Regional Roundup

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Regional Roundup

Stay current with NAHBNow’s weekly collection of quick links to hot topics and trends around the nation.

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The True Weight of Building Codes

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The True Weight of Building Codes

We’ve been saying for years that constant changes to the building codes are an increasingly heavy burden for builders to bear. Now, we have proof. Unassailable facts. And a handy visual aid.

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Apply to Serve on an NAHB Committee or Council in 2016

Filed in Councils & Committees, Leadership, Membership by on July 3, 2015 0 Comments

Applications for NAHB committee or council appointments for 2016 are now being accepted through NAHB’s online application system. NAHB strongly encourages all those who are interested to apply. The application deadline is Oct. 18.

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NAHB to EPA: See You in Court

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NAHB to EPA: See You in Court

NAHB, the Texas Association of Builders, the Greater Houston Builders Association and other farm and business organizations today filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn a federal rule that defines the “waters of the United States” and the jurisdictional scope of the Clean Water Act.

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House Pushes Back on EPA Overreach

House Pushes Back on EPA Overreach

NAHB achieved an important victory for builders when the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2042, the Ratepayer Protection Act of 2015, on June 25. The bill aims to curtail the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed Clean Power Plan rule, which would have a negative impact on the home building industry. While EPA’s proposed rule is meant […]

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Traditional Marketing Methods Still Work – With the Right Messaging

Traditional Marketing Methods Still Work – With the Right Messaging

While websites and online advertising are the focal point of many marketing campaigns today, traditional media such as radio and TV are still very effective in driving prospective buyers to your website and your community.

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Housing Prices — Slowing to Sustainable Growth

Filed in Economics by on July 1, 2015 0 Comments

In a Eye on Housing analysis of the latest monthly home price data by the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Case-Shiller U.S. Home Price Index, NAHB economist Jing Fu observes that the median sales price of new and existing single-family homes tells a similar story: rapid acceleration during the housing boom, sharp declines during the bust and steady recovery since 2012.

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USDA to Raise Upfront Fee on No-Downpayment Loans from 2% to 2.75%

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service (RHS) is increasing its upfront fee paid by borrowers on a no-downpayment loan from 2% to 2.75% effective Oct. 1. According to an RHS official, the difference in monthly payments is $4.83 for a typical $135,000 loan.

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NAHB Challenges OSHA Confined Spaces in Construction Standard

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NAHB Challenges OSHA Confined Spaces in Construction Standard

NAHB today filed a Petition for Review challenging the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) agency’s final confined spaces in construction standard issued on May 4, 2015.

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Supreme Court Tells EPA to Consider Costs of Clean Air Act Regulation

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Legal by on June 30, 2015 0 Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday held that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wrongly chose to ignore the costs of a regulation when it promulgated a rule that would have cost $9.6 billion to implement, and deliver only $4-6 million in benefits.

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