Moisture-related flooring problems continue to be a long-standing issue for home builders. The National Wood Flooring Association has some solutions for NAHB members.
Shortages of buildable lots and skilled labor, excessive regulations, rising mortgage interest rates and ongoing home price appreciation pushed housing affordability in the fourth quarter of 2016 to its lowest point since the third quarter of 2008, according to the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index. released this morning.
Housing starts returned to trend in January, dropping 2.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.246 million units, according to newly released data from HUD and the Census Bureau.
Weeks after announcing a freeze on new or recent regulations, the White House has granted a waiver to the Environmental Protection Agency for the 2017 Construction General Permit, cementing for now troublesome language that can hold a builder responsible when other builders in the same development violate the law.
Many lawmakers and community officials continue to turn to inclusionary zoning as a seemingly quick and easy plan to adopt and impose on the housing industry. However, new research confirms that multiple strategies are needed to close the financing gap and make projects viable. NAHB recently compiled additional resources to help builders and land developers address some of their most pressing industry concerns related to impact fees and affordability—highlighting alternative approaches that produced positive results.
On National Groundhog Job Shadow Day, Toll Brothers showed 32 students in six states across the country the range of career options available in the home building industry.