the results of the recent election to fill seats vacated by Directors whose terms expire on December 31, 2010. The election includes two member director positions for Delaware, one member director position each for Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and two non-member independent director positions

NeighborWorks America Offers Home and Family Energy-Saving Tips for Consumers This Winter

Washington, D.C. - November 23, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- As the days grow colder and consumers gear up for another winter, many are looking for ways to beat the season’s high monthly energy costs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average U.S. household spends about $1,900 per year on home utility bills. With so much of a consumer’s monthly income spent on energy this winter, NeighborWorks America urges consumers to reduce their utility costs by weatherizing their homes this winter.

Existing-Home Sales Decline in October Following Two Monthly Gains

Washington, DC - November 23, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Existing-home sales retreated in October on the heels of two strong monthly gains, according to the National Association of REALTORS

Thousands Gather on the National Mall to Prevent and End Homelessness

WASHINGTON, DC - November 22, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today more than 15,000 walkers joined together on the National Mall to participate in Fannie Mae's 23rd Annual Help the Homeless Walkathon, raising awareness and funds to prevent and end homelessness.

Freddie Mac Maximum Loan Limits Set For First Nine Months of 2011

McLean, VA - November 22, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Freddie Mac (FMCC.OB) said today its maximum conforming loan limits for the first nine months of 2011 will be unchanged from those in effect during 2010 as the result of new calculations from the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Freddie Mac Announces New Jumbo/Super Conforming Loan Pools

McLean, VA - November 22, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Freddie Mac (OTC:FMCC) today announced that generally beginning December 1, 2010, the company will issue Jumbo/Super Conforming Pools under the three following prefixes

HUD LAUNCHES NEW ONE-STOP WEBSITE FOR ECONOMIC AND HOUSING DATA

WASHINGTON, DC - November 22, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today unveiled a new website that consolidates a wide variety of economic and housing market data at the regional, state, metropolitan area and county levels. Using data from the Census Bureau, Labor Department, State and Local governments, housing industry sources, as well as HUD’s own field economists, the new website employs interactive maps that allow visitors to access a variety of reports – from a region-wide look at employment and housing activity to individual county-level figures on population trends, rental activity and vacancy rates.

Philadelphia Hosts 14th National Brownfields Conference at Pennsylvania Convention Center April 3-5, 2011

WASHINGTON D.C.- November 22, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- More than 6,000 environmental and economic development officials, finance and insurance providers, risk managers, planners, attorneys, civil engineers and students are expected to attend the U.S. EPA co-sponsored National Brownfields Conference, April 3-5, 2011, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

IdentitySecure Gives Realtors® Peace of Mind

Washington, DC- November 22, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Identity theft is becoming one of the fastest growing crimes in America, and the National Association of Realtors® is committed to helping members keep their identities safe. Toward that end, the IdentitySecure Program for Realtors® is now available through NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program in partnership with Affinion Benefits Group, LLC.

Senior U.S. District Court Judge Pleads Guilty to Possession of Controlled Substances and Conversion...

WASHINGTON, DC - November 19, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Senior U.S. District Judge Jack T. Camp Jr., pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Atlanta to possession of controlled substances and conversion of government property, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division, Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Lamkin of the FBI’s Atlanta office and Director Vernon Keenan of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Vice President Biden Announces New Initiatives to Help Homeowners, Veterans, and Workers Access Legal...

WASHINGTON, DC - November 19, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- At a Middle Class Task Force event today, co-hosted by the Department of Justice’s Access to Justice Initiative, Vice President Biden announced a series of steps designed to help middle class and low-income families secure their legal rights. These actions include strengthening foreclosure mediation programs, helping veterans secure the legal help they need, and making it easier for workers to find a qualified attorney when they believe their rights have been violated.

Architecture Billings Index Reverts Back into Negative Territory

Washington, D.C. - November 19, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Following the first positive reading since January 2008, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dropped nearly two points in October. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the October ABI score was 48.7, down from a reading of 50.4 the previous month. This score reflects a decrease in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 61.7, down slightly from a nearly three-year high mark of 62.3 in September

Multi-housing social media expert promoted to director of marketing

NORFOLK, VA - November 19, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Erica Campbell, former senior manager of new media marketing for For Rent Media Solutions, a leading resource for searching apartments nationwide and a division of Dominion Enterprises, has been promoted to director of marketing. As director of marketing, Campbell will oversee business to consumer marketing initiatives for For Rent Media Solutions and its sister site

Helena National Bank and FHLB Dallas Award Partnership Grant to Main Street Helena

HELENA, AR - November 19, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Helena National Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) are pleased to announce that they have awarded a $4,000 Partnership Grant Program (PGP) award to Main Street Helena. Representatives from the banks joined Main Street Helena officials for a check presentation Tuesday in historic downtown Helena

FEMA Experts Offer Mitigation Tips to Make Properties Water Resistant

ST. THOMAS, USVI - November 19, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- As many Virgin Islanders were affected by recent floods caused by heavy rainfall, officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urge citizens to take steps to lessen damages in future flooding events

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NAREB announces its 2020 Spring Policy Web Conference

With the 2020 election cycle in its sites and while in the midst of a global pandemic, NAREB fully realizes and understands the importance of maintaining collaboration and conversation with every level of Government at this critical point in time by hosting the NAREB 2020 Spring Policy Web Conference on May 20 – May 22, 2020.