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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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New-home sales slip in June

Sales of new homes fell 1 percent in June, slipping for the second month in a row.

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Housing starts at five-month high in June

June housing starts in the U.S. jumped more than forecast as better weather allowed the struggling industry to break ground on delayed projects.


Study: Tax credits had little effect on housing markets

A new paper found that the average listing of home prices rose about $8,000 the month after the first major tax credits for the same amount went into effect, and they fell by slightly less than $9,000 two months after they expired.

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Home ownership still goal for majority of Americans: N.Y. Times Poll

Almost 90 percent of Americans think owning a home is still an important part of the American dream, despite the current housing market.That's…


How the housing market can save the U.S. economy

Just as the U.S. housing market was the main culprit of the economic downturn, it is key to the recovery, writes Money Morning contributing editor Shah Gilani. Gilani presents a compelling plan to fix the housing market.


Moving rate lowest since WWII

Americans moved across states lines in 2010 at the lowest rate since World War II, according to Housing Predictor.


New year opens with more mortgage applications

Home buying activity is on the rise to open the new year. The Mortgage Bankers Association reported that the number of applications for home mortgages crept up 2.2 percent last week. However, when the index isn’t adjusted for the New Year’s holiday, the numbers are 47.5 percent higher compared to the previous week.

Cabinets, Countertops & Hardware

7 trends in kitchen design

The recession has had a major impact on kitchen design. Gone are the ornate and formal styles with travertine marble flooring and intricate decorative trim. Clients today are moving toward cleaner-looking cabinet faces and richer, more rural themes. These are among the latest trends in kitchen design.


Survey Defines Custom-Built Home Demographics

New research by Custom Builder magazine provides insights into client profiles, home specifications, and top business challenges. Among the findings: homes are getting smaller, purse strings are tightening, and move-up buyers rule the market. Check out our full report.


Snapshot of the custom-home market

Last month, the U.S. Census Bureau released the first batch of the freshly collected 2010 census data of the nation. The big news so far: The official resident population count increased 9.7 percent over the 2000 census to 308.74 million people (the slowest growth rate since the Great Depression), with most growth occurring in the South and West regions, led by Texas.

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