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  • With Mortgage Rates Up, Trump Already Makes a Mark on Housing Market
  • U.S. Industry Seeks Duties on Canadian Lumber, Reignites Dispute
  • The One Big Real Estate Trend You Need to Understand in 2017
  • The Leery Lumberman's Guide to Social Media
  • News Briefs
  • Industry Events

With Mortgage Rates Up, Trump Already Makes a Mark on Housing Market

The day before Thanksgiving isn't typically a busy time in the home mortgage business. Then again, it isn't a typical year. First, there was real estate developer Donald J. Trump's surprising victory in the presidential election.

Then interest rates for mortgages spiked to more than 4 percent — rising faster in the days since the election than they have in more than three years, when fretting over their persistently low levels has consumed economists, policymakers and investors alike.

Read the whole story at The Baltimore Sun


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U.S. Industry Seeks Duties on Canadian Lumber, Reignites Dispute

A group representing the U.S. lumber industry and some of its workers on Friday called on authorities to impose duties on Canadian softwood lumber, reigniting a long-standing trade dispute between the two nations.

U.S. producers complain Canadian lumber is subsidized, and have in the past launched trade challenges that resulted in the United States imposing billions of dollars in tariffs. 

Read the whole story at Reuters


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The One Big Real Estate Trend You Need to Understand in 2017

Forget a tale of two cities: Extreme housing market fragmentation is now creating different experiences for home buyers and sellers in a wide range of locations and segments.

Nationally, home prices are expected to keep rising, albeit more slowly- 3.5% in 2017, vs. 4.5% in 2016, per Moody's Analytics projections. But even more so than in recent years, your position is now going to hinge on what and where you're buying or selling.

Read the whole story at Fortune


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The Leery Lumberman's Guide to Social Media

In 2008, a General Manager of an independent LBM firm called me. He was under attack. "I need your help! Marketing keeps demanding we join The Facebook and Tweeter. I've blown them off for months, but they're relentless.

"My instinct is to tell them to be quiet and get back to work, but that will be demotivating," he trailed off. "I mean... how is The Facebook going to help me sell more 2×4's?"

Read the whole story at LBM Journal


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News Briefs

NRLA Announces New Chair, Board of Directors MORE

MSLBMDA Brewfest Fundraiser Benefits Veterans MORE

Leah Kosnack Fennell Named President of MRLDA MORE

NLBMDA Supports Court Ruling Halting Overtime Rule MORE


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Industry Events


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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