WILMINGTON, N.C. (February 12, 2015) – “This process has taken a long time to get to this point,” said William Waskes, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). The federal group held a public workshop last night at the Coastline Conference Center in downtown Wilmington to receive public comments about the development of wind energy farms off the coast of North Carolina. “Three areas of interest include two zones ten miles off the coast of Wilmington, and one zone about 30 miles off the coast of Kitty Hawk,” said Brian Krevor of BOEM. “Once the public workshops and environmental assessments have been completed, leasing will begin for the proposed 307,590 acres.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 3, 2015) – Despite interest rates being at their lowest level of 2014, pending home sales cooled in December but remained above year-over-year levels for the fourth consecutive month, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions experienced declines in December.
The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, decreased 3.7 percent to 100.7 in December from a slightly downwardly revised 104.6 in November but is 6.1 percent above December 2013 (94.9). Despite last month’s decline (the largest since December 2013 at 5.8 percent), the index experienced its highest year-over-year gain since June 2013 (11.7 percent).