NAHB Podcast Offers New Insights on Housing Economics

NAHB Podcast Offers New Insights on Housing Economics

On this week’s episode of Housing Developments, NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz shares his 2019 economic forecast for the industry and what the recent change in the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index means for builders.

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and guest host Paul Lopez, VP of Communications & Public Affairs, also discuss Mark Calabria’s confirmation as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, housing finance reform and the state of the labor force.

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Housing Starts Decline in March

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Housing Starts Decline in March

Despite signs of stabilizing confidence in the marketplace, housing affordability continues to be a concern as the pace of housing construction weakened last month.

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Home Building Employment Across States and Congressional Districts

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Home Building Employment Across States and Congressional Districts

A new NAHB study presents the most recent and comprehensive estimates of home building employment, including self-employed workers, by state and congressional district.

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Remodelers’ Confidence Falls Three Points in First Quarter

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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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