Housing & Development

Housing & Development

EPA Honors Green Building Challenge Winners

San Francisco, CA - October 13, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently honored innovative green building design ideas that reduce the environmental and energy impacts of buildings. These concepts aim to help architects and builders reduce more than 88 million tons of building-related construction and demolition debris sent to U.S. landfills each year and the climate impacts of buildings and building materials

MERIT Promotes Joe Price to Northern California Vice President of Community Management

Sacramento, CA - October 12, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- MERIT, a leading provider of professional community association and rental management services, promoted Joe Price to Northern California Vice President of Community Management. Price will be responsible for leading the Northern California division while positioning for growth in the East Bay, Central Valley, Stockton and San Francisco markets.

New-Home Sales Continue Their Sluggish Pace In August, CBIA Announces

SACRAMENTO, CA - October 12, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- New home sales in California remained at historic low levels in August signaling that the state’s housing sector may be slow to recover from a stubborn recession. The California Building Industry Association reported today that sales in new-home communities of 10 units or more, though better than July’s steep decline, were 13 percent below August 2008

Congresswoman Maxine Waters Comments on Federal Housing Administration’s Reserves

Washington, DC - October 9, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity, chaired by Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), held a hearing today on “The Future of the Federal Housing Administration’s Capital Reserves: Assumptions, Predictions and Implications for Homebuyers”. FHA plays an increasingly important role in the nation’s housing market. Recent news articles have raised concerns about the FHA’s capital reserve fund, the account the agency uses to pay insurance claims to lenders when borrowers default on home loans. Assistant Secretary for Housing and FHA Commissioner David Stevens, testified today regarding steps FHA is taking to boost capital reserve levels.

Rep. Eshoo Votes for Healthcare and Housing for Service Members

Washington, D.C. - October 9, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) voted for two key measures for service members and veterans. H.R. 1016, the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act, speeds the delivery of funding for veterans health care and H.R. 3590, the Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act, assists service members looking to buy or sell their homes and extends home-buying incentives.

CALIFORNIA REALTOR® EXPO 2009 opens today in San Jose

SAN JOSE, CA - October 7, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- CALIFORNIA REALTOR® EXPO 2009, the state’s largest real estate trade show, opens today at 5 p.m. at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif. Running Oct. 6-8, CALIFORNIA REALTOR® EXPO 2009 features more than 50 cutting-edge seminars, hot new products, and networking opportunities for California REALTORS®. CALIFORNIA REALTOR® EXPO 2009 also offers more than 150 exhibit booths and is expected to attract more than 7,000 attendees. Educational seminars range from hands-on computer training and social networking for business to short sales and home staging.“CALIFORNIA REALTOR® EXPO 2009 provides an invaluable networking and educational opportunity to California REALTORS®,” said C.A.R. President James Liptak. “The event has something for everyone, whether a new REALTOR® curious about how to thrive in California’s ever-changing market, or a seasoned veteran looking for new ways to boost their bottom line.”

Governor Schwarzenegger Announces $68 Million for Low-Income Home Weatherization

October 7, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the awarding of more than $68 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) weatherization funding to non-profit, local government and community action agencies throughout the state. This funding is federally designated to help low-income families weatherize their homes, which decreases utility bills and saves energy while stimulating local economies. Administered by the State Department of Community Services and Development (CSD), California’s low-income Recovery Act weatherization program was one of the first 15 state plans federally approved by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Congresswoman Matsui Announces Release of $1 Million for Sacramento Housing

Money will Help Local Organization Disburse Home Loans to Low-Income Sacramentans. WASHINGTON, DC - October 2, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congresswoman Doris O. Matsui (D-CA) announced today that the U.S. Treasury Department has released $1,000,000 to Sacramento Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. (SNHS). SNHS is a loan fund that provides gap funding and comprehensive home ownership and foreclosure prevention counseling for local low-income individuals and families. Their work has helped countless families achieve the dream of home ownership, and many more stay in their homes despite the recent economic downturn.


October 2, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34) applauded passage in the U.S. House of Representatives today of the appropriations bill that provides federal funding for critical local water projects in the Los Angeles area.

Turner Selected by United States Marine Corps to Manage Construction of $109 Million Bachelor...

Project Represents Second Recent Award for Turner At Camp Pendleton. New York, N.Y. - September 25, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Turner Construction Company, the nation’s leading general builder, in a joint venture with TB Penick & Sons, Inc., has been awarded a $109 million design-build contract by the United States Marine Corps to construct four Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) at Camp Pendleton, California. The project is scheduled for completion in August 2011. This project follows the $104 million contract awarded to the team in August for four additional Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) also at Camp Pendleton, California.

Housing Production Slips Again in August, CBIA Announces

SACRAMENTO, CA - September 24, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Demand for new homes slipped again in August, a decline California homebuilders attributed to the discontinuation of the successful state homebuyer tax credit program, the California Building Industry Association announced today.

House Unanimously Passes the FHA Multifamily Loan Limit Adjustment Act

Washington, DC - September 21, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- On Tuesday, the House unanimously passed the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Multifamily Loan Limit Adjustment Act, a bill coauthored by Congressman Miller, to address the need for new construction or substantial rehabilitation of multifamily units in extremely high cost areas of the country.

$22 Million Holiday Inn to Open in Lake Forest, CA.

New-build property features new sign and brand standards as part of the worldwide brand relaunch. ATLANTA, GA - September 17, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)], the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms, announced today that the Holiday Inn Irvine South/Irvine Spectrum will open within a month.


Incredible Buying Opportunity and Savings for Homeowners looking to Buy a Home in the Oldest Capital in America. Beverly Hills, CA - September 11, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Kennedy Wilson Auction Group, a division of the international real estate services and investment firm Kennedy Wilson, will be conducting a close out auction of 24 new casita-style condominiums located at Zocalo, Santa Fe, NM on Sunday October 4, 2009. The auction will be held at The Bishop’s Lodge Resort & Spa, in Santa Fe, and will commence promptly at 1 PM.


September 10, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Kennedy-Wilson, Inc. (“Kennedy Wilson”) (KWIC.PK), a vertically-integrated real estate investment and services company headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, with 21 offices throughout the U.S. and Japan, and Prospect Acquisition Corp. ("Prospect") (NYSE Amex: PAX), a special purpose acquisition company with approximately $248 million of cash, today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement under which they plan to combine. The proceeds of the transaction will enable Kennedy Wilson to seek to capitalize on distressed real estate acquisition opportunities and to fund the growth of its auction and property management businesses.

Fresno REALTOR® association to put calREDD™ participation on hold

San Francisco, CA - September 2, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco today announced that it has awarded more than $1 million in Access to Housing and Economic Assistance for Development (AHEAD) Program grants to boost economic development and affordable housing projects in Arizona, California, and Nevada

Affordable Housing Preserved in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - September 1, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Committed to creating and maintaining affordable housing for seniors and families, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today joined residents and neighbors in celebrating the preservation of 245 affordable apartments at Nihonmachi Terrace in the Japantown neighborhood of San Francisco. Located at 1615 Sutter Street, the seven building property is currently undergoing $25 million in renovations that will include energy-efficiency enhancements and structural improvements. The rehab is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2010.

Holiday Inn Express Adds Two New Hotels to L.A. Market

Holiday Inn Express Los Angeles-LAX Airport is brand's 135th hotel to open in the Americas region this year. ATLANTA, GA - September 1, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms, announced today that two Holiday Inn Express® hotels will be added to the Los Angeles market. The Holiday Inn Express Los Angeles-LAX Airport and Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Los Angeles Airport Hawthorne are both conveniently located near Los Angeles International Airport and will create more than 60 job opportunities to the local community

Local Homeowners Get Advice at Rep. Sánchez’ Housing Summit

Lakewood, CA - September 1, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Over 300 local homeowners and future homeowners attended Rep. Linda Sánchez’ Housing Summit in Lakewood on Saturday to get free advice from housing experts and learn about tax incentives for purchasing a first home or making home improvements

Mayor Newsom Announces SFPUC ‘Watershed Stewardship’ Grants to Fund SF Neighborhood Greening Projects

August 26, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced the immediate availability of $100,000 in Watershed Stewardship Grants from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) for neighborhood-based stormwater management projects. Eligible community projects will capture and reuse rainwater on-site with linked rain barrels or cisterns, build public green spaces, or replace paved areas with permeable ones, allowing rainwater to recharge the City’s groundwater aquifers.

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Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the Department of Veterans Affairs reversed its decision to change the funding scheme for programs that benefit homeless veterans. This reversal comes after Rep. Lieu and 11 Members of Congress sent a letter to VA Secretary David Shulkin urging him to reconsider the decision, which would have jeopardized the VA’s ability to meet the needs of homeless veterans

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EPA requires Granite Rock to control stormwater runoff, improve oil spill...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with Granite Rock Company over Clean Water Act violations at three of its road materials manufacturing and recycling facilities in Northern California. The agreement requires the company to pay a $102,051 penalty to address stormwater discharge violations at two of its Redwood City facilities and oil pollution prevention violations at a facility in Aromas. Granite Rock will also complete a watershed cleanup project as part of the settlement.