Many Construction Firms Need Only $5,000 to Start Their Businesses

Of 638,839 construction firms surveyed by the U.S. Census Bureau in its Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs (ASE), 20.1% report they raised less than $5,000 dollars to begin commercial activity. The ASE is a relatively new information source released by the U.S. Census Bureau this year. It collects economic and demographic information on businesses and business […]

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‘Building Communities’ with an NAHB T-Shirt

HBA of Greater Cincinnati EO Dan Dressman wore NAHB 75th Anniversary t-shirts during a late-July mission trip to Chinandega, Nicaragua.Powered by WPeMatico

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A Temporary Band-aid On Labor Shortages

The portion of builders experiencing labor shortages rose again last month. While long-term workforce development initiatives are underway, many builders have the same question: How or where can we find more laborers now? A lesser-known program from the Department of Homeland security is one option that could help temporarily boost production.Powered by WPeMatico

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Townhouse Construction Flat

According to NAHB analysis of the most recent Census data of Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design, townhouse construction starts have slowed relative to the expansion of the overall building market. Over the last four quarters ending with the second quarter of 2017, townhouse starts totaled 94,000, 5% lower than the four quarters prior […]

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Short-Term Window in Collecting Canadian Lumber Duties Could Boost Market

In what could be a positive development in the ongoing U.S.-Canadian lumber dispute, countervailing duties on Canadian lumber shipments into the U.S. will be temporarily suspended between Aug. 26 and Sept. 6. While no one can predict with any certainty how this will affect lumber prices, the lumber futures market is anticipating that this development […]

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NAHB Mourns Associate Leader Jerry Cowan

Gerald “Jerry” Cowan, a longtime and dedicated member from Greensboro, N.C., passed away July 29. Across the NAHB Federation, Mr. Cowan was heralded as someone who was always ready to help, never afraid to reach for a goal, and blessed with a tirelessly encouraging spirit.Powered by WPeMatico

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How to Modify a Nice View Into a ‘Show Stopper’

Unlike most homes across Central Florida, The New American Home® 2018 has a spectacular view. And by installing a package of state-of-the art window and door products from Panda, the view is even more awe-inspiring.Powered by WPeMatico

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Chrononutrition: Consistent Eating Patterns, Caffeine, and Principles for Better Health (Part 3 with Podcast)

HIGHLIGHTS Eating at roughly the same times each day may improve things like blood sugar control and appetite regulation. Caffeine can modify circadian rhythms and could help you adjust to new time-zones more quickly if used intelligently. If you’re flying west, for instance, you might try consuming some caffeine late in the day to speed […]

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New Single-Family Home Size Trends Lower

After increasing and leveling off in recent years, new single-family home size continued along a general trend of decreasing size during the second quarter of 2017.  This change of the last two years marks a reversal of the trend that had been in place as builders focused on the higher end of the market during the […]

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Single-Family Starts Flat in July

The pace of single-family starts was effectively flat in July, after a strong rate was recorded in June. In contrast, the multifamily market continues to slow after multiple strong years. Total starts declined almost 5% in July to a 1.155 million seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to the joint data release from the Census Bureau […]

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