Category Archives: Home & Garden

Builder Confidence Slips Two Points as Lumber Prices Soar

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes fell two points to 68 in June on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing

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Expiring Provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) added numerous temporary provisions to the tax code. Temporary tax law can be difficult to track and compliance

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Regulation: Over 30 Percent of the Cost of a Multifamily Development

Regulation imposed by all levels of government (whether local, state or federal) accounts for 32.1 percent of the cost of an average multifamily development, according

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Softwood Lumber and OSB Lead Price Increases in May

The prices of building materials generally increased in May, according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Softwood

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Homeowners’ Equity Reaches a New High

Over the first quarter of 2018, the value of owners’ equity in real estate expended and hit a new high on a nominal and not

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Highest Paid Occupations in Construction

According to the most recent release of the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), half of payroll workers in construction

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Mortgage Rates Remain Higher

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) reported that mortgage rates on purchases of newly built homes continued to climb in April and additional evidence from Freddie

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Over Three-Fifths of Builders Have Encountered Cluster Mail Boxes

The United States Post Office has been attempting to reduce or eliminate sidewalk and curbside delivery of mail to individual homes, especially in new subdivisions. 

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April Construction Job Openings Remain Elevated

The count of unfilled jobs in the construction sector was effectively unchanged in April, remaining near post-Great Recession high levels. According to the BLS Job

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Residential Construction Industry Contributes to Monthly Job Growth

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported the Employment Situation for May 2018. Jobs increased by 223,000 and the unemployment rate edged down to 3.8%

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