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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

Builder Confidence Levels Holding Steady

As the housing market continues to bounce back, builders’ confidence in the recovery remains steady, and has for the past

Homebuyers Want Aging-In-Place Design Features

Builder Online recently cited data from the U.S. Census Bureau that shows the number of Americans 65 and older is

Top Ten American Metros With Highest Homeownership Rates

The National Association of Home Builders recently organized a study based off the 2012 American Community Survey to show which

New Home Sales Are Back Up After Weather Induced Slowdown

This winter’s harsh weather has made an impact on both the housing market and the U.S. economy as a whole,

LP SmartSide Trim & Siding Sponsors Home Designed For Women

Alabama builder Rachel Brown Homes recently constructed a home designed specifically with women in mind, using LP SmartSide products for

New Homes are Bigger Because Buyers Have More Income

The average size of new homes in this country has seen a steady increase since early 2013 according to a

What’s New: Trends & Technology

VistaLuxe Collection by Kolbe Developed in collaboration with architects specializing in contemporary projects, this collection meets the aesthetic of clean

A Place to Call Home

Last January, the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, Nev. played host to some of the industry’s largest names and

Industry Spotlight: Gilcrest/Jewett Lumber Company

Over the years, Gilcrest/Jewett has expanded its offerings beyond lumber and is now a source for a variety of home

In This Issue

Last year is now more than a month behind us, and the housing industry continues to improve. Optimism is on

Builder News & Trends

Trade Contractors Rejoining the Market Slowly Over 1.5 million trade contractors left the housing market between 2006 and 2011 due

Building With Science

With codes continuing to trend toward tighter envelopes and homebuyers demanding greater efficiency, more and more builders are seeing the

2014 Housing Recovery Expected to Vary Across Markets

The national housing market continues to reach normal levels of activity and is expected to expand even more in 2014. However,

Historical Highs in the Remodeling Sector Holding Steady

The fourth quarter of 2013 was a good one for the remodeling market according to latest National Association of Home

Housing Industry to Play Key Role in 2014

The U.S. economy has kicked off 2014 on a high note according to a recent article from Bloomberg Personal Finance.

International Builders Show- 2014 Highlights

The 2014 International Builders Show (IBS) is right around the corner, folks. This year, IBS is co-locating with the Kitchen

Home Building Costs in 2013

The National Association of Home Builders recently released their latest construction cost survey with details on single-family home construction costs

Consumer Confidence Shows Gains in December

The National Association of Home Builders recently released data showing the December measures in consumer confidence were on the rise

Housing in 2013

Before you can look forward to the future, it’s important to first take a look back and assess the year

Case Study: Hearndon Construction Provides Curb Appeal at Affordable Price Point with LP SmartSide Trim & Siding

A single-family residential builder and developer located in Chesapeake, Va., Hearndon Construction has been in business since 1974, building over

Case Study: vanHoorebeke Timber Provides LP® SolidStart® I-Joist and LP® SolidStart® LSL for a Unique Wall Framing Solution

Most well-known for their use in flooring applications, I-joists are gaining traction in the EU as a viable member in

Home Building Hits the One Million Mark

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development recently released their November housing starts and permits

America’s Top Ten Most Recovered Housing Markets

As the housing market continues its recovery, the rate at which that recovery is reaching the local level varies geographically.

Motivations to Move

Between 2012 and 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau found that approximately 35.9 million people moved in this country. The National

New Home Sales Are Up Post-Government Shutdown

Rising mortgage interest rates as well as uncertainty about the government led to a decrease in new home sales in

Trade Contractors Rejoining the Market Slowly

Over 1.5 million trade contractors left the housing market between 2006 and 2011 due to lack of work. Recent market

Energy-Efficient Housing Upgrades Can Increase Value For Homeowners

There are lots of ways homeowners can increase the resale value of their home. Often times, this includes improvements like

Builders Are Still Confident Despite Economic Setbacks

A spike in mortgage rates earlier this year and a partial government shutdown in October took its toll on the

LP University Helps Building Professionals Continue Their Education

For those in the building industry, continuing education is a must to stay relevant in the marketplace. As 2013 draws

Metrostudy Index Shows Strongest Remodeling Projection In Six Years

Metrostudy, a Hanley Wood company, recently released the results of their latest Residential Remodeling Index (RRI) and, not surprisingly, remodeling

Homebuilders To Keep Going Strong Through The Next Year

Home buying may have seen a market slowdown recently, but homebuilders will continue to see growth through the next year,

Builder Confidence Continues to Increase for the 55+ Housing Market

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently released their third quarter 2013 55+ Housing Market Index. The reading showed

Builders Use of Sales Incentives Has Dropped Off

It is common practice for builders across the country to provide incentives to buyers in order to increase their sales

Case Study: LP® FlameBlock® Helps Chicago Architecture Firm Meet Code Requirements In Multi-Family Units

One of Chicago’s leading residential and commercial design firms, FitzGerald Associates Architects is committed to creating architecture that works and

Growth In Home Prices Reaches Highest Level in Seven Years

Home prices all across the country are continuing to rise according to data from financial services company Standard & Poor’s

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