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10.04.2016
  • Housing Policy? Not in This Debate
  • Some of America's Hottest Housing Markets Are Cooling Off
  • Contractors frustrated by worker shortage
  • TOUGH CALL: Oil and Water
  • News Briefs
  • Industry Events

Housing Policy? Not in This Debate

Despite their lack of discussion on the housing market during the primary debates and now the first presidential debate on Monday, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have expressed their stances on housing sporadically throughout the race.


Trump spoke at the National Association of Home Builders' 2016 Midyear Board of Directors Meeting in Miami, Florida and stated he believed overregulation was the source of many issues in the housing industry including the job growth.


Read the whole story at The M Report



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Some of America's Hottest Housing Markets Are Cooling Off

The red-hot growth in home prices across the U.S. West is starting to slow in some cities as sticker shock and low inventory put off weary buyers.

Denver, Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, have seen gains in real estate values moderate after years of double-digit increases, according to Zillow. A slowdown in the tech epicenter of San Francisco is becoming even more pronounced, with the median home value in August rising less than 1 percent from a year earlier.

Read the whole story at Bloomberg

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Contractors Frustrated by Worker Shortage

Talk to any contractor in northwest Lower Michigan and you'll probably notice an undercurrent of frustration.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that potential construction projects are everywhere but contractors cannot take on some jobs simply because they can't find enough people to swing hammers. "I've got enough work to keep me busy through next year," said John Desmond, owner of Traverse City-based JD Construction. "But I don't have enough workers. I can't get applicants. I've been having a heck of a time."

Read the whole story at The Washington Times


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TOUGH CALL: Oil and Water

Finally, after nearly a decade as general manager of Water Lumber, a mid-sized lumberyard in a growing area, you understand the wisdom behind the owner's mantra: "Do enough of the right things everyday, and good things will follow." That's how the owner led the company, and you've been conscious to follow her example. It seems to have worked. After all, for as long as you remember, Water Lumber's growth has never been explosive or jarring-but it's always been steadily trending in the right direction. As a result, your company has established a clear leadership position in your market.

Read the whole story at LBM Journal


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News Briefs

BlueTarp Financial Introduces Quarterly Building Supply Index MORE

Shelly's Opens New Philadelphia-area Showroom MORE

Fahy Promoted to LBM Leadership Role at Do it Best MORE

Huttig Hires New GM for Columbus MORE



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Industry Events

Oct. 5-7, Florida Building Material Association (FBMA) Convention & Gulf Atlantic Building Products Trade Show, and Architectural Design Symposium, Kissimmee, FL, www.FBMA.org, 352.383.0366

Oct. 6-7, DeckExpo/Remodeling Show Baltimore, MD

Oct. 7-10, Do it Best Fall Market, Indianapolis, IN, www.doitbestcorp.com, 888-DOITBEST

Oct. 18-21, Building Component Manufacturers Conference, Knoxville, TN, www.bcmcshow.com, 608.274.4849

Oct. 25-27, NLBMDA ProDealer Industry Summit, Charleston, SC, www.Dealer.org, 202.367.1169

Oct. 26-28, North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA) Trader’s Market, Las Vegas, NV

Oct. 31-Nov. 4 - World Millwork Alliance (WMA) Annual Convention & Trade Show, Atlanta, GA, www.amdweb.com

Nov. 3-4, LMC Forest Products & Building Products Expo, Philadelphia, PA

Nov. 8-10, Western Building Material Association (WBMA) Annual Convention, Portland, OR, www.WBMA.org, 888.551.9262

2017
Jan. 11-13, International Builders Show, Orlando, FL

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