Category Archives: Housing Markets

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Confidence Continues to Grow Among the Builder Set

The latest NAHB/ Wells Fargo Housing Index increased by two points in August, coming out at 55, inching closer to


Housing Affordability Almost Back to Normal

A new report from the National Association of Home Builders shows housing affordability is almost back to normal, approaching pre-2004


Employment in Construction Sector Up Since 2011

The latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows open, unfilled jobs in


LP SolidGuard LSL Rated Among Top Structural Lumber Products

As most homebuilders in the industry know, the structural components of a home are among the most important elements. Digital


55+ Housing Market is Seeing Increases in Builder Confidence

Builder’s confidence levels in the housing market are taken very seriously among industry professionals, and for good reason. When this


Spending in the Residential Construction Sector Is Up Year-Over-Year

A new report from the National Association of Home Builders cited Census data that showed despite two monthly declines in


LP Introduces LP SolidStart Simply Better Stud to Timber Market in the United Kingdom

This summer, LP Building Products expanded the LP® SolidStart® family and launched the new LP® SolidStart® Simply Better™ Stud in


Remodelers’ Confidence in the Market Went Up in Q2

As builders’ confidence in the current state of the housing market continues to rise (see our previous blog post on


LP OSB ZB Family of Products Provides Structural Roof, Floor and Wall Solutions Engineered for Hawaii

Earlier this year, LP Building Products, the No. 1 OSB producer and leader in strand technology, introduced a line of


July Sees Spike in Builder Confidence

The market for newly-built, single-family homes is seeing growth and builders are taking notice. In fact, builder confidence surpassed a


Construction Sector Continues to Rebound with More Open, Unfilled Jobs

The National Association of Home Builders has reported recently on the rebounding housing industry, as well as the economy as


Home Sales Spike After Slow Q1

The first quarter of 2014 was a slow one for the housing market, due mainly to harsh weather and rising


Future of Housing Looks to Minorities, Millennials and Baby Boomers

Following the rough winter most of the country experienced early this year, coupled with higher mortgage rates, the housing industry


Realtors Expect Growth in Home Prices Over the Next Year

A recent Housing Wire article cited results from the May 2014 Realtors Confidence Index showing that members of the National


Residential Construction Spending Up From Last Year

According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, construction spending in the residential category increased by 7.5 percent


Housing Industry Sees Significant Jump

A new report from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) cited recent data that showed May 2014 posted the


New Home Sales Reach Highest Pace Since 2008

According to a new report from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), new single-family homes reached the highest rate


Cool Down With LP® TechShield® This Summer

The official start of summer is right around the corner, and as things are heating up, LP® TechShield® Radiant Barrier


LP® TechShield® Brand Joins Southern Living Custom Builder Program

LP Building Products’ LP® TechShield® Radiant Barrier Sheathing brand recently joined the Southern Living Custom Builder Program as a 2014


Builder Confidence Is Still Rising

The National Association of Home Builders’ most recent NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index increased four points, up to 49. The


Slow and Steady Wins the Race for Housing Comeback

The National Association of Home Builders and First American Title’s Leading Market Index (LMI) showed no increase in U.S. market


Spending in Multifamily Sector Growing Strong

According to recent U.S. Census Bureau data, total spending in the private residential construction sector rose to a seasonally adjusted


Case Study: Bay Area Contracting Uses LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding to Build Strong Relationships and Foster Customer Satisfaction

Dean Adams, owner of Bay Area Contracting in Traverse City, Mich., along with his wife, Tricia, prides himself on running


Top Energy Efficient Products Used by Remodelers

A new report from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) breaks down the most commonly used energy efficient products


Single-Family Home Size Increased

During the first quarter of 2014, the average size of a new, single-family home increased, says a recent report from


Housing Starts and Permits Top One Million

For the first time since last year, housing starts reached over one million for May, according to a new report


Why You Should Hire a Professional Remodeler

National Home Remodeling month is still underway and well-known industry organization the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is helping


Housing Markets Still Moving Forward

As the building industry is working hard to overcome the effects of a harsh winter, housing markets are still moving


More Homes Equals More Jobs

As the weather gets warmer and home building season takes off, more single-family and multifamily homes are being built in


Baths Beat Out Kitchens For 2013’s Top Remodeling Project

In celebration of National Home Remodeling Month this May, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently released its quarterly


Housing Affects First Quarter Economic Growth

The U.S. economy is built upon the production, distribution or trade and consumption of many different goods and services and


National Remodeling Month Kicks Off Today

For many, spring is a time for new ideas and fresh starts. Which is why every year, the building industry


Housing Industry Begins Post Winter Climb

According to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing industry


Top Ten Metros with Highest Owner-Occupied Housing Rates

The National Association of Home Builders’ American Community Survey (ACS) studies eight main housing statistics every year, including the share


APA Wood Explains Benefits of Energy Trusses in New Report

Energy codes for the building industry have evolved over the years, resulting in the demand for greater efficiency in homes.


More Metro Markets Are Bouncing Back

As the housing industry continues to grow, metropolitan markets across the country are expanding as well. The National Association of


Spending in the Construction Sector Holds Steady

Over the last few months, the building industry has faced setbacks, namely due to the intense winter weather that’s swept


Building Industry Professionals Expect Business to Grow in 2014

Houzz, the leading platform for remodeling and design, recently issued a survey to building industry professionals to gauge their expectations


New Home Sales Still Solid After Rough Winter

As the harsh winter weather carried into the early months of 2014, new home sales held steady compared to previous


Construction Sector Sees Second Highest Level of Open Jobs Since 2007

As the housing industry prepares for the first big push in the building season, the number of open, unfilled construction

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