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House Passes Flood Insurance Bill; Key Senators Sign On
The U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday evening passed legislation to curb some of the premium increases in the nation's flood insurance program that have been causing "sticker shock" for property owners.
H.R. 3370, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, sponsored by Reps. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), passed 306-91 under a "suspension of the rules" requiring a two-thirds vote in favor. The measure reverses some of the changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) introduced by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.
MASHPEE, MA --- Sales of new homes in Southport jumped 58% in 2013 compared to 2012 according to information released by Southport developer Ronald Bonvie. The dramatic increase from 38 sales to 60 sales in one year reflects the continued strengthening of the housing market and buyers' confidence that they can sell their existing homes at a good price. Read more>>
A Great Start to 2014!
Kevin Kelly, NAHB Chairman is pleased to report two early legislative victories on the Farm Bill and flood insurance that will benefit home buyers, home builders and remodelers. Full Details
Radon Mitigation Requirement
At their January meeting the BBRS, after some discussion, voted to move the radon mitigation proposal to a Public Hearing on Feb. 14, 2014. The proposal includes minimum passive radon control requirements for all new construction in the "high radon potential counties" described below, regardless of the radon levels at the site. This Public Hearing will be held in Boston at One Ashburton Pl. in the lower level Ashburton Café and will be held in conjunction with the regularly scheduled meeting. The input from the hearing will be considered and any adjustments to the proposal made prior to taking a final vote for promulgation, possibly in March.
Anyone who wishes to submit oral or written testimony in this case is urged to attend the hearing. Typically, written testimony will be received up to 30 day after the hearing.
**Note that this proposal will only affect 1 & 2 Family, new construction and only in Area 1, which consists of Essex, Middlesex and Worcester counties, only