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June to Become First-Ever National Healthy Homes Month

Most Americans spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors, exposing them to home health and safety hazards ranging from asthma triggers to potentially deadly pollutants like asbestos and lead-based paint. To reinforce the connection between a family’s health and their homes, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is declaring this June as the first-ever National Healthy Homes Month. Launched by HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH), this month is designed to educate families of potential health hazards in a home, and empower them to create the healthiest home possible for their family.
This year’s theme is “Everyone Deserves a Safe and Healthy Home,” recognizing that people spend most of their time inside, and introduces them to healthy homes concepts while providing tips for keeping homes healthy and safe.

“National Healthy Homes Month calls attention to the fact that health and home safety are attainable for all,” says Michelle Miller, Acting Director of HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes. “We are working closely with our federal partners, and many other organizations, to highlight the dangers of residential hazards to everyone, but especially children and other vulnerable populations in low income households.”

To help celebrate the month and to address today’s pressing home health issues, HUD and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) are co-hosting an annual National Healthy Homes Educational Conference from June 13-16, 2016 in San Antonio. The State of Big Ideas: Moving Environmental Health Outside the Box conference will gather 1,200 environmental health and healthy housing professionals for an in-depth look at some of the most important issues facing the nation such as water quality, healthy housing and communities, asthma, emergency preparedness and more.

Currently, millions of American homes have moderate-to-severe physical housing problems, including lead-based paint hazards, dilapidated structure; roofing problems; heating, plumbing, and electrical deficiencies; water leaks and intrusion; pests; damaged paint; and high radon gas levels. These conditions are associated with a wide range of health issues, including unintentional injuries, respiratory illnesses like asthma and radon-induced lung cancer.

National Healthy Homes Month 2016 will focus national attention on ways to keep people of all ages safe and healthy in their homes. To mark this month-long campaign, HUD Secretary Julián Castro, produced a video highlighting the direct link between a household’s health and the conditions within their homes.

Recently, HUD unveiled the Healthy Homes App, designed to raise awareness about potentially serious health and safety problems in the home and the steps consumers can take to protect themselves.

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4 Keys Identified for a Full Housing Recovery

Daily Real Estate News | Friday, January 17, 2014

In order to have a fully recovered housing market and economic recovery,
economists point to the need for four positive indicators:

1. A healthy job market with low stable unemployment;
2. Mortgage delinquencies that have returned to historical averages;
3. Home prices consistent with an affordable mortgage payment-to-income
ratio; and
4. Home sales that are in the range of historical norms.

So, is the housing market inching closer?

Freddie Mac’s U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for January takes a
look at how the housing market is performing among these four indicators.
Economists note that the unemployment rate — while inching down — still
remains high at 6.7 percent. Meanwhile, mortgage delinquencies have fallen
to 5.88 percent — nearly half of their peak rate but still higher than
the national average of about 2 percent, Freddie notes.

Home prices still have some room to grow without outpacing income growth,
economists say.

“From 1999-2006, mortgage payments on a hypothetical 30-year fixed-rate
mortgage would have increased by 50 percent more than income growth,”
Freddie Mac notes in the report. “Currently, payment-to-income ratios are
only 60 percent of the level we had in 1999, suggesting room for continued
housing growth.”

Finally, home sales have risen over the past two years but remain below
levels from a nearly a decade ago. Home sales, historically, average a
rate of about 6 percent of the housing stock every year. They dropped to 4
percent during the housing crisis. Economists are predicting a 5.7 percent
pace in 2014.

“As we start 2014, the housing recovery continues its steady pace,” Frank
Nothaft, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “House-price gains will likely
moderate from last year’s pace but rise about 5 percent in national
indexes. Home sales, as well as other key indicators, continue to trend in
the right direction, although in some markets we are seeing the sales
recovery strengthen while many others remain weak.”

Lakeside Realty Launches New Website

Lakeside Realty announced the launch of its new, updated website, www.lakesiderealty.info.

The site features a streamlined property search application for finding all of Lakeside Realty’s properties and clients, as well as contact information for the company. The site will also include an extensive news section.

“The new www.lakesiderealty.info is a great way for the community to see what Lakeside Realty has to offer,” said Sam Coburn, owner and broker. “The site is clean, modern and easy to navigate; yet another way Lakeside Realty stays current and cognizant of the needs of those looking to buy and sell property in Northern Michigan.”