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Townhouse Construction Slows at Start of 2019

Filed in Economics by on May 17, 2019 0 Comments
Townhouse Construction Slows at Start of 2019

Townhouse construction slowed during the first quarter of 2019 after a strong 2018 performance, according to NAHB analysis of the most recent Census data of Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design.

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FHA Proposes Clarification for Lenders to Increase Program Participation

Filed in Housing Finance by on May 10, 2019 0 Comments
FHA Proposes Clarification for Lenders to Increase Program Participation

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced on May 9 that it is proposing several revisions to its lender certification requirements with the goal of providing lenders and servicers greater certainty in how to satisfy the agency’s compliance requirements.

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FHA Significantly Cuts Costs for Opportunity Zone Investors

Filed in Housing Finance, Multifamily by on May 9, 2019 0 Comments
FHA Significantly Cuts Costs for Opportunity Zone Investors

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced today that it is reducing fees to provide greater incentives for multifamily developers to invest in Opportunity Zones across the nation.

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Housing Takes a Hit on Higher China Tariffs

Filed in Affordability, Trade by on May 8, 2019 8 Comments
Housing Takes a Hit on Higher China Tariffs

In a move that will harm housing affordability, the Trump administration has increased tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports — including $10 billion of goods used by the home building industry — from 10% to 25% effective at 12:01 a.m. May 10.

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Administration Approves 30,000 Additional H-2B Visas

Filed in Labor, Safety and Health by on May 6, 2019 0 Comments
Administration Approves 30,000 Additional H-2B Visas

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today that it will issue an additional 30,000 H-2B guest worker visas for fiscal year 2019, which ends Sept. 30. This will be in addition to the annual allotment of 66,000 visas, all of which have already been claimed this year.

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Top 10 Home Technology Features

Filed in Housing Trends, Technology by on May 3, 2019 2 Comments
Top 10 Home Technology Features

When it comes to the top technology features that consumers want in their homes, the “eyes” have it. Three of the four most wanted features are security-related.

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NAHB Expresses Concerns Over Cluster Mailboxes

Filed in Capitol Hill by on May 1, 2019 6 Comments
NAHB Expresses Concerns Over Cluster Mailboxes

In a letter to members of the House Financial Services Committee, NAHB expressed concerns to federal lawmakers over increased costs and undue burdens to America’s home builders and home owners regarding the use of cluster mailboxes by the U.S. Postal Service.

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Home Building Employment Across States and Congressional Districts

Filed in Capitol Hill, Economics, Home Building by on April 18, 2019 0 Comments
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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Treasury Announces New Opportunity Zone Regulations

Filed in Multifamily, Tax Reform Toolkit by on April 17, 2019 2 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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NAHB Senior Officers Hold Productive Talks with HUD Secretary Carson

Filed in Capitol Hill, Leadership by on April 9, 2019 0 Comments
NAHB Senior Officers Hold Productive Talks with HUD Secretary Carson

NAHB senior officers discuss key housing issues with HUD Secretary Ben Carson.

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