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Custom Home Building Gets Good News

New data from NAHB shows that while much of the market is in contraction, custom home building continues to gain strength 




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Economics

House votes down payroll tax extension; no additional Fannie & Freddie fees for now

U.S. House votes not to extend payroll tax cut for two months; want full year instead

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Pending home sales jump 10.3 percent in October

Surprising surge puts sales ahead of 2010 pace

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Toll announces new COO/president

Toll Brothers announced last week that Zvi Barzilay, 65, its chief operating officer and president, will be retiring effective December 31, 2011. He will be succeeded by Richard T. Hartman.

Windows & Doors

BuildFax index shows record September for remodeling

BuildFax data also identifies top project types

Economics

Audit: Federal Housing Administration might need a bailout

There is almost a 50 percent chance that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will need a taxpayer bailout, according to a government audit released today. 

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New white paper argues for appraisal system overhaul

The nation’s home appraisal system needs a serious overhaul, according to a white paper prepared by appraiser Joan Trice and members of the Collateral Risk Network.

Technology

NAHB updates its home value estimator

Economist Paul Emrath of National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has updated a model he developed that estimates the value various features add to a home.

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Home inventories hit four-year low

The number of homes listed for sale in September fell to the lowest level in more than four years, offering a mixed signal about the health of the U.S. housing market.

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Home ownership continues to drop among young people

The Wall Street Journal’s blog reported that were it not for the aging population, the drop in the nation’s home-ownership rate would have been even steeper during the last decade since rates continued to erode among young people.

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Best mid-sized cities for jobs

Forbes’ 2011 list of best mid-sized cities for jobs showed a much brighter outlook than 2010.

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