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  • How Millennials Are Changing the Housing Market
  • Real Issues. Real Answers: Managing Evolving Inventories
  • Housing Market Index (HMI) Declines in July, But Optimism Remains High
  • These 13 cities have the biggest scars from the housing crash
  • A shocking number of Americans live in housing they can't afford, according to Harvard study
  • News Briefs
  • Industry Events
How Millennials Are Changing the Housing Market

I remember buying my first home with my wife. I will never forget the feeling of walking in together for the first time as homeowners. It was a defining moment in both our lives.

Today, younger Millennials are purchasing their first homes and older ones are already moving on to buying their second. Millennials are known as the generation that will buy a $200 pair of jeans after extensive research and trying on 67 different pairs to find the exact right ones. The way they shop for homes is no different.

Read the whole story at Inc.

Is Your Trim Inventory Getting Bulldozed Before it Even Leaves the Yard?​

PalramPVC trimboard has a tough journey from manufacturing to distributor to dealer to job site. Along the way, trim is at risk for dirt, scuffs and scratches. For a dealer, that means spending time and money on special handling and storage, cleaning, inventory shrinkage, product returns and delivery refusals.

That's why Palight Trimboard is your inventory friend: EverClean™ Protective Film on both sides of every board. Three no-paint colors (white, sand and clay). Two finishes (smooth/smooth and smooth/woodgrain). Palight Trimboard puts lost trimboard margin back into your pocket.

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Real Issues. Real Answers: Managing Evolving Inventories

“Evolve or die.” That jarring little sentence from an LBM Journal reader packs a powerful punch, and in today’s LBM industry, it is more relevant than ever. Not only is it relevant when discussing customer-centric initiatives like e-commerce and installation services, it is just as true when it comes to the products we carry, and how we manage them.

This month’s question came from a dealer in the Northeastern U.S., who wrote: “Our business is so much different than it was before the downturn, but we’re still operating like our old company before the crash. While our business is up 40% since then, we’re carrying different products, our special order business has doubled, and our inventory is much bigger. We need better controls on our sales team, receiving, stocking and shipping—to maximize turns and minimize shrink. How are other dealers handling this?”

Read the whole story at LBM Journal

Looking for an E-Log Loophole?

GPSWhile there is no getting around the Electronic Logs Mandate on December 18, 2017, the FMCSA has made it clear there are some exceptions to the rule. Although the FMCSA has outlined clear exemptions and exceptions, don’t assume your fleet or your drivers can take advantage of them. If you are not exempt, equip your fleet with a cutting-edge, yet simple to use E-Log solution from GPS Insight.


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Housing Market Index (HMI) Declines in July, But Optimism Remains High

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) said Tuesday the Housing Market Index (HMI) came in at 64, elevated but slightly less than the forecast. The consensus forecast had called for the single-family housing market index to come in at 68.

Worth noting, this is the lowest level of optimism the index has shown since the election of President Donald J. Trump in November of 2016. Still, the outlook for the next six months and the traffic of prospective new home buyers remains positive.

Read the whole story at People’s Pundit Daily

Unified Purchasing Group: Volume Discounts for Your Organization

UPGUPG offers eligible members significant savings on essential products and services from the most respected brands. We bring together independent suppliers in the construction industry to leverage collective purchasing power to negotiate significant volume discounts with vendor partners such as Verizon Wireless, UniFirst, Staples and other well-known brands. UPG membership provides economies of scale that help your organization better manage supply and operating costs.

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These 13 cities have the biggest scars from the housing crash

Zillow, a leading real estate and rental marketplace, has put out a list of the top housing markets still showing scars from the housing crash.

"Roughly half of American wealth is held in home equity," wrote Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell in a press release. "Paying off the home mortgage is a key step toward retirement for most Americans, and it's clear from these results that Generation X is further from that goal than older generations because of the Great Recession.

Read the whole story at Business Insider

DeckWise® Altitudes Pedestal™ System

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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A shocking number of Americans live in housing they can't afford, according to Harvard study

According to new research by Harvard University, almost 40 million Americans "live in housing they cannot afford." Homeownership has gone down and rental prices keep going up, meaning that millions of residents are forced to pay more than they reasonably should.

In the study, the researchers determined affordability by people's ability to pay 30 percent of their income or less on the cost of housing, which may include their mortgage, insurance and taxes.

Read the whole story at CNBC

LBM Strategies Conference 2017. Real Dealers. Real Insights. Real Solutions.

LBM StrategiesJoin other LBM industry leaders from across the U.S. to learn, share and connect this September, then get back to work armed with fresh ideas and actionable insights to grow your sales, your business and your brand. Breakfasts, lunches, coffee breaks and cocktail receptions—all included with your registration—offer an ideal opportunity to reconnect with old friends and build fresh connections.

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.

Register by July 31 to save $150!

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News Briefs

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Geyer Promoted at Roseburg MORE

Wade Named Do it Best Corp National Sales Manager 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,