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Housing & Development

Two Federal District Courts in Texas Rule MERS Has Authority to Assign Deed of...

MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. today announced that the United States District Courts for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division and the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division held MERS’ assignments were valid, and granted motions to dismiss in two cases.

Four Additional Texas Counties May Now Apply for Disaster Assistance

At the request of the state of Texas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has added Henderson, Limestone, Shelby and Tyler to the federal disaster declaration of March 19. They join the nine counties already approved for both Individual Assistance and Public Assistance: Erath, Gregg, Harrison, Hood, Jasper, Marion, Newton, Orange and Parker.

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Joins Bipartisan Group of Members of Congress to File Amicus...

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson joined a bipartisan group of 44 current and former Senators and 164 current and former House members from 38 states as well as the District of Columbia in filing an amicus brief in support of the Obama administration’s historic ‘Clean Power Plan’ (CPP). The CPP will reduce carbon pollution and address climate change, save consumers $155 billion by 2030, create jobs, and prevent 90,000 childhood asthma attacks through 2030‎

FEMA Provides Funding to Rowlett, Texas, for Tornado Debris Removal

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded an initial payment of $1,875,000 to the state of Texas for the city of Rowlett for debris removal. A tornado swept through the city on Dec. 26, 2015, along a 3.5 mile track. Storm debris blocked the paths of emergency vehicles and the general public and created significant danger to motorists. The city of Rowlett removed debris to eliminate threats to public health and safety.

State housing agency’s online homebuyer education tool takes the complexity out of home purchase...

Free pre- and post-purchase education, mortgage credit courses result in more informed buyers positioned for success. First time home buying is among the biggest and most complex decisions most of us will make in our lives. Besides the financial commitment, buying a home also comes with a whole new world of unfamiliar terms and responsibilities.

CARTER JOINS THORNBERRY, FILES LEGAL BRIEF IN LAWSUIT BETWEEN RED RIVER LANDOWNERS AND FEDERAL...

Rep. John R. Carter (R-TX-31) joined Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX-) along with Texas Republican Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and 18 representatives in filing an amicus brief in the case of Aderholt et al. v. Bureau of Land Management et al. The lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of landowners along the Red River by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, seeks to protect the landowners’ property rights from claims by the federal government’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Texas Storm Survivors May Receive A Phone Call From SBA

Eligible individuals and business owners in Erath, Gregg, Harrison, Hood, Jasper, Marion, Newton, Orange and Parker counties who register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may receive an automated phone call from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA’s recorded message gives instructions on how to request an application for a low-interest disaster loan.

Child Care Center Building a Healthier Future For Young Texans

Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today visited the Kids R Fun child care center in San Antonio and planted a garden full of zucchini, basil, tomatoes and bell peppers with young Texans enrolled at the center. Kids R Fun participates in the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP), as well as TDA’s Establishing 3E’s Grant program to go above and beyond to incorporate best practices in providing nutrient-rich foods, exercise and a supportive child care environment

Congressman Veasey Services DFW Homes with Time Warner Cable

On Monday, March 28, 2016, Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33, will clock in bright and early to join the Dallas area staff of Time Warner Cable to learn firsthand about the telecommunications industry and assist in cable installation services for DFW Metroplex residents. After participating in an abbreviated training, Veasey will perform warehouse equipment check-ins and assist in two cable and high-speed internet installations for TX-33 residents

Thornberry files legal brief in Red River landowners’ lawsuit

U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) along with Texas Republican Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and 19 representatives today filed an amicus brief in the case of Aderholt et al. v. Bureau of Land Management et al. The lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of landowners along the Red River by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, seeks to protect the landowners’ property rights from claims by the federal government’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

ICYMI: Governor Abbott: Texas Is Tech Mecca Of America

Tech jobs are flowing to Texas as businesses flee California's high taxes, burdensome regulations and unaffordable housing. During SXSW Interactive, Austin is the undisputed capital of digital and tech; it's also the nation's top city for tech job growth, creative job growth and startups year-round.

Texas housing demand, development remains high while household income growth stalls

Texas housing demand and new home development remained high last year, while median household income for Texas homebuyers decreased slightly, according to the Annual Texas Homebuyers and Sellers Report released today by the Texas Association of REALTORS®.

National Government and Public Real Estate News

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (RealEstateRama) -- This Week – Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15), a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee and co-founder and...

Texas Asks Court to Halt Imposition of Drastic Regional Haze Regulations

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the state has requested a stay preventing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from imposing draconian new regulations until after a Texas lawsuit challenging the new rules is decided in court. Texas filed suit against the EPA in February after it rejected Texas’ 7-year-old proposed revision to its State Implementation Plan (SIP) for reducing regional haze

Federal Aid Programs for the State of Texas

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the State of Texas.

REP. RATCLIFFE INTRODUCES BILL TO REIN IN POWER OF FEDERAL BUREAUCRATS

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) introduced legislation today to rein in the power of federal administrative agencies and to ensure that unelected bureaucrats don’t have the ability to effectively create laws.

Division of Workers’ Compensation Offers Educational Seminar for Medical Office Staff

The Division of Workers’ Compensation and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin Small Business Development Center (UTPB-SBDC) are offering an educational seminar, Texas Workers’ Compensation 101 for Medical Office Staff, at the UTPB-SBDC, CEED Building, FM 1788 and Hwy 191 in Midland, Texas on April 5, 2016. The seminar will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The registration fee is $50.00 per person and includes a continental breakfast and lunch

HUD AWARDS $142 MILLION IN DISASTER RECOVERY FUNDS IN TEXAS

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro today announced $142 million will be awarded to Texas communities for disaster recovery efforts following significant flooding in the spring of 2015 as well as last fall due to Hurricane Patricia. The funds will help to meet remaining unmet housing, economic development, and infrastructure needs that resulted from thousands of homes and small businesses being damaged or destroyed.

Texas Border Counties to Receive Critical New Border Infrastructure Funding

Federal funding for three border infrastructure projects in the 23rd Congressional District of Texas was approved today by the Texas Transportation Commission. The following counties and projects will receive Coordinated Border Infrastructure (CBI) funding

Texas Attorney General Reaches $470 Million Joint State-Federal Settlement with HSBC to Address Mortgage...

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced a $470 million joint state-federal settlement with mortgage lender and servicer HSBC to address mortgage origination, servicing and foreclosure abuses. The settlement provides direct payments to Texas borrowers for past foreclosure abuses; loan modifications and other relief for borrowers in need of assistance; institutes rigorous mortgage servicing standards, and grants oversight authority to an independent monitor

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Texas condominium sales up, townhome sales down during first half of...

Condominium sales in Texas’s major metro areas increased and townhome sales fell in the first half of 2016, according to the Texas Condominium Mid-Year Sales Report. Released today by the Texas Association of REALTORS®, the report shows that condominium sales in Texas’ four largest markets have seen increasing demand over townhomes and single-family homes among young professionals and retirees. This is the first time in the report’s history that condo and townhome statistics have been reported separately.

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Texas Developer Joins Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas Board

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) announced the election of G. Granger MacDonald to FHLB Dallas’ Board of Directors (Board). Mr. MacDonald was elected by the Board to fill an independent director seat that was vacated in April. He will serve out the remainder of the term for that seat, which expires December 31, 2017.