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  • NAHB Panel Says U.S. Housing Production Will Gradually Uptick in 2017
  • Industry Expert: The Only Thing to Fear in 2017 is Fear Itself
  • U.S. ITC Rules Material Injury on Canadian Lumber Imports
  • NAHB International Builders’ Show: Three Days of ‘Positive Energy’
  • News Briefs
  • Industry Events

NAHB Panel Says U.S. Housing Production Will Gradually Uptick in 2017

According to some of the top U.S. housing economists speaking at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders' Show in Orlando, Florida this week; fueled by a growing economy, solid employment gains and rising household formations, single-family housing production in the U.S. will continue on a gradual, upward trajectory in 2017.

"While positive developments on the demand side will support solid growth in the single-family housing sector in 2017, builders in many markets continue to face supply-side constraints led by the three 'Ls' - lots, labor and lending," said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz.

Read the whole story at World Property Journal


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Industry Expert: The Only Thing to Fear in 2017 is Fear Itself

The housing market is improving and in some areas, even back to pre-crisis levels. Now, one expert explains that the only thing to fear in 2017’s housing market is, well, fear itself.

During the past few weeks, the housing market saw an increase in existing home sales at the highest pace since 2007, a decrease in foreclosures and yet more jobs added in an already-full jobs market.

Read the whole story at Housing Wire


Ponderosa LBM Software. It Starts and Ends with Service.

Today’s LBM buyers shop differently and expect more. They want to be involved in researching product choices, designs and colors, and they want to purchase when they want.

Ponderosa Software’s web-based Sales Portal lets your customers view products, submit quotes and place orders 24/7, without having to wait for your customer service department to open! Sell and service your customers like never before with a visualization platform that can truly bring their vision to life! 

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U.S. ITC Rules Material Injury on Canadian Lumber Imports

The U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled there is a reasonable indication that softwood lumber imports from Canada materially injure the U.S. industry. How significant is this ruling to the trade dispute between the two countries? Joshua Zaret, senior industry analyst for packaging, paper and paper products, Bloomberg Intelligence speaks on The Daily Brief.

Watch the video at Bloomberg



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Above Ground treatments remain code compliant for framing, including joists and beams, and should meet customers safety and performance expectations without introducing excessive chemicals into the environment, or to potentially increase costs unnecessarily. Compare other warranties to see for yourself.

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NAHB International Builders' Show: Three Days of 'Positive Energy'

The crowds were thick on the exhibit hall floor as the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) returned to Orlando, Fla., for the NAHB International Builders' Show® (IBS) Jan. 10-12.

About 80,000 home builders, remodelers, developers, designers and their trade partners talked to suppliers and saw demonstrations during a show that spanned the West, North and South halls of the Orange County Convention Center. Exhibit space grew from about 500,000 square feet in 2016 to 569,000 square feet this year, and the number of exhibitors grew from 1,400 to more than 1,500 on the Show floor and in the outdoor exhibition areas.

Read the whole story at the NAHB


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News Briefs

Holmes Building Materials Purchases Ed Price Building Materials MORE

Gordon Lumber Company Announces New GM, Sales Rep. MORE

Simpson Strong-Tie Acquires BIM Company CG Visions MORE

Mitek Acquires DIY Technologies MORE

Sherwood Lumber Opens California Sales Office MORE



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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. 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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