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NAHB's chief economist on what lies ahead for the custom home market?


The need to more construction workers to satisfy new housing demand over the next five years could siphon employees and capital from other sectors of the economy.

14 ways to maximize profits

14 ways to maximize profits


To be more profitable, custom builders must focus on efficiency and cost savings, while looking for opportunities to publicize their work and expertise.

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Pending home sales hit highest point since 2010


The National Association of Realtors reported that pending home sales reached their highest point in nearly two years in January, according to a story on HousingWire.

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FHFA begins first transactions of REO rental program


The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has begun the first pilot transaction of its program to turn foreclosed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac homes into rental properties, according to HousingWire.

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McIlwain: 3 steps to help the housing market


With the housing market in a lethargic recovery, John K. McIlwain of the Urban Land Institute offers three ways to help revive the market.

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Cleveland mortgage settlement money going toward demolition of vacant houses


A large portion of a multibillion-dollar settlement between the state of Ohio and several large mortgage lenders will go toward demolition of foreclosed, dilapidated houses in the Cleveland area instead of struggling families as intended.

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Rising student debt hampers housing growth


A new report from Bloomberg indicates that first-time homebuyers are having difficulty securing loans thanks to student loan debt totals nearing $1 trillion.


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

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New homes suffering from too-low appraisals


The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported on their blog that flawed appraisals might be preventing home sales.


BuildFax data also identifies top project types

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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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Census: more “doubled-up” households impacting economy


More people are living with family members amid high unemployment rates and a slow economy, but while the phenomenon is keeping the poverty rate lower, it has wider negative economic consequences.


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This Month in Custom Builder


The French luxury switches brand Meljac has developed a new solid brass collection in collaboration with Australian designer Marc Newson.


The HS300 whole-house HEPA filtration unit is designed to be installed directly onto the return air plenum of forced air heating/cooling systems.

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