Builders Applaud Bill to Restore Flow of Credit

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In a major step forward to spur job and economic growth and keep the housing recovery on track, Reps. Gary Miller (R-Calif.) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) introduced bipartisan legislation that would help provide home builders access to credit for viable home building projects.

“We commend Reps. Miller and McCarthy for acting to remove a major impediment to the housing recovery by promoting legislation that will enable home builders to obtain construction loans in order to put construction crews back to ...

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Home Building Job Growth Ahead

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Housing construction activity has increased significantly over the last year across the three primary sectors of home building: single-family, multifamily and remodeling. That growth in turn means good news for those businesses that support residential construction, including building suppliers and other associated enterprises. While the NAHB forecast for this year calls for additional growth, there are likely to be monthly ups and downs along the way.

For example, Census construction spending data reported flat in ...

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Evidence of Growing Labor Shortages in Home Building

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Growing shortages of many types of labor are already starting to have an adverse effect on home building in some parts of the country, according to a recent NAHB survey.

The survey consisted of special questions periodically included on the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) survey, asking single-family builders about shortages of labor in 12 categories: carpenters-rough, carpenters-finished, electricians, excavators, framing crews, roofers, plumbers, bricklayers/masons, painters, weatherization workers, HVAC and building maintenance managers.  After an absence of several years, ...

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Peyton Williams retires from BBWG

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After 14 years with BBWG, serving the Coastal Carolinas, Peyton Williams retired at the end of March.

Since joining BBWG in 1999, Peyton has served his builders with integrity and sincerity. Anyone who’s had the privilege to work with Peyton knows he’s a straight-shooter with a wonderful sense of humor. His experiences in law enforcement, real estate and home building, from the Carolinas to Colorado, made him a valuable advisor to his builders and colleagues alike.
Peyton’s career in the building ...

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BBWG Mourns Ann Hagen

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Ann Hagen, BBWG Sales and Marketing Director serving builders in Central Florida, died March 30 after battling a long illness. She was 55.

If you had the pleasure to know and work with Ann, you know she was devoted to her work and her family. She lived in Lake Mary, Fla.

Ann worked tirelessly for BBWG, and volunteered thousands of hours to local HBAs, the Florida Home Builders Association and local charities.

Ann possessed a unique ability to make each person in her ...

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Home Design Trends for 2013

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The top home decor trends for 2013 are already emerging, and homeowners seeking a fresh look will find a lot to love. Not only can these looks be accomplished at minimal cost, they can also be coordinated in advance with builders, giving the homeowner a sense of participation in the process.

Here is a quick look at the emerging trends for 2013…

In the kitchen

Kitchens need to be functional, but in this hub of the home style is just as important.

Upholding practicality ...

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How Big a Home Do Buyers Want?

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In the world of home buyer preferences, there is one question that pops up more often than any other:  how much space are home buyers looking for?  NAHB’s study “What Home Buyers Really Want” answers this important question, based on responses from more than 3,600 home buyers, sampled to represent all home buyers in the country.

Among all home buyers combined as one group, the median home size desired is 2,226 square feet.  However, a closer look at the data broken ...

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Get Business on the Web

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Results from surveys on the use of information technology by builders and remodelers were discussed in a recent blog. The same surveys also gathered some information about company web sites. Results show that more than 85 percent of both single-family builders and remodelers have web sites, and nearly all the sites contain company history, contact information and pictures of jobs.

In addition, web sites of large builders (those with at least 25 starts) also usually provide downloadable brochures and virtual ...

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Are You Getting the Most from Your HERS Rated Homes?

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Bonded Builders Warranty Group (BBWG) has introduced a Residential Energy Guarantee Program (REG) for new home builders. This exciting new product meets the needs of energy conscious new home builders and owners. It eliminates the fine print that accompanies the builder’s promotion of lower homeowner utility bills.

With REG, homeowners are guaranteed reimbursement for energy costs when usage exceeds a set percentage of the annual estimate indicated by HERS. Independent market research indicates that an energy use guarantee would ...

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Are You Getting the Most from Your HERS Rated Homes?

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Bonded Builders Warranty Group (BBWG) has introduced a Residential Energy Guarantee Program (REG) for new home builders. This exciting new product meets the needs of energy conscious new home builders and owners. It eliminates the fine print that accompanies the builder’s promotion of lower homeowner utility bills.

With REG, homeowners are guaranteed reimbursement for energy costs when usage exceeds a set percentage of the annual estimate indicated by HERS. Independent market research indicates that an energy use guarantee would ...

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