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  • These 5 Trends Will Shape the Housing Market in 2017
  • Housing outlook brightens despite higher rates
  • Zillow: Total value of U.S. housing reaches all-time high
  • Canadian, U.S. timber markets see same issues in different ways
  • Will popular tax break for homeowners survive in 2017?
  • News Briefs
  • Industry Events

These 5 Trends Will Shape the Housing Market in 2017

If the U.S. economy is to hit escape velocity in 2017, you can expect the real estate sector to serve as its rocket fuel.

At its most broadly defined, housing can be counted on to compose 15% of GDP. It hasn't done that much heavy lifting lately, however. That's because in the wake of the real estate bubble, lending standards have remained tight, while the cautious builders who survived the crisis have been reluctant to dive headfirst into expanding their operations again.

Read the whole story at Fortune


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Housing outlook brightens despite higher rates

The housing market is expected to pick up moderately next year on steady job and income growth and an easing supply crunch, but rising mortgage rates are likely to temper the gains, economists say.

The "X" factor is President-elect Donald Trump. Some of his proposed policies could juice home sales and starts more than anticipated while others may constrain the market.

Read the whole story at USA Today


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Zillow: Total value of U.S. housing reaches all-time high

The total value of all the housing stock in the United States has never been worth more than it is right now, according to a new report from Zillow.

The report says the total value of U.S. housing stock grew to a total of $29.6 trillion in 2016, marking an all-time high.

Read the whole story at HousingWire


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Canadian, U.S. timber markets see same issues in different ways

Like a pair of fraternal twins, the timber markets of the United States and Canada don't quite look identical.

In the West, both sides cut conifers mainly for the U.S. housing market. The industries each revolve around huge swaths of public forest, and have boisterous debates about how to manage that landscape. Whole communities depend on the logging and milling business north and south of the border.

Read the whole story at the Montana Standard


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Will popular tax break for homeowners survive in 2017?

For millions of moderate-income homebuyers, there's an important money-saving question looming in 2017: Will Congress reinstate deductions for mortgage insurance premiums as part of its overhaul of the federal tax code?

Depending on your situation as a buyer or owner, it could mean thousands of dollars in tax write-offs. Mortgage insurance premiums are charged by lenders when borrowers make less than a 20 percent down payment. In one form or another, they are an integral part of all Federal Housing Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs and low-down-payment loans eligible for sale to investors Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. During the past year, 43 percent of all home purchases were made with down payments of 5 percent or less, according to analytics firm CoreLogic - often by millennials, first-timers and minority buyers.

Read the whole story at The Chicago Tribune


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News Briefs

New Home Sales Up in November MORE

Home Values Rise at Fastest Pace Since 2006 MORE

Guardian Consolidates Joplin Distribution Centers MORE


How long will we be holding steady?

BlueTarp IndexBlueTarp's quarterly Index shows how the health of the building supply industry is trending, compared to last year, by taking a look at driving factors:

• BlueTarp proprietary contractor spend and delinquency

• Building permits

• Consumer confidence

• Construction spend

Register to download BlueTarp's Index and review the factors influencing the overall state of the industry.

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Industry Events


Jan. 10-12, International Builders Show, Orlando, FL,

Jan. 16-17, Northwestern Lumber Association (NLA) Building Products Expo, Bloomington, MN,

Jan. 17-19, North Dakota Retail Lumberman's Association Annual Convention, Fargo, ND,

Jan. 31, Wisconsin Lumber Dealers Convention, Wisconsin Dells, WI,

Feb. 1-2, Building Material Suppliers Association (BMSA) Building Products Show, Hickory, NC,

Feb. 15-17, Northeastern Retail Lumber Association (NRLA) LBM Expo, Providence, RI,

March 8-10, LMC Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA,

March 13-15, LBM Advantage Annual Meeting & Business Conference, Orlando, FL,

March 27-29, National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) Spring Meeting & Legislative Conference, Washington, DC

April 5-7, Lumbermen's Association of Texas & Louisiana (LAT) Annual Convention & Buying Show, Grapevine, TX,

May 20-22, Do it Best Spring Market, Indianapolis, IN,, 888-DOITBEST



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