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  • How To See If Home Prices Are Rising Or Falling Where You Live
  • NAHB: Builders Report Shortages of Framing Lumber
  • Appraisers May Be Holding Back The Housing Market, And That Might Be Okay
  • My Economy: Life as a millennial renter priced out of the housing market
  • The Case-Shiller Home Price Indices - How Cities Have Recovered Since The Housing Crisis
  • News Briefs
  • Industry Events
How To See If Home Prices Are Rising Or Falling Where You Live

Home prices have finally clawed their way back to the peak of the housing bubble. That's on average nationally. The story is very different when you zoom in on different counties or cities in particular.

It's also a different picture if you adjust for inflation. A new tabulation of home price data by Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies lets you do just that. You can zoom in on an interactive map to see what prices are doing in various parts of the country.

Read the whole story at NPR

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NAHB: Builders Report Shortages of Framing Lumber

For several years now, the recovery in single-family home building has been hampered by shortages of labor and lots. Availability of building materials, meanwhile, has not been much of an issue. But that may be starting to change.

Read the whole story at LBM Journal


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Appraisers May Be Holding Back The Housing Market, And That Might Be Okay

I want to warn you from the top, this is a highly speculative post in multiple directions at once. I have a theory as to what is holding back the housing market, and another theory as to why that might be a good thing.

There isn’t a lot of data to back up either claim, and I wouldn’t elevate other above conjecture at this point. But stick with me anyway.

Read the whole story at Forbes

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My Economy: Life as a millennial renter priced out of the housing market

Much of the state of California is in the middle of a housing crunch. And a lot of the time, that means people aren't able to purchase a home, despite having a job and a steady income. Rent is too high and home values are keeping first time home buyers from getting into the market. For today's installment of our ongoing series, My Economy, a young woman living in Costa Mesa, California, shares her experience:

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Displaying DeckWise250x300.gifThe engineers at DeckWise® developed the Altitudes Pedestal™ System to transform underutilized sloped roof tops, concrete patios, and balconies into beautiful outdoor living spaces. Pedestals will support and elevate 24" x 24" Ipe hardwood deck tiles over multiple substrate slopes for a perfectly level deck tile surface with a load bearing capacity of up to 1,200 lbs. per pedestal.

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The Case-Shiller Home Price Indices - How Cities Have Recovered Since The Housing Crisis

We discuss some of the Methodology of the Case-Shiller Home Price Index in this housing market video, and then go over 20 cities and compare and contrast how each has fared since the housing market crash.

Seattle, Portland, Dallas and Denver are some really hot housing markets. Las Vegas still has a long way to go to reach the pre-housing crash levels, a lot of significant damage done to the Florida housing markets as well, and it has taken longer to recover. What this undertaking illustrates is just how local the real estate market is even within the larger backdrop of an overall healthy job market and economy.

Read the whole story at Seeking Alpha

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LBM Strategies 2017 will be held at the new Omni Hotel, Frisco, Texas, (opening: July 2017). The cornerstone of the Dallas Cowboys brand new, state-of-the-art training facility and world headquarters, the hotel is located 20 minutes north of downtown Dallas, and less than 30 minutes from both DFW and Love Field Airports.

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News Briefs

Roseburg Forest Products to Build New Plant in South Carolina MORE

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Kuiken Brothers Unveils New Covered Warehouse Facilities MORE

Lumbermen’s Acquires Michigan Prestain MORE

Industry Events


July 20-21,  Florida Building Material Suppliers Association (FBMA) Summer EducationConference, Orlando, FL,

July 27-30, Building Material Suppliers Association (BMSA) Summer Conference, Virginia Beach, VA,

Aug. 24-26, Orgill Fall Dealer Market, Boston,

Sept. 7-8, LBM Strategies Conference, Frisco, TX,

Sept. 20-22, Construction Suppliers Association (CSA) Annual Conference & Expo, Savannah, GA,

Sept. 25-27, True Value Fall Reunion, Chicago, IL,

Oct. 4-6, Florida Building Material Association (FBMA) Convention and Gulf Atlantic Building Products Expo, Orlando, FL,

Oct. 13-16, Do it Best Fall Market, Indianapolis, IN,

Oct. 22-24, LBM Advantage Forest Products Conference, Baltimore, MD,

Oct 24-26, Forest Products & Building Materials Expo, Philadelphia, PA,

Nov. 7-9, Western Building Material Association 115th Annual Convention, Marysville, WA,

Nov. 8-9, West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association (WCLBMA) Annual Convention and 100th Anniversary Celebration, Rancho Mirage, CA,

Nov 8-10, NAWLA Trader's Market, Chicago, IL,