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Public/Private Partnerships

June 13, 2014: 

As America’s transportation system runs low on money, one way to bridge the gap between needs and available funds is through public-private partnerships (PPPs). PPPs may be initiated to construct new facilities, to operate and maintain existing ones, or both. On the positive side of the ledger, they may reduce project costs and give government improved access to innovation and technology. But on the other hand the public can grow dissatisfied when the control of public assets rests with private companies and those companies set and collect tolls and fees.

House Passes 3% Cap Bill

June 13, 2014: 

On Monday, June 9, 2014, The House of Representatives passed H.R. 3211, "The Mortgage Choice Act" which addresses discrimination in the calculation of fees and points under the Ability to Repay/Qualified Mortgage (QM) rule.

Managing Transportation Demand

June 13, 2014: 

In years past, transportation planners would look at projections for population growth and land use changes in their communities and use that information to estimate the future demand for roads. Then they’d draw up construction plans to meet that demand.

High-Occupancy Toll (HOT) Lanes

June 13, 2014: 

Cities looking to lessen congestion on their highways are increasingly considering high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes as a way to solve traffic issues, reduce air pollution, and increase transportation budgets. HOT lanes are free for carpoolers, but single-occupancy vehicles must pay a toll. They are already in place in southern California, Minnesota and Houston, and under construction in South Florida.

Complete Streets for All Travelers

June 13, 2014: 

“Complete streets” refers to the concept that roads should meet everyone’s needs, not just motorists but also walkers, bicycle riders, and bus riders. A growing number of communities are using complete streets policies to reduce accidents, get people more physically active, and promote walkable neighborhoods, which have held their property values during the current downturn. Complete streets policies will increase in importance as a greater proportion of Americans reach old age and are forced to give up driving.

Does Fiduciary Duty Extend Further When Under the Same Broker?

June 12, 2014: 

How far does an agent's fiduciary duty extend when both the buyer's and seller's rep are licensed under the same broker? NAR's Legal Affairs staff summarizes a California court's decision on the topic.