Adaptability is Key to Iowa Remodeler’s Success

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Adaptability is Key to Iowa Remodeler’s Success

The only way to run a successful business for over thirty years is to adapt with the times. That’s exactly what Jeff Ellis, owner of Firstcall Remodeling & Restoration in Grimes, Iowa, has done throughout his career, which is why he became the November NAHB Remodeler of the Month.

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Single-Family Starts at Highest Pace Since Spring of 2007

Filed in Economics by on November 18, 2020 2 Comments
Single-Family Starts at Highest Pace Since Spring of 2007

Led by solid gains in single-family production, overall housing starts increased 4.9% in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.53 million units, according to a report from according to a report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.

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FHFA Announces Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Multifamily Loans Purchase Caps for 2021

Filed in Advocacy, Housing Finance, Multifamily by on November 17, 2020 2 Comments
FHFA Announces Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Multifamily Loans Purchase Caps for 2021

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today announced that the 2021 multifamily loan purchase caps for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) will be $70 billion for each Enterprise. The cap structure allows the Enterprises to offer a combined total of $140 billion in support to the multifamily market.

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NAHB Leads the Charge on Member Mental Health and Wellbeing

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NAHB Leads the Charge on Member Mental Health and Wellbeing

At last month’s Fall Leadership Council meeting, NAHB Second Vice Chairman Jerry Konter spoke to members about NAHB’s commitment to addressing the critical issue of mental health and suicide prevention in our industry.

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Podcast: Home Building Can Continue to Thrive in New Political Environment

Filed in Advocacy, Membership by on November 17, 2020 0 Comments
Podcast: Home Building Can Continue to Thrive in New Political Environment

On the latest episode of Housing Developments, NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin discuss the various factors that will play into the likely landscape builders will face as winter approaches, including: record high builder confidence, policy referendums, the impact of who controls the House and Senate, Cabinet picks, and housing policy likely to be enacted by the next administration.

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Sales Growth Lifts Builder Confidence to New Record High

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Sales Growth Lifts Builder Confidence to New Record High

In another sign that housing continues to lead the economy forward, builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes increased five points to 90 in November, shattering the previous all-time of 85 recorded in October, according to the latest NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released today.

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Suburban Housing: Increased Trend or Permanent Shift?

Filed in Disaster Response, Economics, Multifamily by on November 16, 2020 2 Comments
Suburban Housing: Increased Trend or Permanent Shift?

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, certain patterns and trends have begun to emerge in the housing industry — in particular, higher demand for housing in lower-density areas. How much of these trends, though, are actually a change in demand or behavior, or just a continuation of existing trends that may have been accelerated through COVID?

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Home Building a Leading Sector in the Q3 Rebound

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Home Building a Leading Sector in the Q3 Rebound

The housing industry has undoubtedly been a bright spot for the economy during this period of economic distress. Demand for homes has increased on historically low interest rates, a need for more residential space, favorable demographics for home buying, and an evolving geography of housing demand that favors low density, more affordable markets.

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NHE Offers Funding for Workforce Development Initiatives

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NHE Offers Funding for Workforce Development Initiatives

The National Housing Endowment and the Skilled Labor Fund provide funding to HBAs for workforce development initiatives such as skilled trades training programs, local career fairs and construction management education.

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Learn Business Leadership Habits in NAHB Webinar Nov. 18

Filed in Business Management, Education by on November 13, 2020 0 Comments
Learn Business Leadership Habits in NAHB Webinar Nov. 18

Business leadership tactics are often harder to learn than the sticks and bricks aspects of home building. There are so many leadership philosophies and recommendations to consider, it can make your head spin. Learn simple, actionable suggestions for developing and enhancing your unique approach from an award-winning builder.

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