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  • How Will The 2016 Election Affect The Housing Market - And Your Wallet?
  • NLBMDA Update: US & Canadian Softwood Lumber Agreement
  • Here's clear evidence of how much more complicated mortgage lending is now
  • News Briefs
  • Industry Events

How Will The 2016 Election Affect The Housing Market - And Your Wallet?

Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Whichever candidate wins the White House will have the power to shape the nation's housing market and overall economy for years to come. What you may not know is that presidential elections themselves can affect everything from mortgage rates and housing prices to stock market values and corporate investment.

A range of studies show that -- during a typical election year -- the uncertainty produced by the race can have more impact on housing and the economy than the actual outcome in November. Of course, the 2016 election is anything but "typical."

Read the whole story at The Mortgage Reports


Ponderosa Software Announces Mobile Fleet Manager

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NLBMDA Update: US & Canadian Softwood Lumber Agreement

The National Lumber and Building Materials Dealer Association issued the following update on the state of the Softwood Lumber Agreement between the U.S. and Canada:

Background: The Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) between the United States (U.S.) and Canada expired on October 12, 2015. There was a one-year cooling off period where neither country was allowed to engage in litigation on the issue. That cooling-off period expired on October 12, 2016. The U.S. Lumber Coalition, an alliance of softwood lumber producers in the United States, has expressed support for a new agreement but in a recent statement suggested it may have "no choice but to move to initiate trade cases against unfairly traded imports from Canada."

Read the whole story at LBM Journal


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Here's clear evidence of how much more complicated mortgage lending is now

At any gathering of housing industry professionals, it isn't long before the conversation inevitably turns to the current regulatory environment and how different things are now than they were before the crisis.

That was definitely the case at Wednesday's "Data, Demand, and Demographics: A Symposium on Housing Finance" presented by the Urban Institute and CoreLogic, where several of the invited speakers touched on the prevalence and effectiveness (or lack thereof) of current regulations.

Read the whole story at HousingWire


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News Briefs

GMS Acquires Michigan's Ryan Building Materials MORE

Peterson Appointed Chair of PLM/ILM Board of Directors MORE

Cribb Named Sales Director for Roseburg Solid Wood Business MORE

Make Your Industry's Voice Heard by Voting MORE


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Industry Events

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

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

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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