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  • NAHB Shares Builders’ View of Rising Lumber Prices
  • Tax Reform Talk Heats Up Inside the Beltway
  • Housing Affordability in U.S. Hits Eight-Year Low
  • January Housing Starts Level Off After Multifamily Surge
  • News Briefs
  • Industry Events
NAHB Shares Builders’ View of Rising Lumber Prices

The National Association of Home Builders shared a post to its NAHB Now blog Friday examining how rising lumber prices are weighing on builders.

Randy Strauss, owner of Strauss Construction in Amherst, Ohio, heard the news from his lumberyard: Lagging domestic supply and increasing tariffs on Canadian lumber mean that Strauss is looking at prices increases this spring as high as 30% by April.

Read the whole story at LBM Journal

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Tax Reform Talk Heats Up Inside the Beltway

As talk heats up in Washington, D.C. on the items that are part of President Donald Trump’s agenda, there appears to be interest in taking action this year in reforming the tax code. The tax writing committees in the House and Senate have held numerous hearings on the issue in recent years and have a good idea of the trade-offs involved with tax reform. The goal—at the moment—is to reduce overall tax rates and in return reduce or eliminate some popular credits and deductions.

Read the whole story at LBM Journal

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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Housing Affordability in U.S. Hits Eight-Year Low

According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI), shortages of buildable lots and skilled labor, along with excessive regulations, rising mortgage interest rates and ongoing home price appreciation pushed housing affordability in the fourth quarter of 2016 to its lowest point since the third quarter of 2008.

Read the whole story at World Property Journal

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January Housing Starts Level Off After Multifamily Surge

Housing starts returned to trend, dropping 2.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.246 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Multifamily production fell 10.2% to 423,000 units after an unusually high December 2016 reading, whereas single-family starts ticked up 1.9% to 823,000 units.

Read the whole story at LBM Journal


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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

NLBMDA Supports Rep. Farenthold’s Introduction of Innocent Sellers Fairness Act MORE

New Single-Family Home Size Trends MORE

Patrick Lumber Acquires Parts of Mary's River Lumber MORE

Industry Events

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

May 4-5, East Coast Builders Conference, Atlanta, GA,

May 19-22, Do it Best Spring Market, Indianapolis, IN,

Aug. 24-26, Orgill Fall Dealer Market, Boston,

Sept. 7-8, LBM Strategies Conference, Frisco, TX,