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BUILDER | October 15, 2019

Student debt could buy every U.S. house on the market 1.9 times over, says


BIA Member, NRI, begins work on new Grandview Yard buildings

When the two apartment buildings are completed, Grandview Yard will have almost 1,500 residences and more than 5,000 office workers.


D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser wants more low-cost housing in affluent city neighborhoods

The Washington Post |By Robert McCartney Oct. 15, 2019 at 10:54 a.m. EDT

In a report released Tuesday, the administration of Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) proposes to significantly increase the amount of affordable housing in wealthy parts of the city.


Shortage of homebuilders leads to new construction school


The National Association of Homebuilders estimates the skills trade industry is short 400,000 workers nationwide. A school in the works could help build a much-needed workforce.


Bidding wars are taking a strange turn in the fall housing market

PUBLISHED TUE, OCT 8 20199:58 AM EDTUPDATED TUE, OCT 8 20191:18 PM EDT Diana Olick

In September, 11% of offers written by Redfin, a national real estate brokerage, faced a bidding war.


Recession coming? Don't blame housing

NBC Oct. 8, 2019, 3:46 PM EDT By Martha C. White

Housing triggered the last recession. This time it's doing well, but not well enough to stop the next downturn.


Boston's Public Housing Goes Private: Why The City Is Teaming Up With Developers

wbur|October 08, 2019 Miranda Suarez

The Orient Heights project is part of a years-long trend in Boston, and across the country, in which public housing authorities partner with outside developers.


Pataskala places 6-month moratorium on new residential development plans

Craig McDonald, Newark AdvocatePublished 9:36 a.m. ET Oct. 8, 2019

The BIA's take: It is unfortunate the builders and developers community was not made aware of proposal prior to this weeks council meeting.


Support Grows for the YIMBY Act

October 8, 2019 | Up for Growth

13 organizations now support important pro-housing legislation


Will the Supreme Court Strike Down Inclusionary Zoning?


A Marin County lawsuit has conservatives and housing advocates preparing to face off over the constitutionality of a powerful affordable housing tool.


Letter: Building trades program trains future professionals

The BIA recently wrote in to the Dispatch regarding Building Futures program highlighted in the Monday Dispatch article “Constructing careers.”


HERS or HES? A Breakdown of Different Energy Rating Scales

NAHB NOW Filed in Sustainability & Green Building on October 2, 2019

Why do these scores matter, and how do they fit into the broader market?


Four Ways Associations Can Boost Their Industry's Future Workforce

ASAE Newsletter|OCT. 3, 2019

With many industries facing a shortage of workers and a skills gap, associations can play a critical role in addressing workforce development.


October is Careers in Construction Month

NAHB Construction Industry on September 30, 2019 •

The NAHB Careers in the Construction Trades page highlights the opportunities in six popular trades that are tailor-made to share with teachers, career counselors, students and their parents.


Housing woes push into 2020 White House campaign

By ASSOCIATED PRESS | PUBLISHED: September 30, 2019 at 10:14 am | UPDATED: September 30, 2019 at 10:17 am

White House contenders are cranking out housing plans, meeting with advocates and pledging to help bring down prices.


State Awards $4M to Address Worker Housing Shortage

Inside Indiana Business:Sep 27, 2019 11:30 AM EDT Updated: Sep 27, 2019 11:31 AM EDT By Wes Mills, Content Manager

Four Indiana companies have been awarded $1 million each to address a housing shortage for workers.


Behind the Curve

BIA Executive Director, Jon Melchi, along with other BIA members, weigh in on lag of construction of new homes and apartments behind need in central Ohio


Training partnership links low-income residents with jobs in the building trades

Building Futures is a 12-week pre-apprenticeship program by Franklin County, the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council and the Columbus Urban League.


New Home Sales Post Solid Gains in August

On a year-to-date basis, new home sales for 2019 are 6.4 percent higher than the same period in 2018.


Grandview Crossing Gets Approval

By ALAN FROMAN THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Sep 23, 2019 at 6:05 PM Updated Sep 23, 2019 at 7:13 PM

Grandview Heights’ share of divided Grandview Crossing project advances


Grove City's Beulah Park to Get New School

By ALAN FROMAN THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Sep 23, 2019 at 6:05 PM Updated Sep 23, 2019 at 7:31 PM

Beulah Park property deal dubbed ‘win-win’ for Grove City, South-Western City Schools


Former Freddie Mac CEO says time is running out for housing finance reform

September 27, 2019 By Kathleen Howley

FHFA might not have the resources need to complete the steps, Layton said


YIMBY Proposal in Congress

SEPTEMBER 18, 2019

Reps. Heck and Hollingsworth Introduce YIMBY Act in House


Congressional Proposal Ties Funding to Zoning

reason| CHRISTIAN BRITSCHGI | 9.16.2019 11:30 AM

New Bill Would Tie Federal Transit Funding to Local Zoning Reforms


Homebuilder Sentiment High, with Concerns for Future

CNBC PUBLISHED TUE, SEP 17 2019 10:00 AM EDTUPDATED TUE, SEP 17 2019 10:54 AM EDT Diana Olick

Homebuilder sentiment surges to highest level of the year, but there are warning signs


Columbus is a Market to Watch

By Tristan Navera – Columbus Business First Sep 19, 2019, 2:41pm EDT

Columbus is a Midwestern bright spot and a 'market to watch,' investors say


Should People Profit From Housing? Bernie Sanders Says Yes, and No

The New York Times By Emily Badger Sept. 19, 2019, 3:30 a.m. ET

A plan for national rent control and for reining in speculators, but also for building wealth through homeownership.


Builder Confidence Hits Yearly High in September


Sentiment levels have held in the mid- to upper 60s since May and September's reading matches the highest level since last October.


This Columbus cultural district was just honored alongside projects in Singapore, China and Russia

By Hayleigh Colombo, Columbus Business First Sep 19, 2019, 1:05pm EDT Updated Sep 19, 2019, 1:27pm EDT

The district was selected as a winner of the institute’s 2019 Global Awards for Excellence


Home-Builder Stocks Jump as Mortgage Rates Slide

By Jessica Menton Updated Sept. 17, 2019 4:24 pm ET

Lower borrowing costs help rejuvenate home-builder sentiment in September


Housing Starts Post Healthy Gains in August


This is the highest level since May 2007


Experts: New housing construction shortage expected to last until 2022

HousingWire September 10, 2019 Julia Falcon

New home starts have yet to hit historical highs


Still building: Housing shortage will be with us for years to come

The Dallas Morning News By Steve Brown 7:15 AM on Sep 13, 2019

The U.S. is short more than 2 million homes as building activity still lags.


Grove City to Host 2020 Parade of Homes

By ALAN FROMAN THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Sep 16, 2019 at 12:01 AM Updated Sep 16, 2019 at 6:37 PM

2020 BIA Parade of Homes will be at Grove City’s Beulah Park


Grove City Apartment Proposal Approved by Planning

By ALAN FROMAN THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Sep 16, 2019 at 5:05 PM

BIA Member, Treplus Communities, gets Grove City Planning Commission’s OK for Sugar Maple Commons


Here's how Columbus rents compare to Cincinnati, Cleveland and other Ohio cities

By Tristan Navera – Columbus Business First Sep 17, 2019, 7:01am EDT Updated 3 hours ago

Several collar county towns remain affordable


New Legislation Would Make Housing a Higher Priority in Federally Funded Transit Projects

Up For Growth September 12, 2019

The Build More Housing Near Transit Act is another indication that Congress is getting serious about the housing crisis


Statement from NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde on Repeal of Obama-Era WOTUS Rule

“By repealing the 2015 rule, the EPA and Corps have finally provided consistency among all 50 states, which will make the federal permitting process more predictable and affordable.”


Upper Arlington Senior Options Expanding

By NATE ELLIS THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Sep 3, 2019 at 7:05 PM Updated Sep 4, 2019 at 2:20 PM

First Community Village expansion begins in Upper Arlington


Grove City Holds Up Mixed Use Plan

By ALAN FROMAN THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Sep 9, 2019 at 5:35 PM Updated Sep 9, 2019 at 6:59 PM

Bluegrass Park plan doesn’t cut it with Grove City Council


Older Houses are Hot Lots for New Development

Columbus Monthly | By TC Brown Posted Sep 5, 2019 at 4:52 PM

BIA Builder Member, Compass Homes, discusses a trend of building new in existing neighborhoods


5 major changes the Trump administration wants to make to housing finance

MarketWatch Published: Sept 9, 2019 12:33 p.m. ET

Creating competitors to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and loosening mortgage regulations are among the proposed reform


Business Trump’s housing plan could leave buyers fewer options, experts say

The Washington Post | By Renae Merle

Here’s what you need to know about the administration’s sweeping plan to overhaul the housing market.


High Rent Cities Not Building Enough Apartments


Some High-Rent California Cities Aren't Building Enough Apartments, And Zoning Is Part Of The Problem


Climate change, hurricanes make the affordable housing crisis even worse

Teresa Wiltz Stateline \ USA Today

Hurricane season is underway – and storms that make landfall might further exacerbate the nation’s shortage of affordable housing, housing experts say.


HOT or NOT September: What's trending in housing right now

September 3, 2019 Kelsey Ramírez Housing Wire

Refinances heating up, Zillow mortgage hits the brakes


Columbus 2020 changes name, sets goals for second decade

Carrie Ghose – Staff reporter, Columbus Business First

New goals in mind with a focus on affordable housing as Columbus 2020 rebrands to One Columbus.


New NYC housing lottery rules remove a barrier to entry for immigrants and other renters

By Valeria Ricciulli Aug 21, 2019, 2:50pm EDT| Curbed New York

Applicants will now have the option to provide rent payment history instead of a credit check


Wells Fargo Announces $1 Billion affordable housing commitment

By Stacy M. Brown | NNPA Newswire| The Atlanta Voice

The lack of affordable housing has caught the attention of Wells Fargo and the banking giant isn’t taking it lightly and has unveiled an ambitious plan to tackle the problem.


U.S. New-Home Sales Miss Estimates After Big Upward Revision

By Reade Pickert August 23, 2019, Bloomberg

Sales of new U.S. homes fell in July, missing estimates, after an upward revision to the prior month brought those sales to the highest level since 2007, a sign that lower borrowing costs may be helping stabilize purchases.


Single-Family Starts Continue Modest Improvement in July

NABH: Liz Thompson AUG 16

Due to a decline in multifamily production, total housing starts fell 4 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.19 million units from a downwardly revised reading in June, according to a report from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and Commerce Department


Teens Need to Know They Can Make Money in Trade Careers

Family-Circle|By Katie Bingham-Smith

High-paying jobs are available for students who choose trade school or vocational or technical education instead of bachelor’s degree programs.


Dublin Bridge Park Getting Condo's

A $22 million investment to build 43 condominium units in Crawford Hoying’s Bridge Park development is expected to be ready for occupancy by summer or fall 2020.


U.S. Will Back More Condominium Loans Aimed at First-Time Buyers

Wall Street Journal| By Laura Kusisto Aug. 14, 2019 5:30 am ET

Move expands FHA-backed low-down-payment loans in loosening of crisis-era rules


More Than 50 Ideas, Policies, Proposals, Suggestions And Radical Notions To Fight The Affordable Housing Crisis

August 11, 2019 Dees Stribling, Bisnow National

The Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that 12 million households (renting and owning) pay more than 50% of their take-home income on housing each year.


In Boise and Grand Rapids, the Housing Market Looks Red Hot

By Laura Kusisto and Likhitha Butchierddygari August 11, 2019 | Wall Street Journal

Many Midwestern markets have heated up so quickly they are now experiencing shortages of inventory and rising prices


Indianapolis developer looking to break into the Columbus market

By Tom Demeropolis – Senior Staff Reporter, Cincinnati Business Courier Aug 10, 2019, 10:37am EDT

Jake Dietrich has been promoted to vice president of development at Milhaus.


Forclosed and Fleeced

By John furry and Jim Weiker Columbus Dispatch Aug. 11

Vulnerable homeowners forfeit thousands in scheme involving lost properties


One reason housing is so expensive in California? Cities, counties charge developers high fees


In California, local government fees on housing construction, which can be used on parks, traffic control, water and sewer connections and other services, were nearly three times the national average


2019 Best of Ohio Homes Awards

presented by the Ohio Home Builders Association

The Ohio Home Builders Association (OHBA) proudly presents the Best of Ohio Homes Awards program. The awards program is open to all local members.


Americans want more affordable housing, just not in their neighborhoods

August 5, 2019 Alcynna Lloyd

Redfin survey shows more than half support zoning policies that limit high-density housing


Jefferson Township Trustees Consider Subdivision

By MARLA K. KUHLMAN THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Aug 1, 2019 at 2:17 PM Updated Aug 1, 2019 at 2:30 PM

Jefferson Township trustees wrestle with development proposal


Low Mortgage Rates, Rising Incomes Nudge Housing Affordability In The Right Direction

Forbes Aly J. Yale Senior Contributor

Low mortgage rates and rising incomes are increasing housing affordability across the country.


The New Conservative Housing Push

By SALIM FURTH July 29, 2019 2:57 PM

This year, President Donald Trump, Senator Todd Young (R., Ind.), and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary Ben Carson have all gone further, taking national leadership roles in calling for less regulation of housing markets.


Financial Crisis Yields a Generation of Renters

By Christina Rexrode July 27, 2019 | The Wall Street Journal

Many young adults are priced out of the housing market. That could reshape their finances—and the economy—for years to come.


Democrats hear the 'Yes in My backyard' Message

Jenny Schuetz Brookings Institution fellow JUL 30, 2019 The Atlantic

Eye-popping housing costs have convinced some presidential candidates that looser zoning should be a national cause.


How ‘Developer’ Became Such a Dirty Word

By Emily Badger July 29, 2019| The New York Times

It’s a demonized group, yet there are few solutions for the housing shortage that don’t at least partly involve more development.


America’s Housing Affordability Crisis Spreads to the Heartland

By Prashat Gopal, Reade Pickert, & Noah Buhayar July 30, 2019 | Bloomberg


Powell Mixed Use Project Moving Forward

Planned development at Home and Steitz roads entering homestretch


Delaware City Planning Moves Offices

New bridge opens doors for Delaware’s planning department, residents


Dublin School District Boundaries Changing

Redistricting boundaries : Often controversial practice necessary in growing district


Columbus Apartments Proceeding

Redevelopment to begin on units at Columbus’ Grant and Oak


Grove City Apartments Join Savings App

Grove City apartments join cash-savings rental app


Upper Arlington Mixed Use Proposal Moves Forward at Five Stories

Golden Bear Shopping Center redraft gets Upper Arlington board’s approval


Northland Getting Senior Development

More senior housing planned for Northland


Pickerington Schools Planning for Growth

Enrollment growth driving Pickerington Schools’ summer projects


Delaware City Wrestles with Collector Street Challenge

Delaware submits restriping as possible remedy for Hull Drive residents’ complaints


Why building walkable cities is the key to economic success

Curbed: New report Foot Traffic Ahead finds walkable urbanism isn’t just sustainable and enjoyable, but more profitable.


Hilliard Testing New Road Resurfacing Method

Eye on the Environment: Hilliard will test sustainable street-repaving method


Multi-family housing plan finally gets approval in Clintonville

Permits indicate revival of long-delayed apartment complex near Clintonville's Graceland Shopping Center


NW Columbus Apartments Moving Forward

Proposal for Reed Road apartments development expected to push ahead


New Albany Annexation for New Data Center

New Albany Co. looking to add data center to newly annexed land


Trump Administration to Take on Local Housing Barriers

WSJ: The Trump administration will explore using federal programs to push local governments to soften or eliminate rules that block housing construction, an issue that has stymied officials at all levels of government for years.


Statement from NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde on President Trump's Housing Affordability Executive Order

NAHB applauds President Trump for making housing a top national priority


Soggy June a challenge for many businesses

BIA Board Member, Jim Lipnos and BIA Past President, Bob Gardner voice their reaction to the recent central Ohio weather.


Delaware Subdivision Going Forward



Housing Starts Relatively Flat Off of Strength in Multifamily Sector

Total housing starts declined 0.9 percent in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.27 million units from an upwardly revised reading in April, according to a report from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and Commerce Department.


BIA Member, M/I Homes opened up nearly 80 homes in Grandview Yard this past weekend

M/I Homes opens new Grandview Yard development


Builder Confidence Solid in June Amidst Growing Economic Uncertainty

Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes fell two points to 64 in June, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released today.


BIA Citizen of the Year Clyde

The public-service legacy of Clyde “Butch” Seidle was memorialized in the renaming of the former Hilliard East Municipal Pool on June 7. A renaming ceremony was held at the Clyde “Butch” Seidle Community Pool, 4450 Schirtzinger Road.


Columbus Business first: Economic Development Issue: Construction firms look far and wide to find employees

Columbus MSA has 0.69 times as many construction and extraction jobs as would be expected compared to national averages.


NAHB Unveils Resources for Home Builders to Address Opioid Crisis

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) rolled new resources, "Opioids in the Home Building Industry: Making it Your Business," to help residential construction companies address the opioid crisis facing the home building industry.


BIA members receive tax credits to help further affordable housing

Dispatch: Tax credits awarded 7 to affordable housing projects in Franklin County


Builders Call on Congress to Address Housing Affordability Challenges

As the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) celebrates National Homeownership Month in June, builders are urging Congress to address America's housing affordability challenges.


Commercial growth coming to Delaware County

Delaware County officials plan 2,000-acre business park


Disaster Preparedness Must Focus on Upgrading Older Homes and Infrastructure

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) today called on Congress to focus on improving the older homes, structures and infrastructure that are less resilient to natural disasters because they were built when there were no national model codes in existence or constructed following codes that are now outdated.


New Home Sales Post Solid Rate of 673,000 in April

Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 6.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 673,000 units in April after a sharp upwardly revised March report, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.


Columbus housing market heats up, especially for less expensive homes

Less expensive homes are averaging 43 days on the market.


Confidence in Apartment and Condo Housing Sectors Weakens in First Quarter of 2019

Confidence in the market for new multifamily housing weakened in the first quarter of 2019, according to results from the Multifamily Market Survey (MMS) released today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).



In an age of student debt, many young professionals are turning away from college. That’s where association credentialing and certificate programs come in.


Statement from NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde on Trade Developments with Mexico and Canada

Greg Ugalde, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Torrington, Conn., issued a statement after the White House announced the U.S. would remove tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and Mexico.


Single-Family and Multifamily Starts Post Solid Gains in April

Total housing starts rose 5.7 percent in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.24 million units from an upwardly revised reading in March, according to a report from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and Commerce Department.


Trade war could shake consumer confidence

Trump’s trade war with China doesn’t bode well for an already shaky U.S. housing market


Housing Affordability Holds Steady on a Year-Over-Year Basis

Lower home prices, declining mortgage rates and solid income gains contributed to a rise in housing affordability in the first quarter of 2019, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) released today. 


First-Time Home Buyers Battle Rising Prices, Seek Better Homes

As the housing industry celebrates New Homes Month in April, recent data from the American Housing Survey (AHS) confirms nearly two-thirds of first-time home buyers say a better home is the top reason for moving, followed by household formation, 61 percent and a better neighborhood, 49 percent.


Ask the Builder: Vocation in trades can be labor of love

Columbus Dispatch: "I absolutely recommend that young people start a career in the Trades."


New Ohio House school-funding plan calls for sizable increases

Ohio schools would get a 10.5 percent funding increase over two years under a new formula devised by a bipartisan pair of House lawmakers and their informal committee of superintendents and treasurers.


BIA Commends School Funding Proposal

The Building Industry of Central Ohio (BIA) today commended a bipartisan policy proposal from two Ohio House members and a working group of school superintendents which would seek to remedy Ohio’s system of school funding, which currently sees less than 20 percent of schools funded at appropriate levels.


Westerville Could See Growth

Three new developments pitched in Westerville


New Home Sales Show Solid Growth in February

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 667,00 units in February after an upwardly revised January report, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. This is the highest sales pace since March 2018.


Statement from NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde on NAFTA Panel Ruling

Greg Ugalde, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Torrington, Conn., issued a statement after the NAFTA Binational Panel agreed to allow NAHB to file an amicus brief regarding the U.S.-Canada softwood lumber trade dispute.


Houses in Franklin County affordable for typical worker

Typical workers in Delaware, Licking, and Fairfield counties are priced out of the market. Lack of housing and housing regulations have a big part to play in this issue.


Freddie Mac Expects Housing Rise

HousingWire: Rising sales demand and more inventory will spark action


February Housing Starts Down After Single-Family Surge in January

Total housing starts fell 8.7 percent in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.16 million units from an upwardly revised reading in January, according to a report from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and Commerce Department that was delayed due to the partial government shutdown.


Crapo's Housing Finance Reform Plan Moves the Debate Forward

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) today commended Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo for developing his housing finance reform proposal and believes it will serve as an important marker to move the debate forward in Congress.


Falling U.S. mortgage rates expected to help home sales

Business First: U.S. mortgage rates fell again this week, according to Freddie Mac.


Canal Winchester housing project shot down on council objections

Jon Melchi, executive director of BIA of Central Ohio, weighs in on how "Canal Winchester has effectively affected a housing moratorium."


Stable housing a key factor in improving health in Ohio’s counties

Delaware County ranks first in Ohio while Adams County, located in the state’s southern tip, ranks last in health outcomes.


Disruptive Demographics: Housing Production & Demographic Reality Are Moving in Different Directions

RCLCO: Demographics of new households are moving in one direction, while housing production is sometimes moving in the opposite direction


Delaware Council Hears BIA Study

Study: Delaware needs more affordable living space


Columbus Subdivision Proposal Tabled

Columbus officials table 1,000-home proposal near Hilliard


BIA member, Schottenstein Real Estate Group gets approval for project

Orange Township approves 300-acre mixed-use development


South Side Shift

Columbus Dispatch: Chicago developer to create warehouse complex at Columbus Castings site


The key to affordability? Density, density, density: M/I Homes' Bob Schottenstein leading charge to adapt zoning to boost homeownership

If Central Ohio aims to be competitive as an appealing place to live and do business, we must have affordably priced housing available to support residents and one important factor is allowing higher density.


U.S. New-Home Sales Fell in January

WSJ: Sales drop 6.9%, signaling a weak start to 2019 for housing industry


January New Home Sales Demonstrate Demand for Affordable Homes

The January new home sales report from the government indicates an increasing demand for homes sold in an affordable price range.


[Pulse] The housing market has a growing affordability problem, and here's why

On the new construction side, a persistent labor shortage, building material price volatility and tariffs, and growing regulatory burdens on issues like zoning and building codes have held back housing production in areas with growing population and employment.


Grandview Development to Include Senior Apartments

Grandview’s slice of split development will start to rise this year


NW Columbus Delays Due to Apartment Concerns

NWCA: Reed Road project vote delayed again


Groveport to Add 600 Jobs

The Gap will add 600 jobs to its Groveport workforce


Just 9.1% of America’s construction workers are women—here’s what it’s like to be one of them

CNBC: Currently, women make up 9.1 percent of the U.S. construction workforce, and earn an average 95.7 percent of what their male counterparts make, according to The National Association of Women in Construction.


Grove City Approves 500+ Units in New Development

Full story: Farmstead plan squeaks by Grove City Council


More townhomes are being built

Despite Slow Quarter, Townhouse Construction Expanded in 2018


Constructing a community

BIA Trades at the Parade took place Friday, March 8 at Evans Farm to give area career center students a first-hand look at the homebuilding process. Nearly 150 students represented four surrounding trade schools.


New Home Sales End the Year Up 1.5 Percent

Sales of newly built, single-family homes posted a yearly gain of 1.5 percent in 2018, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.


Colorado Springs area high school students to build new homes under expansion of HBA trades program

The program, which leads to Department of Labor certification in general construction or electrical, plumbing and carpentry, is offered in 10 high schools in the Pikes Peak region, reaching more than


Grove City Residential Plans Narrowly Approved

Grove City council OKs Farmstead in close vote


New Albany Active Senior Housing Opening

New Albany’s senior-housing developments taking form


Delaware Considers Annexation

Delaware weighs costs, perks of annexing Berlin Township plot


U.S. New Home Sales Rose in December

WSJ: Sales increase 3.7%, closing weak year for housing market


Longtime NAHB Remodelers Member Paul Sullivan Inducted into National Remodeling Hall of Fame

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers inducted Paul Sullivan, CAPS, CGP, CGR, a remodeler from Newton, Mass., into the National Remodeling Hall of Fame for his contributions to the remodeling industry.


Schottenstein Real Estate president on the state of development in Columbus

BIA Member, Brian Schottenstein, gives positive insight to Columbus's development


Historical church to be razed for housing

Century-old Franklinton church to be razed for affordable housing project


Strong Owner Household Formations in 2018

NAHB: According to the Census Bureau’s Housing Vacancy Survey (HVS), the U.S. homeownership rate increased in the last quarter of 2018 and now stands at 64.8%.


Why Slowing Home Price Growth Is Good For Everyone

Forbes: Two of the most important indicators of home appreciation came out this morning, and they both showed the same thing:  home price increases are slowing rapidly. Economists are forecasting continued slowdowns in appreciation, according to polls by Reuters, Zillow, and others.


Blighted Franklinton hotels will become apartments for those transitioning out of foster care

The former Motel 6 and Knights Inn complex off West Broad Street in Franklinton will become Carol Stewart Village — 100 efficiency apartments in seven one-story buildings designed for 18-to-24-year-olds coming out of the foster care system.


NAHB Announces Best of IBS Product Winners at 2019 International Builders' Show

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) named the winning products in its seventh annual Best of IBS Awards during the NAHB International Builders' Show® (IBS) in Las Vegas. The awards were presented during a ceremony on the final day of the show.


Wagenbrenner set to redevelop Mount Carmel West

BIA Member, Wagenbrenner, to transform medical campus to community focused, mixed used development.


Six Leaders Named 'Ones to Watch' at International Builders' Show

Six young building industry professionals were honored this week as "Ones to Watch" at the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) International Builders' Show in Las Vegas.


Canal Winchester Adds Tree Requirements

Canal Winchester code changes require more trees -- at developers’ expense


Development Commission Next for Subdivision Proposal

Far West Area Commission rejects 1,000-home development proposal south of Hilliard


Housing Starts Down 11.2 Percent in December; Post Yearly Gain

Housing starts fell 11.2 percent in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.08 million units, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department that was delayed due to the partial government shutdown.


Nation's Home Builders Elect Leadership for 2019

Members of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) elected four senior officers to top leadership positions within the federation during the association's International Builders' Show in Las Vegas.


Pulte Homes opens adult community in New Albany

BIA member, Pulte Homes, opens Nottingham Trace.


Millennial purchasing power heats up

HousingWire: Millennials are buying houses. Lots of them.


Connecticut Builder Elected Chairman of NAHB

Greg Ugalde, a Connecticut-based builder and developer with more than 25 years of experience in the home building industry, was elected as the 2019 chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) during the association's International Builders' Show in Las Vegas.


Energy Efficiency and Indoor Air Quality Top Buyers' Green Preferences

To achieve their energy efficiency goals, buyers would most like to have windows and appliances rated ENERGY STAR, efficient lighting (using less energy than traditional bulbs), and insulation higher than required by code.


Best in American Living[tm] Awards Shine a Spotlight on Top Design Trends for 2019

Over 150 single-family, multifamily, interior design, remodeling, and community projects were honored at the 2018 Best in American Living[tm] Awards (BALA) ceremony held during the 2019 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders' Show in Las Vegas.


NAHB Names The Nationals Gold Award Winners Annual Honors Recognize Excellence in New Home Sales, Marketing and Design

The year's most outstanding work in residential real estate sales, marketing and design were honored by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) at the National Sales and Marketing Awards gala (known as "The NationalsSM"), one of the building industry's most prestigious events.


HUD Secretary Pledges to Work with Builders to Tackle Housing Affordability Crisis

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Dr. Ben Carson today discussed how the government and home builders can work together to tackle the nation's affordability crisis in an address to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Board of Directors during its annual meeting in Las Vegas.


NAHB Announces Builder of the Year and Community of the Year in Best of 55+ Housing Awards

he National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) named Minto Communities USA in Tampa, Fla., the Builder of the Year, and that firm's Latitude Margaritaville in Daytona Beach, Fla., the Community of the Year, as part of the 2018 Best of 55+ Housing Awards.


Delaware Coastal Community Named Community of the Year in National Design Competition

Bayside, a mixed-use coastal resort community in Selbyville, Del., was named the Community of the Year in 2018 Best in American Living[tm] Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).


Multifamily Builder and Developer Confidence Weakens Slightly in Fourth Quarter

Confidence in the market for new multifamily housing weakened slightly in the fourth quarter, according to results from the Multifamily Market Survey (MMS) released today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).


Multifamily Housing Production to Start Leveling Off

While multifamily housing starts in 2018 came very close to the sector's 2015 peak, production levels are expected to moderate somewhat in 2019 and will stabilize in a range that that is considered normal, according to data announced today by National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) at a press conference held during the NAHB International Builders' Show in Las Vegas.


NAHB Outlines Top Features Home Buyers Want for 2019

Laundry rooms and energy-saving features such as Energy Star appliances, windows, and whole house certification are among the most wanted home features, according to survey results from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) during a press conference at the NAHB International Builders' Show in Las Vegas.


The rate of homes hitting the housing market is now at a 10-year high

HousingWire: RE/MAX real estate agents say they now have more homes for sale than at any point in the last 10 years, according to the latest housing report.


Anthony Maschmedt of Seattle Named 2018 NAHB Best in Green 'One to Watch' Young Professional of the Year

Anthony Maschmedt, Principal at Seattle-based Dwell Development + Design/Build, was honored today as the Best in Green Young Professional of the Year: One to Watch by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The award was given as part of the association's Best in Green Awards during the NAHB International Builders' Show in Las Vegas.


NAHB Recognizes the Best in Green and Sustainable Building

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) today announced the winners of its Best in Green (BIG) Awards at a ceremony during the NAHB International Builders' Show in Las Vegas.


Single-family housing authorizations show persistent declines

HousingWire: According to a report released Tuesday by BuildFax, a provider of data on property conditions, single-family authorizations have declined year over year for the third consecutive month in January, falling 3.48%.


Residential Remodeling Spending Continues to Gradually Grow

Spending on residential improvements will continue to grow over the next two years at a gradual pace, according to experts at a press conference hosted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers during the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas. Professional remodelers from across the country agreed with the forecast, citing increased consumer confidence and demand.


Community, Development Firms of the Year Named in the 2018 NAHB Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards

Parcels at Concourse in Memphis, Tenn., was named Multifamily Community of the Year and Gables Residential, based in Atlanta, was named Multifamily Development Firm of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) as part of the association's Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards for 2018.


Lack of New Housing Keeps Columbus from Fully Excelling

Business FIrst: Benchmarking Central Ohio: Affordability and youth are advantages against peer cities, but problems persist


Lower Interest Rates, Rising Consumer Confidence Boost Builder Sentiment

Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes rose four points to 62 in February, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released today in Las Vegas during the 75th annual International Builders' Show.


Two Flagship Exhibit Homes Unveiled at the NAHB International Builders' Show

The National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) Leading Suppliers Council, in collaboration with Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler magazines, today unveiled the latest official show homes of the International Builders' Show (IBS): The New American Home® 2019 and The New American Remodel® 2019. IBS attendees and media members can tour the homes Feb. 19-21.


How Affordable are Homes in Your Area?

A new feature of the NAHB Housing Portal — a free, interactive, online resource filled with information about the impact of housing — helps illustrate the severity of declining affordability.


Tv star shares why a young person might consider career in the skilled trades

‘This Old House’ star Richard Trethewey to appear at Home & Garden Show


Housing Affordability Holds Steady at a 10-Year Low in the Fourth Quarter

A modest increase in interest rates offset a slight decline in home prices to keep housing affordability essentially level in the fourth quarter of 2018 and still hovering at a 10-year low, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) released today.


Land trust has potential to create mixed-income neighborhood

Columbus-Franklin County land trust could create true mixed-income neighborhoods by ensuring affordable housing


Columbus home prices rose 5.1 percent

Most Ohio cities outpaced Columbus last year in home appreciation


Worthington Apartments to Open in 2019

Granby Place apartments on Wilson Bridge in Worthington could open by fall


New Albany to Update Strategic Plan

City Notes: Partnerships, planning, tech will guide traffic strategy


High-end homes pitched near Pinnacle Golf Club in Grove City

BIA Builder Member, Bob Webb Homes, proposed a new development in Grove City.


Statement from NAHB First Vice Chairman Greg Ugalde on President Trump's State of the Union Address

Greg Ugalde, first vice chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a builder and developer from Torrington, Conn., attended tonight's State of the Union address and issued a statement regarding President Trump's remarks.


Canal Winchester Planning Park Trails

Clean Ohio Trails grant sought for Canal Winchester’s McGill Park


Liberty Township Trustee Challenges Continue Around EMS

Group wants to force Liberty Township trustees to secure higher insurance bonds


Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio Requesting Bids from Subcontractors

Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio is a Developer and General Contractor accepting bids to determine subcontractors for single-family residential projects in 2019. All bids are due no later than 2:00 PM March 1, 2019. 


Central Ohio Isn't Building Enough Housing To Keep Up With Population

BIA Executive Director, Jon Melchi, talks about the issue on WOSU Radio


BIA appoints 2019 President

Matt Callahan of PulteGroup has been named the 2019 President of the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio.


New Home Sales Higher Than Expected in November

NAHB: Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 657,000 units in November


Grove City Council Still Considering Housing Proposal

Farmstead development: Grove City Council not rushing plan toward vote


Stigma In The Skilled Trades

Make it Right: The problem is this: there are many people out there who think if you don’t go to post-secondary school or you work with your hands, that you’re uneducated.


Ohio Companies Look to Hire more Workers but Have Trouble Finding Them

Dayton Daily News: In Ohio, 88 percent of construction companies are looking to hire more workers in 2019.


The midwest among the regions that created least number of jobs in 2018

NAHB Eye on Housing: The Midwest and the Northeast recorded the lowest gains at 1.44% and 1.38% respectively during this time.


Statement from NAHB Chairman Randy Noel on Agreement to Reopen the Government

Randy Noel, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a custom home builder from LaPlace, La., issued a statement regarding the agreement between President Trump and congressional leaders to reopen the federal government.


How Smart is Your Home?

Find out why smart home technology is no longer solely piquing the interest of early adopters or tech-minded Millennials.


Still Time to Register for NAHB's Meeting of the Members

This meeting gives NAHB members an insider's view of our advocacy priorities.


OSHA Publishes Maximum Fines for 2019 and Top Violations of 2018

OSHA published to the Federal Register Wednesday its maximum fines for job site violations for 2019, which go into effect for citations beginning January 24, 2019.


Government Shutdown is Affecting Housing

NAHBNOW: The closure affects several federal departments, including HUD, Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Interior, State, Transportation, and Treasury.


Fifth Avenue school site in University District to become housing, retail

Mixed-use building coming just south of OSU campus.


Dublin to Consider Residential as Part of Development

Dublin, Daimler working on retail, residential development


Housing affordability in Columbus is at a 10-year low

Columbus Business First: Affordability is slipping away, according to the latest numbers by Columbus Realtors.


Home Sales Dropped in December; Price Increases Slowed

WSJ: Decline of 6.4% suggests sluggishness in the housing market may persist into 2019


Affordable housing, living wages top issues in annual survey of mayors

Columbus Dispatch: Mayors from across the country believe that high housing costs and a lack of well-paying jobs are keeping more people from climbing the social ladder in their cities.


For Generation Z, the value of a construction career is a no-brainer

Construction Drive: Skilled labor shortage may find hope in Generation Z, "it looks like the financially prudent, entrepreneurial and hands-on aspects of construction will appeal more to these individuals than their millennial predecessors."


Older Americans Increasingly Burdened by Housing Costs

The report cautions that older generations will increasingly need more accessible and supportive housing than is currently available.


Builder Confidence for Newly Built Single Family Homes Rises 2 Points

NAHB: Buoyed by falling mortgage rates, builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes rose two points to 58 in January on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).


CNBC: The future of work won't be about college degrees, it will be about job skills

The BIA of Central Ohio's Workforce Committee met earlier this week. These stories are important as we look for ways to engage more and more people to look at the trades as a first option.


Microsoft pledges $500 million to tackle housing crisis in Seattle, Eastside

The pledge is the largest in the company's 44-year history, and comes as Microsoft and other tech giants that have driven the region's economic boom face increasing pressure to help mitigate affordable-housing shortages.


International Futurist Simon J. Anderson to Keynote EXPO '19 Award-winning author and strategic foresight consultant Simon J. Anderson will share his research and insights on the future of construction and residential construction products


Study Shows over 1,000 Households Priced Out of Housing Market in Columbus with Each $1,000 Price Increase

Ohio is the third most at risk state in the nation in terms of pricing out home buyers and a $1,000 increase in the cost of a newly-built home pushes 1,335 prospective buyers out of the market in Central Ohio according to a recent study by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).


Grove City Residential Plan Moves Forward

Farmstead plan heads to Grove City Council


Columbus ranked No. 1 for the decline in home flipping

Columbus Business First: BIA Executive Director, Jon Melchi, comments on latest NAHB Housing Study as it relates to housing affordability in the Columbus market.


Her clothes are keeping female construction workers, firefighters and paramedics safe

SeeHerWork designs and makes work wear specifically for women, including gloves to fit smaller hands.


More condos considered for Italian Village

Columbus Dispatch: Condos planned for E. Fourth Avenue in Italian Village


Mayor Ginther proposes $1B bond package on ballot with $50M for affordable housing

Columbus Business First: Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther has proposed $50 million for affordable housing as part of a $1.03 billion bond package to go before voters.


NAHB Study Shows Nearly 130,000 Households Priced Out of Housing Market with Each $1,000 Price Increase

According to a recent study by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), a $1,000 increase in the cost of a median-priced newly-built home pushes 127,560 prospective buyers out of the market.


Relatively Strong Demand Predicted for Central Ohio

Columbus Monthly: The regional market continues to grow, with jobs being added and new residents coming to town.


Rich Cities Created the Housing Shortage

WSJ Opinion: ‘Closed-access cities’ raise the cost of shelter and drive out the middle class.


Columbus Castings site cleared; owner negotiating with developer

The once-mighty Columbus Castings foundry buildings are gone, as the owner works with a developer interested in the South Side site.


Three major subdivisions are being built in Johnstown

Columbus Dispatch: Three major subdivisions are in various stages of development in Johnstown by BIA member, Pulte Homes.


How We Speak Influences Young People's Decision on Their Future

WSJ Opinion by Virginia Foxx: Stop Calling It ‘Vocational Training’


Worker Shortage Curbs Building Boom

A survey conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America predicts construction boom to continue but shows the worker shortage also continuing.


Few new homes are coming onto the market in central Ohio

Jon Melchi, executive director of the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio, Op-ed piece on the housing needs and shortfalls in central Ohio.


Statement from NAHB Chairman Randy Noel on FEMA's Refusal to Renew Flood Insurance

Randy Noel, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a custom home builder from LaPlace, La., issued a statement after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declined to issue new flood insurance policies as a result of the partial federal government shutdown


Statement from NAHB Chairman Randy Noel on First Step Act Being Signed into Law

Randy Noel, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a custom builder from LaPlace, La., issued a statement after President Trump signed the First Step Act into law


Plans Grow for New Downtown Hilton

New plan adds one floor and rooftop terrace to new Hilton tower


More Affordable Housing Planned in Franklinton

Homeport wants to build affordable housing in Franklinton.


Stay Alfred is latest to offer short-term rentals of Downtown apartments

Forget a hotel. Skip the Airbnb. Travelers coming to Columbus can now use Stay Alfred.


MORPC proposes more than $21 million in federal projects

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission has proposed more than $21 million in federal funding for projects such as the Olentangy Trail and improvements to Fishinger Road in Upper Arlington.


NAHB Commends Pam Patenaude for Her Work at HUD

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) today commended the work of Deputy HUD Secretary Pam Patenaude to provide safe, decent and affordable housing for Americans after she announced she was resigning.


Single-Family Starts Drop in November as Builders Face Affordability Concerns

Rising housing affordability issues continue to hinder single-family production even as total housing starts increased in November.


Columbus 'not even coming close' to meeting housing needs, report finds, hurting our competitiveness

The Housing Need Assessment report from the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio and the BIA Foundation quantifies the significance of the shortfall by estimating the need for new residential housing based on projected job growth through 2050.


The great divide: Many Ohio towns left behind despite strengthening economy

Despite an economy that has fully recovered from the worst recession since the Great Depression, many Ohio communities are lagging.


Despite Housing Boom, Columbus in Need of More Housing

A new report from the Building Association of Central Ohio is saying Columbus needs to construct at least twice as many new residences despite the current apartment boom.


CareWorksComp December Newsletter and Workers' Comp Update

The December Newsletter includes important dates and beneficial information.


Columbus must build more housing, report concludes

Despite apartment boom, central Ohio should build at least twice as many new residences, study released by BIA finds.


Statement from NAHB Chairman Randy Noel on Nomination of Mark Calabria as New FHFA Director

Randy Noel, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a custom home builder from LaPlace, La., issued a statement on Mark Calabria being nominated as the new director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).


Mixed-use development with new library branch pitched near Powell

BIA Builder member is pitching a new mixed-use development anchored by a library near Powell.


Washington Post: Construction of townhouses is up, offering more options for first-time buyers

As demand for housing continues to outpace supply, particularly in the entry-level category, pressure has increased on builders to bump up the pace of construction.


BIA EXPO'19 is January 30, 2019

100s of industry professionals including builders, remodelers, building officials, architects, interior designers and more are all invited to EXPO '19.


Sales & Marketing Council (SMC) Holiday Lunch & Toy Drive

Reminder if you have registered: The Holiday Lunch & Toy Drive presented by SMC is this Wednesday, December 19.


Virginia Remodeler Leo Lantz Named 2018 NAHB Remodeler of the Year

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers is honoring Leo Lantz, CAPS, CGP, CGR, GMR, a remodeler from Glen Allen, Va., as the 2018 NAHB Remodeler of the Year.


Mayor Ginther hits on Affordable Housing at Mapfire News Conference

The Crew would remain in Columbus and use Mapfre Stadium for two years before moving to a new stadium under a proposal to be announced by community leaders Thursday, part of a new ownership plan for the professional soccer franchise.


Most Americans Cite a Housing Affordability Crisis Nationwide and Close to Home

Nearly three out of four American households believe that the nation is suffering a housing affordability crisis, and a majority of respondents reported this is a problem at their local and state level as well, according to a new nationwide survey conducted on behalf of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).


Associations Now: Construction Industry Finds a Way to Connect with Voters on the Move

Associated Builders and Contractors used Google’s Waze app as part of its get-out-the-vote efforts for last month’s midterm elections.


Home Appraisals Go High Tech

The battle between man and bot has a new front: your mortgage.


New Home Sales Drop 8.9 Percent in October as Affordability Challenges Persist

Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 544,000 units in October after an upwardly revised September report, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.


'European village' neighborhood lands first approval in Dublin

BIA Members Corinthian Homes, POD Design, and American Structurepoint are all working on the project.


NAHB Announces Best of 55+ Housing Awards Finalists

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced the finalists for its 2019 Best of 55+ Housing Awards, the premier design and marketing competition for the 55+ housing industry.


Ohio business, educational leaders launch effort to address skills shortage

Ohio business, education and union leaders have started a new initiative meant to resolve the challenge of address shortages of skilled tech workers.


As weather cools, home sales in Central Ohio remain hot

Home sales in Central Ohio remain strong even heading into the cold months.


Borrowers Are Tapping Their Homes for Cash, Even as Rates Rise

The trend is a sign of an economy that has sharply pushed up home prices but left paychecks growing much more slowly.


Multifamily Builder and Developer Confidence Weakens in Third Quarter as Market Faces Challenges

Confidence in the multifamily housing market weakened in the third quarter, according to results from the Multifamily Market Survey (MMS) released today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).


Builder Confidence Drops as Housing Affordability Issues Rise

Growing affordability concerns resulted in builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes falling eight points to 60 in November on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).


Installed Building Products Looks to Expand its Downtown Headquarters

Growing company wants to expand downtown headquarters, add 52 jobs.


Laura MacGregor Comek, BIA BOT Member, Receives Presidential Citation at OHBA Annual Dinner

Comek was recognized by the President and the Association for her outstanding service and commitment to the Ohio homebuilding industry.


Student debt limits potential home buyers’ choices

Student debt knocks almost $100,000 off the price of home buyers can afford, according to a new Zillow report.


Budget to Focus on Housing Stock

Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther talked Wednesday about turning the city’s land bank into a land trust designed to preserve affordable housing in what is becoming an increasingly expensive market that’s out of reach for many people.


Statement from NAHB Chairman Randy Noel on FHA Actuarial Report

Randy Noel, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a custom home builder from LaPlace, La., issued a statement after the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) released its annual actuarial report to Congress.


New Affordable Apartments Opening in Franklinton

The 45-unit Out of Town complex at Town Street and Mead Alley is a looker on a block in Franklinton that has drastically changed in recent years.


Apartment Building Projects Slow

Apartment developers are Slowing construction. That could mean higher rents.


D.R. Horton Buys Westport Homes For $190 Million

D.R. Horton, Inc. has acquired Westport Homes, a top- five homebuilder by volume in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Columbus, Ohio.


The housing slump is not (yet) a recession

Home purchases have a multiplier effect on consumer spending, since they often generate further sales of furniture, appliances, electronics, and marble or granite kitchen counters.


Housing Affordability Edges Lower in the Third Quarter

A modest increase in interest rates and home prices kept housing affordability at a 10-year low in the third quarter of 2018, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) released today.


Insurance Coverage for Defective Construction Further Limited

On October 9, 2018, the Supreme Court of Ohio doubled down on a prior ruling that commercial general liability insurance policies (CGLs) do not cover defective construction.


Home-Improvement Stocks Take Beating

Rising interest rates and building costs weigh on housing market, home-improvement retailers.


Construction wage gains hit 9-year high, as builders woo workers with $30 per hour pay

Average hourly earnings for construction workers were $30.21 in October, the Labor Department reported Friday. That represented a 3.9% increase in wages compared to a year ago, the strongest yearly gain since mid-2009.


FHFA releases 2019 multifamily lending caps for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

The caps, which are based on the FHFA’s projections for the overall size of the 2019 multifamily originations market, will be set at $35 billion for each enterprise, the same as the year before.


NAHB Announces Finalists for Apartment and Condo Awards

The National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) 2018 Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards judging is complete, and the panel of 12 industry experts narrowed down the entries to 74 finalists.


2019 BIA Parade of Homes Location, Dates Unveiled

The Building Industry Association of Central Ohio (BIA) announced that Evans Farm, Ohio’s only community designed around the principles of new urbanism, will be the site of the 2019 BIA Parade of Homes.


Building Insider November/December Issue Online

The November/December issue of Building Insider Magazine, featuring Evans Farm, Tremco Barrier Solutions and Distinctive Kitchen and Bath is now online. Follow the link to get detailed news on everything the BIA is working on.


Redfin: Home prices post smallest increase in 6 years

Buyers turning to the Midwest and South for affordable homes, lower cost of living.


Evans Farm will be site of 2019 BIA Parade of Homes

The 2019 BIA Parade of Homes will take place July 13 to July 28 and feature 14 homes.


Why ‘micropolitan’ cities may be the key to rural resurgence

A development expert says small cities and towns can be catalysts for lagging rural counties.


Millennial Homeownership Rate Rises to 37%

According to the Census Bureau’s Housing Vacancy Survey (HVS), the U.S. homeownership rate was 64.4% in the third quarter of 2018, which is not statistically different from its last quarter reading.


First-time homebuyers continuing to struggle

Survey shows that 33 percent of buyers are first-timers, well below traditional 40 percent.


Home Prices Continue to Lose Momentum

Gains fell below 6% in August as slowdown in housing market becomes more widespread.


The housing market may be slowing down, but Yale economist Robert Shiller says he isn't fearful that a big downturn is ahead.

Nobel Prize winner Robert Shiller: I don't expect a sharp turn in the housing market.


BIA Fall Membership Drive

Please help us with your referrals thru November 30th for NEW Primary BIA members & they will get their $60 initiation fee waived & you receive Spike points with NAHB.


Grants Aim to Improve Housing, Job Skills

Five nonprofit groups have received $120,000 in grants from the city of Columbus to restore houses while teaching construction skills to at-risk youths and former offenders.


A Place of 'Security'

Laurel Green, a $7.2 million development, provides apartments for people with mental health conditions.


3 Housing Trends to Watch This Fall

First-time home buyers might have a couple of things to cheer about in the final three months of 2018, even as mortgage rates are expected to continue their slow rise.


Big Hopes for Linden

City officials think Linden is ripe for growth if more people can be persuaded.


Share of New Homes with Patios Climbs over 58 Percent

Of the roughly 850,000 single-family homes started in 2017, 58.6 percent included patios, according to NAHB tabulation of data from the Survey of Construction (SOC, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau and partially funded by HUD).


Home-Sales Slump Lifts Apartments

Slumping home sales and rising interest rates are brightening the outlook for apartment and home-rental stocks.


October Workers' Comp Newsletter

This month's newsletter includes information about unemployment insurance, workers' compensation group rating enrollment deadlines and an educational piece that explains the different responsibilities required of Managed Care Organizations (MCO) and Third party Administrators (TPA).


Remodeling Confidence Remains Solid in Third Quarter

The National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) posted a reading of 58 in the third quarter of 2018, remaining stable from the previous quarter.


Labor Shortages are Raising Home Prices

Last month, NAHBNow recounted the record share of single-family builders reporting shortages of labor and subcontractors based on a recent survey conducted by the association.


Planet Oasis renaming contest will end early

Developers say hundreds have already submitted ideas for the entertainment and sports complex that has been called Planet Oasis.


Miller of J.S. Brown & Co. Wins Professional Remodeler Design Award

Monica Miller of J.S. Brown & Co. has won Silver in the 2015 Professional Remodeler Design Award contest for a bath project in the Bathroom $30,000-60,000 category.


Mary Shipley Interiors Wins Best of Houzz Award

Mary Shipley Interiors has been voted by the Houzz community as a winner of the 2015 Best of Houzz - Design award.


BIA Clay Target Shoot Was a Smash

A smashing success is the best way to describe the BIA Clay Target Shoot held on May 1. The sounds of gunshots could be heard echoing throughout the nationally acclaimed Cardinal Shooting Center.


Traffic is Up for Home and CondoQuest

Twenty BIA builders saw a surge in traffic when our 13th annual Home and CondoQuest took place during the weekends of April 18-19 and April 25-26.


Marketing Stars Shine Brightly at MAME

The BIA’s marketing and sales superstars obtained recognition for their achievements at the 28th annual Marketing and Merchandising Excellence (MAME) gala, held May 8.


Blendon Gardens team helps clean up Columbus

On March 28 the Blendon Gardens team, led by Patrick Affourtit, braved cold temperatures to take part in KickButt Columbus 2015.


Rockford Homes Transitions to New President

Rockford Homes has promoted company veteran, Donald R. Wick, to the position of president.


Residential Designed Solutions Is NARI 2015 Regional CotY Winner

Residential Designed Solutions, Inc. has been named by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) as the 2015 Regional CotY...


NJW Wins 2015 Best of Lancaster Award

NJW Construction, Inc. has been selected for the 2015 Best of Lancaster Award in the Bathroom and Kitchen Remodeling category.


KP Designs & Associates wins Columbus CEO Award

On October 15, KP Designs & Associates LLC won Columbus CEO Magazine’s 2014 Best Interior Design Firm in Columbus award.


Donate -- and Support Our New Parade Partner

Donate the building materials and products that you don’t need, take a tax deduction — and help the charitable organization that will be providing volunteers for the BIA at this year’s Parade of Homes.


LEF Architects Wins Best Of Houzz 2014 Award

LEF Architects, LLC of Pickerington, Ohio, has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design.


Renninger Wins Readers Choice Award

Ralph Renninger of RE/MAX Premier Choice was recently named the Number #2 Realtor in central Ohio by ThisWeek Community News readers.


Residential Designed Solutions Receives NARI ACE Award

Residential Designed Solutions, Inc. was recently honored with the 2013 ACE Award presented by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) of Central Ohio.


DuPont Introduces Revolutionary Insulated, Breathable Air and Water Barrier Building Wrap

DuPont Building Innovations launched DuPont™ Tyvek® ThermaWrap™ R5.0, a building wrap that acts as a breathable air and water barrier, while providing continuous exterior insulation.


Jeff Worly Named Worly Plumbing Supply President

Worly Plumbing Supply Chairman and CEO Jay Worly recently announced the appointment of Jeff Worly as President and COO of Worly Plumbing Supply.


Holt Launches Innovative Vocational Program for Scioto Youth

John Holt of New England Homes recently created an innovative program to help youth at the Ohio Department of Youth Services' Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility learn construction trades.


Misiolek Earns Professional Education Designations

Congratulations to Ann Misiolek of Parksite, one of the BIA's most involved associate members and vice chair of the Associates Council, for recently achieving both her Certified Graduate Associate (CGA) designation and Green Professional Educational (CGP) designation.


Isaac Wiles Law Firm Opens June 1

On June 1 the new law firm, Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teeter, LLC, was created with the merger of two long-time Columbus law firms, Isaac Brant Ledman & Teeter LLP and Wiles Boyle Burkholder & Bringardner Co LPA.


Open House Strengthens Client Relationships at The Cleary Company

The Cleary Company marked the completion of an expansive office and design center remodeling project with an open house designed to build and strengthen relationships with their clients.


Hylas Stemen Joins Residential Designed Solutions

Residential Designed Solutions, Inc., a design firm that specializes in custom homes and renovations, has added K. Hylas Stemen to their staff as lead designer.


George Cleary Honored by Ohio Senate

George B. Cleary, owner of The Cleary Company, recently received a President's Letter of Recognition from the 130th General Assembly of Ohio that honored him and his company.


Organized Home Remodeling Honord as a Consumers' Choice Award Winner

Organized Home Remodeling a licensed Design/Build remodeling company was named a 2012 Consumers Choice Award Winner in the Closet Organizers - Custom Built category.


America's Floor Source Opens New Location in Cleveland, Ohio

Dec. 7, 2012

America's Floor Source, one of the nation's largest flooring companies, recently opened its seventh Midwest showroom in Cleveland, Ohio.

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