EPA to Hold August Hearings on Revamping of WOTUS Rule

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EPA to Hold August Hearings on Revamping of WOTUS Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it will hold a series of virtual public meetings in August to hear from interested stakeholders on “their perspectives on defining ‘waters of the United States’ (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act” and how to implement that definition as federal agencies pursue this process.

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Buyers’ Outlook on Housing Availability and Affordability Declines

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Buyers’ Outlook on Housing Availability and Affordability Declines

The increased activity in the housing market in the wake of COVID-19, combined with rising housing prices, has hampered prospective buyers’ outlook on the housing market and their ability to buy a home.

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Fannie, Freddie, FHA Extend Single-Family Eviction Moratorium Through Sept. 30

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Fannie, Freddie, FHA Extend Single-Family Eviction Moratorium Through Sept. 30

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced today that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are extending the moratorium on single-family real estate owned (REO) evictions until Sept. 30, 2021. The REO eviction moratorium applies to properties that have been acquired by an Enterprise through foreclosure or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure transactions.

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Labor Department Rescinds Trump-Era Joint Employer Rule; A Democratic Majority at NLRB

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Labor Department Rescinds Trump-Era Joint Employer Rule; A Democratic Majority at NLRB

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced it will rescind a joint employer rule that took effect in March 2020. In a separate development, the Senate yesterday confirmed two of President Biden’s nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), giving the Democrats a 3-2 majority.

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Small Business Administration Streamlines Forgiveness Process for PPP Loans

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Small Business Administration Streamlines Forgiveness Process for PPP Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is launching a streamlined application portal on Aug. 4 to allow borrowers with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $150,000 or less to apply for loan forgiveness directly through the SBA instead of going through their participating lender.

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4 Ways to Incorporate Water Efficiency into a Home

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4 Ways to Incorporate Water Efficiency into a Home

According to the latest edition of NAHB’s What Homes Buyers Really Want, water-conserving fixtures such as toilets, showerheads and faucets are among the 20 top green features desired by home owners. Incorporating these into homes along with other water-focused strategies can provide multiple benefits for builders and consumers alike.

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FHFA Announces Multifamily Tenant Protections

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FHFA Announces Multifamily Tenant Protections

The Federal Housing Finance Agency today announced that tenants of multifamily properties with mortgages backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac who are subject to eviction for nonpayment of rent must be given 30 days’ notice to vacate before the tenant can be required to leave the unit.

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Stay Cool with Resources from NAHB to Avoid Heat Stress

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Stay Cool with Resources from NAHB to Avoid Heat Stress

NAHB has created a Heat Stress Safety Toolkit to help home builders mitigate the risks and exposure to heat on the jobsite.

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Employers May File H-2B Visas for Returning Workers

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Employers May File H-2B Visas for Returning Workers

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced today that employers may file H-2B petitions for returning workers under the FY 2021 H-2B supplemental visa temporary final rule. Employers may take this action if they are likely to suffer irreparable harm without these additional workers.

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Have High Home Prices Reduced Buyer Interest in New Homes?

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Have High Home Prices Reduced Buyer Interest in New Homes?

Most likely due to rising home prices, the share of prospective home buyers seeking to purchase a new home has declined significantly from the fourth quarter of 2020 to the second quarter of 2021.

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