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Stretching the Budget to Meet the Massachusetts Stretch Code

We take a look at Massachusetts' Stretch Code and how it's affecting design and construction on The House That Blues Built




Government

Coastal Conundrum

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

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Government

U.S. House sends shot across bow of EPA on water rule

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.

Government

Lead paint lessons from The Brady Bunch

The Brady Bunch is a font of life lessons from the importance of compromise to why you should never lie to your parents to ... uh ... never walk out…

Leadership

Does your social media policy violate labor laws?

For the last couple of years I've been speaking to groups of remodelers about crafting a social media strategy for their firms and one of the things…

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Government

IBS Pre-Show Thoughts and Observations

Having arrived in Orlando for the International Builders Show and NAHB Winter Boards, a few quick updates and observations: Still no word on NAHB's…

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

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. 

Economics

Avoiding the hard housing questions

One of the most depressing/astounding/frustrating things about the current race for president has been the complete lack of attention to housing.…

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