Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Lead-Based Paint Rules: Enforcement delayed until fall

The Wall Street Journal is reporting important news out of the EPA about the new Lead-Based Paint standards for property owners (see the brief at the end of this page):
The Environmental Protection Agency decided to delay enforcing a new lead-paint regulation following pressure from home builders and members of Congress ... The rule would require contractors who work in older homes to become certified by a government-approved trainer and follow a series of safety precautions.
The EPA will delay taking action against contractors who haven't yet completed their training, putting off enforcement until Oct. 1.

The National Association of Home Builders has more:
In revised guidance released on Friday, EPA acknowledged that remodelers in many parts of the country have been unable to obtain the required training to comply with the rule – a problem that NAHB has urged the agency to solve since the rule was announced two years ago...The issue came to a head in May after floods devastated parts of Tennessee and there weren’t enough certified remodelers to complete much-needed home repairs. NAHB and its state home builders association proposed a delay in enforcing the rule -- a decision EPA consented to in its letter on Friday.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

NCAR Legislative Day

This week marked NCAR's 2010 Legislative Meetings, which culminated on Wednesday when REALTORS
® from around the state
visited their representatives at their offices. Greensboro had a strong showing, with a group of GRRA leaders visiting the offices of Sens. Phil Berger and Katie Dorsett, and Reps. Earl Jones, Maggie Jeffus, Pricey Harrison, John Blust and Alma Adams.

(See more photos at the GRRA Facebook Page)

Here are a few topics they discussed:

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

GDOT visits the GRRA

Craig McKinney with the Greensboro Department of Transportation spoke to a packed house at our Roads and Highways Brown Bag on June 8. When we scheduled the event, we anticipated that the new draft TIP would be out; unfortunately, it has been delayed. If you missed the Brown Bag, Craig has graciously offered to do a follow-up Brown Bag on August 17, at which point the TIP should be available.

In the meantime, here's a snippet from his talk on Tuesday, in which he discusses the progress of the Urban Loop:

And here's the PowerPoint presentation:Greensboro regional realtors assoc 06 08-10

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

NAR economist: Pending sales up

NAR's Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun, talks about how the tax credit has affected national pending home sales.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

RPAC Auction Eve: One last sneak peek

We're down to the zero hour -- the 2010 RPAC Auction is happening tomorrow, June 2, 2010! Get to the GRRA at 11:30 a.m. to make sure you're present when bidding starts!

Here's one last preview to mark the occasion -- view more here.

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