Builders Call on Congress to Address Housing Lending Crisis

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With the housing production credit crisis taking a severe toll on the nation’s small home building firms and threatening future job growth and the fragile economic recovery, the NAHB has called on Congress to take tangible steps to improve access to credit for small builders.

“With the spigot for housing production loans cut off and the threat that the uncertainty from new rule-making under the Dodd-Frank financial services law will further impact the ability of small community lenders to service the ...

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Bankers Insurance Group

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For homeowners, business owners, individuals and families, Bankers Insurance Group is a reliable and responsive partner protecting property and peace of mind. We are a unique resource, designed to help our customers become better at insuring — and ultimately protecting — themselves.

The best thing to do in order to ensure you have purchased the right insurance is to first determine your risks. Bankers Insurance Group has developed a special section on its website, Insurance 101, which ...

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Census New Home Sales Estimates Much Lower Than Reality

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Housing analyst Ivy Zelman, much renowned during her time at Credit Suisse for calling the crash of the subprime mortgage and charting adjustable rate mortgage resets, tells CNBC that the widely reported Census Department’s data on sales of new construction is way off.

In January, Zelman’s survey suggested that gross new home orders increased 11 percent on a seasonally-adjusted basis, yet the Census data reported a 13 percent decline. While Zelman was estimating a new home sale pace of 395,000, the ...

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Linda Strickel SMD Profile

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Linda Strickel has been with the Bonded Builders family of sales and marketing directors since April of 2002, covering Texas from Temple to Laredo. A seasoned sales professional, Linda is best known for her exceptional customer service skills and ability to solve problems, as well as for her extensive experience in the home building industry. In fact, Linda has worked in fields related to the homebuilding industry for more than 30 years, making her invaluable to both Bonded Builders and ...

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Bonded Builders Insurance Services Announces Expansion of Protection Plus Insurance Program

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Bonded Builders Insurance Services is expanding its lead Contractor General Liability program, Protection Plus.

Protection Plus is a CGL program for the residential home builder that includes proactive risk management to support a home builder’s goal to protect their business.

The program highlights include A-rated insurance as well as direction on proper contracting with homeowners and sub-contractors. This approach supports the goal to reduce the potential risk related to construction defect litigation.

The Bonded Builders Insurance Services – Protection Plus Program is ...

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Payne Offers Options to Match the Needs of Today’s Changing Families

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Offering the right home in the right location for the customer is the key to success for Payne Family Homes.

Payne Family Homes is a “segmented lifestyle builder,” which means the company offers products for customers ranging from first-time buyers in multi-family units to young growing families and retirees.

“No matter what state in somebody’s life — they may be looking for a brand-new home — we try to have something to deliver them,” says Edward Lott, Sales and Marketing Manager for ...

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Greensboro, N.C., Builders Association Helps Build Six Homes in Four Days for Habitat for Humanity

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More than 20 builders, subcontractors and suppliers came together in Greensboro, N.C., this past fall, along with hundreds of volunteers to build six homes and remodel a seventh for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro.

The biannual “Raising Roofs: Builders for Habitat” event was a dawn-until-dusk race representing the continuation of a project started in 2003.

Including 2010’s building effort in The Village of Northside, 43 homes have been built or renovated in a partnership between Habitat and Greensboro Builders Association members.

This ...

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FDIC Hotline Lets Builders Voice Concerns on Credit Availability

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To help small businesses address their difficulties in obtaining credit, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has announced the creation of a new hotline and website that enable small business owners — including builders — to register specific issues or problems they may be having with credit availability.

This is an excellent opportunity to weigh in directly with the FDIC to discuss any business constraints due to the scarcity of credit for housing.

Builders can call (866) 924-6242, which connect to the FDIC’s ...

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