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  • The Compass for Homebuilding Innovations Comes from Millennials
  • Understanding Mortgage Rates: How the Federal Funds Rate Affects Mortgage Rates
  • Award Winners: 2016 Award-Winning Decks
  • What to Expect in Washington for 2017
  • Home Flipping Comes Down Off 6-Year High
  • News Briefs
  • Industry Events

The Compass for Homebuilding Innovations Comes from Millennials

It's no secret that Millennials delay many major life decisions-marriage, starting a family-by about 4 years. This is not borne of lack of ambition, but a more thoughtful approach to some of those decisions.

This has a significant impact on homeownership, as these decisions are often the driving factors for many to commit to a home. The full effect of this trend is yet to be felt: Millennials currently represent about a third of today's homeowners. Within the next 10 years, however, they are projected to own half of the housing stock.

Read the whole story at The Boss Magazine


Kleer PVC Trimboards

Kleer PVC TrimboardsKleer PVC Trimboards are ideal for corners, fascia, soffits, rakes, casings, cornices and other applications, delivering the advantages of natural wood without the upkeep.

Innovative TruEDGE® technology provides sharper, cleaner edges that resist dust and dirt, and a smooth finish that’s easier to clean than wood trim or PVC boards without sealed edges. UV inhibitors provide long lasting protection over time, they are perfect for creating authentic accents around windows, doors and more. 

And since they don’t splinter, rot, delaminate or swell, they can be installed in direct contact with the ground, masonry or other potentially wet surfaces.

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Understanding Mortgage Rates: How the Federal Funds Rate Affects Mortgage Rates

Eight times every year, the Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meets to discuss and possibly alter their position on monetary policy. There are several different courses of action they could take, the most common being quantitative easing, buying and selling government securities, and raising or lowering the federal funds rate.

Most recently, the fed's tool of choice has been adjusting the federal funds rate. As we approach the FOMC's December meeting, there's a lot of hype about that rate going higher, with the fed funds futures giving it a 92.7% chance of rising.

Read the whole story at Total Mortgage


K8 – A fully integrated Business Management solution for LBM distributors, wholesalers, suppliers and retailers.

Dancik Dancik International, a Kerridge Commercial Systems Group company, provides fully integrated software and services focused on the distributive trades, specifically the building materials, lumber, flooring, electrical and plumbing distribution, wholesale and retail markets.

K8, our functionally rich software provides a fully integrated solution supporting the distributive trades including sales order processing, Finance, CRM, warehouse management, delivery management, equipment leasing, light manufacturing, EDI, online trading, business intelligence and mobile ready. 

Available on-premises and in the K-Cloud.

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Award Winners: 2016 Award-Winning Decks

Each year, one of the most anticipated events at the Deck Expo and Remodeling Show is the North American Deck and Railing Association’s (NADRA) recognition of award-winning deck, porch and outdoor projects. This year’s NADRA deck awards ceremony, dinner and entertainment was held on Oct. 6 at the Hard Rock Café in Baltimore. Deck builders and manufacturers from throughout the U.S. and Canada submitted photos and descriptions of what they hoped would be named award-winning projects by a panel of industry experts. Projects were judged based on use of space, functionality, creativity, use of materials and overall visual appeal. Of the many award-winning projects, pictured here are an assortment of first-place winners. To learn more about NADRA, visit

Read the whole story at LBM Journal


Eliminate the Guesswork with Take-Offs Everyone Can Agree On.

Create material take-offs that both you and your customers can be confident in with SAPPHIRE® Supply software. As the industry's most advanced EWP layout and design system, SAPPHIRE Supply’s visual approach helps you create take-offs that can easily be traced to their source. Compatibility with customer-friendly SAPPHIRE® Viewer puts everyone on the same page, and integration with back-office & POS systems saves you setup time.

Contact us at to set up a demo, or visit us at for more information.

Stop by International Builders’ Show (IBS) Booth 3141 on January 10th in Orlando to see our full line of builder products.

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What to Expect in Washington for 2017

With the elections behind us, and Congress finishing up work for the year, attention is turning to what to expect with a new president and a new Congress in 2017. One of the first items on the agenda in the new year will be increasing the debt limit that allows the federal government to continue borrowing to meet its existing financial obligations. On a related topic, Congress could look to reform the budget process and may consider a comprehensive reform of the tax code.

Raising the debt ceiling, a vote Congress has historically done grudgingly, in recent years has been very difficult. Members of Congress have used votes on debt ceiling increases as leverage in reaching an agreement on funding the federal government.

Read the whole story at LBM Journal


How long will we be holding steady?

BlueTarp IndexBlueTarp's quarterly Index shows how the health of the building supply industry is trending, compared to last year, by taking a look at driving factors:

• BlueTarp proprietary contractor spend and delinquency

• Building permits

• Consumer confidence

• Construction spend

Register to download BlueTarp's Index and review the factors influencing the overall state of the industry.

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Home Flipping Comes Down Off 6-Year High

Amid the rising home prices and mortgage rates, home flipping came down off last quarter’s six-year high, according to the Q3 2016 U.S. Home Flipping Report from ATTOM Data Solutions, a fused property database. A total of 5.1% of single-family and condo sales during the third quarter were home flipped, down from 5.6% last quarter.

A home flip is a house sold in an arm's length sale for the second time within a 12-month period based on publicly recorded sales deed data collected by ATTOM Data Solutions in more than 950 counties accounting for more than 80% of the U.S. population.

Read the whole story at HousingWire



Viance Viance's warranty coverage includes Above Ground treated wood framing members that are critical to the safety and performance of the structure, including joists and beams. Recent modifications to the AWPA standards have created confusion, and the misconception that all deck framing must be Ground Contact treated; this simply isn't true.

Above Ground treatments remain code compliant for framing, including joists and beams, and should meet customers safety and performance expectations without introducing excessive chemicals into the environment, or to potentially increase costs unnecessarily. Compare other warranties to see for yourself.

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News Briefs

WM. B Morse Lumber Acquires Rochester Lumber MORE

Rufus Deering Lumber Company Closes After 162 Years MORE

Small Business Health Care Relief Act a Victory for NLBMDA MORE

Report: October Home Prices Up 6.7 Percent Over Last Year MORE

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

Oct. 14-16, Do it Best Fall Market, Indianapolis, IN,, 888-DOITBEST

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

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