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SEPS2BIM Team to Discuss Award-Winning Facility Management Project

Find out how federal agencies are using building information modeling (BIM) for space and equipment planning by attending an upcoming Federal Real Property Association meeting, entitled “Federal Agency Collaboration Using BIM and the Cloud,” to be held next Tuesday, March 22 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, in Washington, D.C.

Key Consumer Protection Bureau Jumps into the Data Security Fray

For the first time, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) entered the data security enforcement arena, announcing that ittook action against online payment platform Dwolla. Dwolla collects and stores personally identifiable information, including customers’ names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and banking information. NMHC has been following cyber policy and regulatory developments carefully because of the highly sensitive personally identifiable information that firms and their service providers collect.

NCRC and KeyBank Announce Landmark $16.5 Billion Community Benefits Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (RealEstateRama) -- The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) and KeyBank signed a landmark $16.5 billion community benefits agreement. The commitment, signed...

Helping People Over 50 Keep Unexpected Expenses From Becoming a Crisis

Nearly half of Americans (47 percent) lack the ability to pay for an unexpected $400 expense, according to the Federal Reserve Board’s Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2014. Retired Americans and those nearing retirement age often are particularly financially vulnerable.

Academy Award Winner Sally Field Opens Up About Her New Stage of Life, How...

Two-time Academy Award® winning actress Sally Field spent years living in a rambling ranch house in the Malibu Hills with a swimming pool, plenty of room for her three sons and, later, her cancer-stricken mom, and a lifetime of accumulated stuff. Following the death of her mother at age 89, empty nester Field has settled into a new stage of life with a new way of thinking.

PROTECTING DRINKING WATER THROUGH HEALTHY FORESTS

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) hosted a special session at the 2016 Sustainable Water Management Conference to highlight the important role that forests play in protecting drinking water. “Seeing Green: Improving Water Quality and Quantity through Forestry” featured six speakers who highlighted case studies, new opportunities, and successful strategies from across the country. The session was held Wednesday morning, March 9, 2016, in Providence, Rhode Island.

New Loan Standards Will Help Increase Access to Safe and Affordable Mortgage Credit

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) issued new rules to update the certification process for loans backed by the agency. All lenders making FHA-backed loans must certify that each loan has complied with the appropriate rules that serve to protect both consumers and taxpayers. Lenders who violate the rules could face the liability of having to forfeit FHA insurance and buy back any loans they sold under false representations and pay triple damages. Lenders must also get certified to be eligible to offer FHA backed loans. Rules finalized today are for the individual loan certification process. The certification process for lenders is, at this stage, only a proposal.

ABA Community Bank Mortgage LLC Announces Agreement with BOK Financial Correspondent

WASHINGTON – (RealEstateRama) — ABA Community Bank Mortgage LLC, a subsidiary of the American Bankers Association, has selected BOK Financial Correspondent Lending as its...

National Real Estate Industry Leaders Join ULI’s Executive Committee for Americas Region

The Urban Land Institute (ULI), one of the world’s leading authorities on land use and urban planning, appointed a group of 15 nationally recognized industry leaders to its newly formed executive committee for the Americas. The regional committee is a key element in ULI’s comprehensive restructuring plan launched earlier this year.

Independent Mortgage Banks Profits Down 60 percent in 4th Quarter As Know Before You...

Independent mortgage banks and mortgage subsidiaries of chartered banks reported a net gain of $493 on each loan they originated in the fourth quarter of 2015, down from a reported gain of $1,238 per loan in the third quarter of 2015, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reported today in its Quarterly Mortgage Bankers Performance Report

Interactive Budget Simulator Puts Focus on Rising Deficits and Political Priorities

What if federal budget decisions were in your hands? A new tool lets each American see the impact of changing priorities on issues like health care, Social Security, and income tax rates.

Press registration open for WINDPOWER 2016 Conference

American wind power just posted its third best year on record, and with long-term policy stability in place, the industry’s next generation of growth is accelerating ahead. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) WINDPOWER 2016 Conference & Exhibition brings together all of the industry’s key players under one roof. The event is the best opportunity all year for deals to be made and learn what’s coming next for wind power.

ULI Receives $250,000 Grant from the Kresge Foundation to Support Creative Place Making Initiative

The Urban Land Institute (ULI), a global research and education institute dedicated to responsible land use and building thriving, sustainable communities, has been awarded an $250,000 grant from The Kresge Foundation to support a new initiative, Creative Place Making in Communities in America. Through this program, the Institute will examine how to revive declining urban areas such as obsolete commercial corridors through innovative place making that transforms soulless clusters of underutilized space into thriving, vibrant destinations.

Rose Center for Public Leadership Working with Rochester Mayor on Downtown Revitalization

The Rose Center for Public Leadership, jointly operated by the National League of Cities (NLC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), is working this week with Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren to help the city, its partners and stakeholders develop land use and implementation strategies to activate and revitalize Main Street, the Genesee River Corridor, and the Broad Street Aqueduct, creating dynamic connections between these three downtown assets.

Single-Family Housing Starts Reach Highest Level since November 2007

Nationwide housing starts rose 5.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.178 million units in February, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. Single-family production increased 7.2 percent to 822,000 units—its highest level since November 2007—while multifamily starts remained virtually unchanged, inching up 0.8 percent to 356,000 units.

Builder Confidence Holds Steady in March

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes was unchanged in March at a level of 58 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).

Congressman Cleaver Visits KCHBA

As part of Bringing Housing Home™, members of the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City met on Friday, March 11 with Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver II (D-MO) to talk about issues important to the homebuilding industry.

ULI to Advise Charlotte on Transforming Southpark Suburb into Walkable Destination, Magnet for Investment

Next week, a panel of nationally renowned land use, real estate development, design and urban planning experts will visit Charlotte’s SouthPark neighborhood to evaluate how to improve the area’s livability and economic development potential. The advisory services panel, convened by the Urban Land Institute (ULI), will provide recommendations on how Charlotte can continue to transform the business and retail hub from an auto-oriented suburban place into a pedestrian-oriented destination that strengthens the surrounding neighborhoods, increases the supply of affordable housing, and has strong appeal as a magnet for business development and investment

INTRODUCING IREC’s Updated Solar Career Map to School & Career Counselors

Solar offers an exciting range of opportunities for new and incumbent workers, and now there is an updated tool to help you share with students and other stakeholders more about this rapidly advancing and changing industry. IREC’s Solar Career Map features the faces and information behind the expanding universe of solar-energy occupations. It describes diverse jobs across the industry, charting possible progression between them, and identifies the sorts of experience and credentials necessary to do them well.

NCRC to Host 2016 Annual Conference March 16-19 in Washington, DC

From March 16-19, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) will hold its annual conference, “Creating a Just Economy,” bringing together hundreds of participants and community organizations from across the nation

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Short-Term Rentals: Why You Shouldn’t Pick Airbnb

In recent years, short-term rental companies have taken over heavily touristed cities like San Francisco, Tokyo, and Vienna—as well as here in Toronto. But with the outbreak of COVID-19, the popularity of home-sharing platforms like Airbnb