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When it Comes to Community Design, Pools and Club Houses are Passé

Filed in Design, Education, International Builders' Show by on January 24, 2018 0 Comments
When it Comes to Community Design, Pools and Club Houses are Passé

When it comes to building new communities, the traditional pool and clubhouse will no longer suffice if you want to stand out from your competitors. This was one of the key messages delivered at a Jan. 11 educational seminar on new amenities for lifestyle buyers during the International Builders’ Show in Orlando.

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So Much Cooking in Latest Kitchen Designs

Filed in Design, Education, International Builders' Show by on January 23, 2018 1 Comment
So Much Cooking in Latest Kitchen Designs

The latest kitchen layouts offer an abundance of options and design trends follow social trends. These were among the key takeaways during a recent International Builders’ Show seminar in Orlando focusing on “What’s Cooking in Kitchen Design.”

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Congress Ends Government Shutdown — For Now

Filed in Uncategorized by on January 22, 2018 0 Comments

After a shutdown over the weekend, Congress today moved to reopen the government by approving its fourth short-term continuing resolution of the 2018 budget year to keep the federal government running until Feb. 8. The breakthrough came as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to consider various immigration bills on the Senate floor next month if […]

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How the Government Shutdown Could Affect Housing

Filed in Capitol Hill by on January 20, 2018 1 Comment
How the Government Shutdown Could Affect Housing

The White House and Republican and Democratic congressional leaders failed to reach an agreement to extend government funding on Friday, resulting in a shutdown of certain federal government functions effective at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20 that will affect housing and home builders.

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Top Builder Challenges for 2018: Labor Access and Building Material Prices

Filed in Construction Industry, Economics by on January 19, 2018 3 Comments
Top Builder Challenges for 2018: Labor Access and Building Material Prices

The cost and availability of labor along with building material prices stand out as the two most significant problems builders expect to face in 2018, according to a recent survey of NAHB members. A whopping 84% of respondents cited these two issues as major challenges this year, and not surprisingly, these were the top two concerns cited by builders in 2017.

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HUD Delays Enforcement of Assessment of Fair Housing Plans Until 2020

Filed in Codes and Regulations by on January 5, 2018 0 Comments

HUD published a notice in the Federal Register today extending the deadline for local governments to submit an Assessment of Fair Housing until Oct. 31, 2020. Under HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, local governments must submit these plans to proactively identify barriers to fair housing choice and to ensure that their practices and policies do not promote racial segregation.

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NAHB Commends Proposed Rule on Small Business Health Plans

NAHB Commends Proposed Rule on Small Business Health Plans

NAHB today commended the Department of Labor for issuing a proposed rule that is intended to expand access to health coverage by allowing more employers to form Small Business Health Plans, also known as Association Health Plans.

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Trump Signs Tax Bill into Law

Filed in Capitol Hill by on December 22, 2017 2 Comments

President Trump today signed into law landmark tax reform legislation. “Providing tax relief for hard-working families and creating a more favorable tax climate for small business will make the economy more vibrant and competitive,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald. “In turn, this will boost the housing sector, which represents roughly one-sixth of the U.S. economy. Housing not only equals jobs, but jobs mean more demand for housing.”

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Short-Term Spending Bill Keeps the Government Open Through Jan. 19

Filed in Capitol Hill by on December 21, 2017 0 Comments

With the government funding set to run out on Dec. 22, Congress moved to approve a short-term continuing resolution to keep the lights on at federal agencies through Jan. 19.

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Capital Reserve Reinstated for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Filed in Housing Finance by on December 21, 2017 0 Comments
Capital Reserve Reinstated for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt announced today that FHFA and the Treasury Department have agreed to allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the enterprises) to each maintain a $3 billion capital buffer beginning in the fourth quarter of 2017.

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