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3 Key Takeaways from CES

Filed in Technology by on January 22, 2019 0 Comments
3 Key Takeaways from CES

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is considered one of the world’s biggest showcases of innovative technology. The CEDIA Technology Council shared some highlights from the show that could soon have an impact on the construction trades.

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Remodelers’ Confidence Holds Relatively Steady

Filed in Economics, Remodelers by on January 17, 2019 0 Comments
Remodelers’ Confidence Holds Relatively Steady

NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index posted a reading of 57 in the fourth quarter of 2018, only one point lower than the previous quarter.

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A Rec Room Fit for an Actual RV

Filed in International Builders' Show by on January 10, 2019 0 Comments
A Rec Room Fit for an Actual RV

The New American Remodel 2019 is far from typical. Among its more unique features is an enormous garage large enough to not only fit a motor home and other vehicles, but also house a recreation lounge.

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Interest Rates Decline Amid Fed’s Messaging

Filed in Economics by on January 10, 2019 0 Comments
Interest Rates Decline Amid Fed’s Messaging

Despite the slowdown in the second half of the year, 2018 is expected to be the best year for residential construction since the Great Recession. NAHB’s chief economist recently discussed the impact of rising interest rates and what to expect in the year ahead.

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What the Fed Rate Hike Means for Housing

Filed in Economics by on December 20, 2018 0 Comments
What the Fed Rate Hike Means for Housing

Housing affordability last quarter was at a 10-year low, and it appears that conditions at the start of 2019 aren’t likely to improve much.

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Smart-Home Tech That Goes Beyond Interior Walls

Filed in Technology by on December 19, 2018 0 Comments
Smart-Home Tech That Goes Beyond Interior Walls

Smart-home technology isn’t just for interior spaces. The growing list of smart-technology solutions for home entertainment, lighting, and even heating and cooling now have outdoor applications as well.

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IBS ‘Game Changers’ Spotlight: The New Suburbia

Filed in International Builders' Show by on December 17, 2018 0 Comments
IBS ‘Game Changers’ Spotlight: The New Suburbia

A significant portion of younger home buyers are considering alternatives to the high-priced cities, especially as millennials increasingly start forming families of their own. But most have no intention of recreating their parents’ suburbia, either.

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HUD Announces New FHA Loan Limits for 2019

Filed in Housing Finance by on December 14, 2018 0 Comments

The nationwide rise in median home prices indicates most buyers across the country — including those in more than 3,000 counties — will see increases.

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Efficiency Begins Underground for 2019 Show Home

Filed in International Builders' Show by on December 14, 2018 0 Comments
Efficiency Begins Underground for 2019 Show Home

A top-of-the-line insulation package will help The New American Home 2019 achieve next-level energy efficiency.

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Fed Hints at Wait-and-See Approach to 2019 Interest Rates

Filed in Economics by on December 14, 2018 0 Comments
Fed Hints at Wait-and-See Approach to 2019 Interest Rates

Federal Reserve officials recently signaled a more data-dependent approach to monetary policy in 2019. NAHB economists forecast a more dovish path for the federal funds rate than many others had predicted earlier this year.

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