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Articles relating to "Environment":

PACE program in Fla. sued for misinformation (4/12/2017)
In offering energy-upgrade loans paid via property taxes, Ygrene ads said unpaid debt stays with the house – but it doesn’t and a 5% penalty could even be added.

Congress may regulate PACE green-energy companies (4/10/2017)
The PACE program allows homeowners to attach the cost of energy upgrades to their home, via property taxes. But PACE lenders face criticism, and Congress might decide to regulate them the same way they regulate traditional mortgage lenders.

NAR report: More clients interested in sustainability (4/7/2017)
Realtor and consumer interest in green features and sustainability is on an upward trend, according to data compiled in a recent NAR survey.

Energy efficiency considered in more appraisals (3/22/2017)
A Residential Energy Services Network and Appraisal Institute collaboration is adding HERS scores (Home Energy Rating System) to appraisal forms in a few states.

Judge tosses Fla. pollution notification rule (1/3/2017)
A proposed DEP pollution-reporting rule raised industry concerns over its impact on commercial property, but the judge ruled that DEP overstepped its authority.

Lawsuit focuses on environmental doc stamp money (12/7/2016)
Environmental groups that disagree with the way Fla. lawmakers spent voter-approved doc-stamp money for land conservation have agreed to combine two lawsuits.

Report: Future Fla. water woes unless things change (11/16/2016)
If Fla. adds 15 million residents by 2070 as projected, it could increase water demand by more than 50% and see more than 1/3 of the state paved over.

Fla. has new rules for reporting pollution (11/14/2016)
Under emergency rules, the owner of a Fla. business must report pollution “contamination” within 24 hours – but specific regulations could change Dec. 25 and again after the 2017 Florida Legislature considers the issue.

Study: Lake Okeechobee discharges can impact home values (4/1/2015)
Florida Realtors research: Polluted water discharged into Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers has a $1B potential impact on nearby counties’ property values.