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  • Housing Outlook 2017: Eight Predictions From The Experts
  • REAL ISSUES, REAL ANSWERS: Desperately Seeking Good Salespeople
  • The 10 hottest housing markets for 2017
  • What kind of housing do aging boomers need?
  • News Briefs
  • Industry Events

Housing Outlook 2017: Eight Predictions From The Experts

In so many ways 2016 was an unprecedented, volatile and, for some, excruciating 12 months. And the housing market was not immune to the year's whims. At the start experts anticipated a pick up in building activity, instead builders are still not producing enough homes. Meanwhile, home prices appreciated beyond expectations and mortgage rates toyed with record lows before crossing 4% for the first time in two years. "If the expectation was that the market would transition smoothly from deep red hot recovery to normal--that certainly didn't happen," says Svenja Gudell, chief economist at real estate data firm Zillow.

Read the whole story at Forbes


Maximize Customer Service and Minimize Delivery Costs.

Mobile Fleet Manager, powered by Elite EXTRA and integrated within the Ponderosa ERP Software, is an easy-to-use, web-based solution that provides Pro Dealers and their distributors with real-time truck route optimization, dispatching and fleet tracking. Mobile Fleet Manager improves dispatcher and driver productivity, optimizes routes to shorten delivery times and reduce costs, pinpoints ETAs, sends manifests right to the drivers' laptop, tablet, or smartphone, captures electronic proof of delivery, tracks trucks via GPS and more!

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REAL ISSUES, REAL ANSWERS: Desperately Seeking Good Salespeople

Finding and keeping good people has emerged as the number one challenge facing LBM companies. And since nothing happens until a sale is made, there's extra pressure for LBM dealers to secure hard-working, effective salespeople. It's a tough challenge, and in an industry that's struggling to attract fresh talent, it is likely not a short-term situation. This month, of the 200-plus readers who answered our survey, a healthy portion are desperately seeking good salespeople.

Read the whole story at LBM Journal


ThermalBuck™ Simplifies Window Installation, Saves Time & Money

BRINC Energy-efficient builders have struggled for years to solve multiple problems when installing windows with exterior insulation. With 2012 & 2015 Energy Codes requiring continuous insulation, more builders than ever are looking for better solutions.

ThermalBuck™ solves the challenges presented by “outsulation” by extending the mounting point for windows & doors to create a flush plane for cladding. Dimensionally stable and strong, ThermalBuck™ prevents compression of rigid insulation, helping to maintain the integrity of the window installation.

Simple to install and easier to flash than a wood window buck, ThermalBuck™ saves both time and money. With an R-value range of 4.4 to 11, it insulates the mounting points of windows & doors, limiting thermal bridging.
ThermalBuck™ is a true continuous insulation
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The 10 hottest housing markets for 2017

If you're looking to invest in real estate, look no further than Nashville.

The city is likely to be the hottest housing market in 2017, according Zillow, a real estate website, which offered its predictions for the 10 hottest housing markets of the year.

Read the whole story at Business Insider


Kleer PVC Trimboards

Kleer PVC TrimboardsKleer PVC Trimboards are ideal for corners, fascia, soffits, rakes, casings, cornices and other applications, delivering the advantages of natural wood without the upkeep.

Innovative TruEDGE® technology provides sharper, cleaner edges that resist dust and dirt, and a smooth finish that’s easier to clean than wood trim or PVC boards without sealed edges. UV inhibitors provide long lasting protection over time, they are perfect for creating authentic accents around windows, doors and more. 

And since they don’t splinter, rot, delaminate or swell, they can be installed in direct contact with the ground, masonry or other potentially wet surfaces.

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What kind of housing do aging boomers need?

About a year ago, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) released a study about the housing preferences of the boomer generation, summarizing it this way: Boomers Prefer Suburbs and Cul de Sacs. Being a boomer who worries about these things, I was appalled, and wrote in MNN: New study confirms that boomers are clueless. Essentially the data showed that boomers didn't want to change their lifestyles at all.

The contradictions abound. Americans want a fuller life, but they don't want to live where the amenities, the libraries and theaters and bookstores and where the other people are, which is in the city. They are worried about their health but don't want to be where the hospitals and the doctors and the specialists are. They want peace of mind, but they still want 2,000 square feet of house in the middle of a lawn that has to be mowed, on a cul-de-sac where they can't get transit. Basically they want what they have now, but on one floor.

Read the whole story at the Mother Nature Network


Management software for lumber, building materials, and hardware dealers

Spruce ComputersSpruceWare.NET™ software is the first Windows® powered information management tool specifically designed for the lumber, hardware and building materials industry and developed using the Microsoft® .NET framework.

The familiarities of the Windows interface combined with simple navigation make training fast and easy. Now you can navigate and access information, manage workflows, and analyze operations quicker and easier than ever before.

Find out how SpruceWare.NET can help you manage your business. Contact us today! or 800-777-8231.

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News Briefs

Thom Named New CEO at MiTek MORE

LBM Advantage, IBSA Prep for Merger MORE

Kodiak Building Partners Names New COO and CFO MORE

NLBMDA Releases 2017 National Policy Agenda MORE

MoistureShield Adds Mid-State Lumber to Distribution Network MORE



Dricon Fire retardant treated woodDricon® Fire retardant treated wood has been repeatedly called "over-engineered" since its launch in 1981, but after 35 years of performance excellence, we're ok with that.

Whether you're using plywood or lumber, Dricon® has an unmatched record of protection against flame spread, smoke development, rot and decay. We back that up with a 40 year roof-system warranty against heat degradation, and the industry's only preservative warranty on fire retardant wood.

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Industry Events


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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