Remodelers’ Confidence Falls Three Points in First Quarter

Filed in Economics, Remodelers by on April 18, 2019 0 Comments
Remodelers’ Confidence Falls Three Points in First Quarter

NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) posted a reading of 54 in the first quarter of 2019, falling three points from the previous quarter. The RMI has been consistently above 50 — indicating that more remodelers report market activity is higher compared to the prior quarter than report it is lower — since the second quarter of 2013. The overall RMI averages current remodeling activity and future indicators.

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Treasury Announces New Opportunity Zone Regulations

Filed in Multifamily, Tax Reform Toolkit by on April 17, 2019 0 Comments
Treasury Announces New Opportunity Zone Regulations

The U.S. Treasury Department today issued its second set of proposed regulations related to the new opportunity zones tax incentive established as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

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Hold Your Most Successful Membership Drive Yet

Filed in Membership by on April 17, 2019 0 Comments
Hold Your Most Successful Membership Drive Yet

NAHB’s spring membership drive is about to get underway, and to help kick it off, state and local home builder associations are sharing their best practices through Third Tuesday Townhalls. The first session for 2019 focused on mastering the art of membership drives. Guest speakers shared their top tips with the forum, along with additional input from the group.

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OSHA’s Use of Drones: What Builders Need to Know

Filed in Labor, Safety and Health by on April 17, 2019 2 Comments
OSHA’s Use of Drones: What Builders Need to Know

OSHA has allowed the use of drones at jobsites for limited purposes. But the potential for OSHA to use drones in enforcement activities has raised concerns from home builders and other contractors.

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‘Build My Future’ Event Gives Students Hands-On Construction Experience

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‘Build My Future’ Event Gives Students Hands-On Construction Experience

Two Iowa HBAs recently held an event designed to teach the next generation of home builders valuable skills and shrink the home-building industry’s skilled workforce gap.

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NAHB Supports Proposed WOTUS Rule, Seeks Key Clarifications

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on April 16, 2019 0 Comments
NAHB Supports Proposed WOTUS Rule, Seeks Key Clarifications

NAHB submitted comments on April 15 to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) in response to the Trump administration’s proposed definition of “waters of the United States.”

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Small vs. Large Homes: How Do Major Living Spaces Stack Up?

Filed in Design, Economics, Housing Trends by on April 16, 2019 0 Comments
Small vs. Large Homes: How Do Major Living Spaces Stack Up?

A new study from NAHB measures the amount of space of each room in the average new home, and compares percentages of square footage based on the size of the home.

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Builder Confidence Edges Higher in April

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Builder Confidence Edges Higher in April

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes rose one point to 63 in April, according to the latest NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. Sentiment levels have held in the low 60s for the past three months.

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Momentum Builds for Housing Finance Reform Plan With Proper Federal Support

Filed in Capitol Hill, Housing Finance by on April 15, 2019 0 Comments
Momentum Builds for Housing Finance Reform Plan With Proper Federal Support

NAHB continues to play a pivotal role in the housing finance reform debate, as CEO Jerry Howard attended today’s swearing-in ceremony of Mark Calabria as the new director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The Wall Street Journal today also published an NAHB letter to the editor that shows why a proper level of federal support is needed for the nation’s mortgage markets.

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New Webinar To Help You Achieve Business Success

Filed in Business Management by on April 15, 2019 1 Comment
New Webinar To Help You Achieve Business Success

The bottom line of any construction business is driven by five key functions and how they interact to produce outcomes – both good and bad. Understanding these drivers, how they impact one another and how to streamline them can help a business capture more marketplace value and earn higher profits.

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