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MARKET DATA: Real Estate Pro: Industry Needs to Change with Millennials
ECONOMY: United States Poised For Housing Growth
FINANCE: 34 Home Loan Shoppers Got an Easy Approval Home Loan
GREEN BUILDING: Clayton Homes, America's Largest Home Builder, Qualifies for DOE Program

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Across US Job Market, Layoffs are Becoming Rare
Trib.com
Washington, D.C. -- As the U.S. economy has improved and employers have regained confidence, companies have been steadily shedding fewer workers. Which is why applications for unemployment benefits have dwindled to their lowest level since February 2006.


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MARKET DATA

Real Estate Pro: Industry Needs to Change with Millennials
Foxbusiness.com
Washington, D.C. -- David Rice, the founder of New Home Star, tells FBN’s Jeff Flock in a Conference Room interview that the real estate industry needs to be responsive to the Millennial mindset. New Home Star helps homebuilders market and sell their properties.

Theater Rooms becoming more integrated into Living Space
Columbus,OH-- Homeowners and homebuilders are finding that enclosed home theaters — with their dark walls, big recliners, tiered seating and surround-sound equipment — sit unused far too much of the time to warrant the expense and space.

New Hanover County's New-Home Market is Showing More Signs of Health
Starnewsonline.com
Wilmington, NC —New Hanover County's new-home market is showing more signs of health, as developers submit plans to build new subdivisions or resurrect old ones. Two recently approved phases of current developments will add some of those needed lots.

Dane County Home Building Permits Up 8.5 Percent in June
Host.madison.com
Dane County, WI-- A total of 102 permits were issued for single-family homes and duplexes in June, compared with 94 in June 2013, according to Menasha’s MTD Marketing Services, which tracks home permits in the state.


ECONOMY

United States Poised For Housing Growth
Netnewsledger.com
Washington, D.C. The good news is that U.S. housing starts and residential investment spending have slowly picked up since 2010, and home prices have rebounded in most parts of the country. This year should see U.S. housing starts hit one million, for the first time since 2007.

Services Sector Activity Accelerates in July, Industry Tracker Learns
Gmanetwork.com
Washington, D.C. -- The services sector continued to add employees, though at a slower pace. The employment index fell from 56.1, the fastest rate on record, to 52.8 in July. The new business subcomponent also fell from June's record level.


FINANCE

34 Home Loan Shoppers Got an Easy Approval Home Loan
Digitaljournal.com
Seattle, WA -- America's trusted lending resource, Complete Home Loans, is happy to announce they were able to approve 34 new home loan or refinance shoppers for a loan.


LAND PLANNING/DEVELOPMENT

Lennar Looks to build 395-unit Tempe Apartment Complex East of ASU
Bizjournals.com
Tempe, AZ -- Big national home builder Lennar Corp. continues its push into the local multifamily marketplace. Miami-based Lennar has plans for a 395-unti apartment complex east of Arizona State University.

Nexton Shifting to New Home Construction in Summerville
Postandcourier.com
Charleston, SC -- Developer MeadWestvaco Corp. is moving forward with Brighton Park Village, a 400-acre community planned to include 675 homes, an elementary school and a park.

Denver-Based New Home Builders Team Up to Introduce Two New Home Collections
Webwire.com
Denver, CO --Both companies have long and successful histories at Lowry, with Harvard Communities having built 120 homes in Lowry since 2003, and Berkeley having built 50 homes in Lowry since 2007.


AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Housing Development Planned in W-B
Citizensvoice.com
Wilkes-Barre, PA —Housing would be general occupancy, meaning anyone who meets the income requirements may live there. The properties would rent to people who make 20, 50 and 60 percent of the area’s median income.


Two Honolulu Affordable Housing Rentals receive $4 million in Tax Credits
Bizjournals.com
Honolulu, HI – Ola Ka IIima Artspace Lofts, an 84-unit rental complex that will be built on Waimanu Street in Honolulu, received $1.425 million in federal tax credits and $712,500 in state tax credits for a total of $2.137 million in credit

Candlestick Heights Brings High-End, Affordable Apartments to San Francisco
Sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com
San Francisco, CA -- There’s more affordable housing available in one of the most expensive rental markets following the grand opening of a new apartment complex in the Bay View District.


GREEN BUILDING

Clayton Homes, America's Largest Home Builder, Qualifies for DOE Program
Mfrtech.com
Knoxville, TN -- As the U.S. Department of Energy is identifying ways in which consumers make their homes more energy efficient, the Systems Building Research Alliance has selected Clayton Homes, to build three homes for a 15-month energy-performance test.

Construction Begins in New Luxury Community
Yourhoustonnews.com
Houston, TX - Each home will offer a variety of features focused on providing a “green” experience for the community, including recycled materials, smart home features like lighting and audio-visual controls and energy efficient air condition systems among others.


50+ HOUSING

New Tech Partnership Helps Senior Housing Offer At-Home Care
Seniorhousingnews.com
Washington, D.C. -- A growing number of seniors are looking to age in place and receive services at home, which will require senior housing providers to offer expanded services.

Senior Housing Continues to Evolve
Realitybiznews.com
Washington, D.C. --Baby boomers are doing it one more time – changing the landscape of society. As the 77 million boomers move into retirement, it’s no longer your grandfathers’ retirement community. Today’s seniors are more diversified and more active.


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Vol.6  No. 81 
July 29, 2014
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