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Builders need skilled labor, but should their workplace policy drop zero tolerance for cannabis and risk taking on more liability?

Home on Cape Cod built by Cataldo Custom Builders, East Falmouth, Mass.

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Conservation board hearings can eat up a lot of your clients' time and money, unless you help them prepare.


The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation that proponents contend would prevent federal overreach by the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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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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Morgan Stanley says REO rental program could create nearly 2 million jobs


New research from Morgan Stanley suggests the federal government’s program to turn foreclosed properties into rental opportunities could have a significant positive impact on job creation.

President Obama, State of the Union, housing, refinancing, banks, investigation

Obama targets refinancing, bank procedure in State of the Union address


In his first State of the Union address of 2012, President Obama briefly discussed a pair of proposals to help the housing industry this year.


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

federal housing administration, FHA, housing market

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. 


The latest updates this summer to the Lead Paint Repair and Renovation Program rules that apply to pre-1978 homes were, all-in-all, a positive for remodelers

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Obama’s job-creation bill includes $15 for rehabilitation of vacant, foreclosed homes


President Barack Obama’s prime-time address on jobs didn’t focus much on housing, but it would create a $15 billion fund to get construction workers to rehab vacant and foreclosed homes and businesses.


FALL 2021

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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