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Government


Cannabis Workplace Policy and the Weed Minefield

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


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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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…

Financial

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.

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.…

Leadership

Latest lead paint changes represent wins for remodelers

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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