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12/06/2018

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.

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12/05/2018

Cast your vote for 2019 BIA Foundation Trustees

Cast your vote for the three Trustees to serve on the 2019 BIA Foundation Board of Trustees.

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12/04/2018

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).

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12/04/2018

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.

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12/03/2018

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.

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12/03/2018

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

Enjoy a Sales & Marketing Council (SMC) holiday networking lunch at the beautiful Lakes Golf & Country Club. Meet current SMC committee members and learn more about this high energy networking group at the BIA.

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11/30/2018

Home Appraisals Go High Tech

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

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11/28/2018

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.

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11/28/2018

This Week: Orange Township’s Evans Farm catches Parade of Homes’ eye

Orange Township’s massive Evans Farm development is in its infancy, but the project already has resulted in more than 100 “spoken-for” houses and the right to host the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio’s 2019 Parade of Homes, set July 13-28.

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11/27/2018

'European village' neighborhood lands first approval in Dublin

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

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11/27/2018

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.

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11/27/2018

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.

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11/26/2018

The Columbus Dispatch: Evans Farm development’s ‘new urbanism’ attracting residents

Evans Farm, new urbanist community, is a 1,200-acre residential and commercial development in southern Delaware County.

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11/25/2018

As weather cools, home sales in Central Ohio remain hot

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

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11/25/2018

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.

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11/20/2018

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).

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11/20/2018

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).

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11/19/2018

Installed Building Products Looks to Expand its Downtown Headquarters

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

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11/19/2018

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.

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11/18/2018

Owner of Homewood, George Skestos, Funds Innovative Dog Shelter

The shelter takes in dogs from counties with low adoption rates, gives them exams and vaccinations as needed, then funnels them to shelters with higher adoption rates.

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11/18/2018

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.

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11/16/2018

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.

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11/15/2018

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.

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11/15/2018

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.

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11/14/2018

Apartment Building Projects Slow

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

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11/13/2018

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.

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11/11/2018

CareWorksComp: November 2018 Newsletter

This month's issue has important information about the group rating enrollment deadline, Handicap Reimbursements, help with locating accounts receivables transaction history on the BWC website and important unemployment compensation information.

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11/10/2018

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.

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11/09/2018

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.

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11/08/2018

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.

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11/08/2018

Home-Improvement Stocks Take Beating

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

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11/06/2018

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.

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11/06/2018

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.

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11/05/2018

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.

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11/05/2018

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.

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11/05/2018

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.

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11/03/2018

The Columbus Dispatch: Evans Farm will be site of next Parade of Homes

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

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11/03/2018

BIA: 2019 BIA Parade of Homes Location, Dates Unveiled

BIA to host Parade of Homes in new urbanism style community, Evans Farm.

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11/02/2018

Columbus Business First: Parade of Homes returns to Delaware County in 2019

Parade of Homes is returning to Ohio's fastest-growing county next year.

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11/01/2018

Delaware Gazette: Parade of Homes to feature Evans Farm

The Building Industry Association of Central Ohio (BIA) announced Wednesday 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.

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11/01/2018

Redfin: Home prices post smallest increase in 6 years

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

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11/01/2018

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.

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11/01/2018

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.

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10/31/2018

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.

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10/31/2018

First-time homebuyers continuing to struggle

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

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10/31/2018

Home Prices Continue to Lose Momentum

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

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10/30/2018

Columbus Business First: Major work to start on $1.5B Evans Farm development in Delaware County

Major construction work will begin next year on the 1,200-acre Evans Farm development – a $1.52 billion project years in the works in Orange and Berlin townships in Delaware County.

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10/30/2018

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.

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10/29/2018

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.

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10/29/2018

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.

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10/25/2018

A Place of 'Security'

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

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10/24/2018

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.

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10/24/2018

Big Hopes for Linden

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

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10/24/2018

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).

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10/23/2018

Home-Sales Slump Lifts Apartments

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

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10/22/2018

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).

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10/20/2018

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.

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10/19/2018

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.

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10/19/2018

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.

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10/17/2018

Multifamily Decline Pushes Overall Housing Starts Down in September

Led by a drop in multifamily production, total housing starts fell 5.3 percent in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.2 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department.

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10/16/2018

Builder Confidence Rises One Point in October, Remains at Summer Levels

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes rose one point to 68 in October on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Builder confidence levels have held in the high 60s since June.

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10/15/2018

Grandview Heights to get 79 new homes

BIA member M/I Homes plans to build 79 homes in Grandview Yard, the Columbus company’s first urban-style development in central Ohio.

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10/15/2018

Why MLS likes Austin: Prosperity fueling teardowns of older homes for new, pricier houses

It’s 9 a.m. on Richcreek Road, and two white vans have pulled up alongside a chain-link fence where a duplex is being built.

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10/15/2018

Building Insider October Issue Online

The October issue of Building Insider Magazine, featuring the 2018 BIA Parade of Homes at Eversole Run in Jerome Village and the Preview Party is now online.

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10/01/2018

Now Accepting 2020 Parade of Homes Site Proposals

The 2020 BIA Parade of Homes Site Selection Committee is beginning the process of accepting Parade of Homes site proposals.

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09/29/2018

The Last Home of Eleanor Roosevelt

The former first lady's townhouse is going on the market for nearly $20 million.

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09/28/2018

Free IBS Expo Pass Available until Sunday, Sept. 30.

Theres only 144 Days until IBS in January. Don't wait, sign up today and receive a free expo pass.

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09/28/2018

SoftBank Invests $400 Million in Home-Selling Startup Opendoor

Opendoor offers its service of buying and selling houses exclusively online in 19 markets and plans to expand faster than originally planned.

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09/28/2018

New Albany development continues to spread east

When New Albany officials first pitched the idea of an international business park to representatives from Discover Financial Services, much was left to the imagination.

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09/27/2018

Delaware County intersection sees more development

The apartment complex, developed by Schottenstein Real Estate Group, offers 252 apartments in one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts, along with two- and three-bedroom townhomes with garages. Rents range from $900 to $1,800.

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09/27/2018

New Home Sales Rise 3.5 Percent in August Even as Affordability Concerns Persist

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 3.5 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 629,000 units after downwardly revised June and July reports, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.

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09/27/2018

Carr Farms proposal moves forward in Hilliard

Epcon Communities will move forward with plans for a primarily empty-nester development known as the Courtyards at Carr Farms.

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09/26/2018

Statement from NAHB Chairman Randy Noel on Sen. Warren's Housing Bil

Randy Noel, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a custom home builder from LaPlace, La., issued a statement on the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act, legislation introduced today by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

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09/26/2018

Worthington makes top 10 hottest housing markets in the U.S.

Forget cities such as Las Vegas, Seattle and San Francisco. The most popular neighborhoods for homebuyers are in the burbs, according to Realtor.com’s annual list of hottest ZIP codes in the U.S.

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09/26/2018

Home-Price Gains Slow as Rates Have Risen

Home-price growth has begun to taper, as interest rates have risen and inventory in some markets has been growing.

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09/25/2018

Freddie Mac: September forecast indicates affordability continues to weaken growth

Homebuilder constraints predicted to move home sales below 2018's level.

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09/22/2018

A decade after the housing bubble burst, Columbus home prices continue their climb

Central Ohio home prices continued to climb as the hot summer buying season capped off in August.

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09/22/2018

Columbus-area home sales fall again while prices jump

Central Ohio home sales fell again in August, providing another sign that the housing market might be tempering.

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09/21/2018

Columbus Mortgage Office Grand Opening Open House

Join Home Savings Bank for their Grand Opening on October 11. RSVP no later than October 1.

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09/21/2018

Amazon Sells Chip to Run Smart House

New offerings include Alexa-enabled chip that manufacturers can install to control basic appliances.

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09/21/2018

River & Rich ushers in new apartments, retailers to Franklinton

Final touches are being put on an eight-building apartment complex in Franklinton, the first of what is expected to be several large new projects in the Downtown neighborhood west of the Scioto River.

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09/21/2018

The Skilled Labor Fund Announces Contribution for Training

The Skilled Labor Fund, through the National Housing Endowment, the philanthropic arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), provided over $57,000 to address the shortage of skilled labor entering the residential construction market.

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09/20/2018

Major Avery Road development starts with apartment complex

Skip Weiler, President of Robert Weiler Company, discusses the Hilliard-area development.

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09/19/2018

Housing Starts Rise in August Amid Ongoing Affordability Concerns

Total housing starts increased 9.2 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.28 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department.

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09/19/2018

What to do about your home and mortgage if you’re hit by a disaster

If you’re affected by a hurricane, flood or another natural disaster, what does it mean for your mortgage? Whether you’re hit by Hurricane Florence or another disaster, this is especially important for homeowners. Here are frequently asked questions and answers.

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09/18/2018

Online Builder Bidding Closes Thursday, September 20.

Calling all Associate members: You could win a day on the course with a prospective or current client on October 1.

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09/18/2018

Builder Confidence Remains Firm in September

Derived from a monthly survey that NAHB has been conducting for 30 years, the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as "good," "fair" or "poor."

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09/17/2018

Grandview Yard project could extend south of Goodale Boulevard

Grandview’s developer, Nationwide Realty Investors, is seeking to extend Grandview Yard south of Goodale Boulevard on 14 acres that once held W.W. Williams.

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09/16/2018

Builders Boneyard Drop-Off Date

The BIA Professional Women in Building (PWB) Council is collecting your donations for the next Builders Boneyard.

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09/15/2018

Orange Township road projects planned for continued growth

A spine of problematic railroad tracks cuts through the center of Orange Township. And growth is forcing a mix of public-private solutions to alleviate road dangers and traffic backups.

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09/14/2018

Lumber, OSB Prices Retreat in August as Gypsum Reaches New High

Residential construction goods input prices declined, on average, in August as large monthly increases and decreases offset each other, according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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09/14/2018

Apartment-building spree would be needed if Columbus lands HQ2

If you think a lot of apartments are being built now in central Ohio, consider this: If Amazon picks Columbus for its second headquarters, the area will need more — a lot more

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09/13/2018

Women in Construction

Women remain underrepresented in the construction industry, although they currently make up almost half (47 percent) of the total working population.

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09/13/2018

Buckeye Lake ready for rebirth

The Buckeye Lake waterfront is starting to transform from a construction site to a 4.1-mile scenic shoreline for public use as the four-year project to build a new dam nears completion.

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09/12/2018

Builder Auction Golf Outing

At 10 am today bidding for the Builder Auction Golf Outing will be live. Be sure to click the link in the article to register. You could win a day on the course with a perspective or current client.

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09/10/2018

On the House: Variety of Ohio homes stand out over years

After writing about homes and real estate for almost a decade, this is Jim Weiker's last On The House column.

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09/06/2018

On the House: Builder Bob Webb goes into office daily — even Sunday — at age 86

Webb built his first home in 1960 — a 1,300-square-foot, two-bedroom ranch on Elmore Avenue in North Linden — that sold for $16,000.

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09/04/2018

2019 International Builders' Show Registration Now Open

Special Registration Discounts Offered Through September

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08/29/2018

U.S. Home-Price Gains Decelerate

Home-price growth slowed in June for the third straight month, welcome news for buyers.

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08/27/2018

Exclusive 2018 BIA Parade of Homes Preview Party set for Aug. 30

The $75/person tickets are now available and include pre-opening entrance to the Parade, food, adult beverages, soft drinks and parking. Tickets can be purchased at BIAparade.com.

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08/26/2018

Smart Columbus offers cash for builders of apartments, condos to add vehicle-charging stations

Smart Columbus is offering $175,000 to builders of apartments and condominiums in central Ohio to install electric-vehicle charging stations.

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08/25/2018

New Home Sales Edge Down 1.7 Percent in July

Sales of newly built, single-family homes inched down 1.7 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 627,000 units after an upwardly revised June report, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. On a year-to-date basis, sales are up 7.2 percent from this time last year.

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08/25/2018

Home Sales Tumbled In July for the Longest Slump Since 2013

Sales of previously owned homes in July continued their longest downward slide in five years, as rising home prices and higher mortgage rates price more potential buyers out of the market.

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08/24/2018

Multifamily Built-for-Rent Share Remains Elevated

The elevated rental share of multifamily construction is holding typical apartment size below levels seen during the pre-recession period.

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08/24/2018

Central Ohio posts strong month of home sales in July

July offered a bit of good news for Central Ohioans – or wannabe Central Ohioans – looking to buy a home.

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08/24/2018

Construction Industry Struggles to Find a Skilled Workforce

America is a land of opportunity, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the construction industry. It’s the classic American story: someone can start on the ground floor (literally) and work their way into a highly technical profession (or management, or entrepreneurship, or all the above).

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08/24/2018

Single-Family Built-for-Rent Housing Expands

The number of single-family homes built-for-rent increased over the last four quarters.

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08/23/2018

Purchase Advanced Preview Party Tickets

The deadline to purchase tickets in advance for the Preview Party is Wednesday, August 29. Tickets will be available the day of the event, Thursday, August 30, at the door for $85.

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08/23/2018

Multifamily Builder and Developer Confidence Edged Down Slightly in Second Quarter

Confidence in the multifamily housing market edged down in the second quarter of 2018, according to the Multifamily Production Index (MPI) released today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

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08/23/2018

Central Ohio home sales, prices rebound in July

Central Ohio home sales and prices climb during July after sharp drops previous two months.

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08/22/2018

International Builders' Show and Kitchen & Bath Industry Show Extend Co-Location Agreement for Design & Construction Week

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) today announced an agreement to extend the co-location of the NAHB International Builders' Show® (IBS) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), known as Design & Construction Week® (DCW). The new six-year agreement will begin in 2020 and will run through the 2026 shows.

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08/22/2018

Costly Houses See Ready Buyers

Affluent Americans continue to show confidence in the economy, boosting spending on homes, designer clothing and other luxury products

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08/21/2018

Preview Party is a Week Away!

Tickets for this exclusive first look at this year's BIA Parade of Homes are now on sale! The event takes place Thursday, August 30 from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.

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08/20/2018

SMC Free Networking Lunch & 3 Pillar Home Tour

BIA Sales and Marketing Council is having a free networking lunch & 3 Pillar Homes Tour event. This event is open to all BIA, SMC members and their guests.

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08/19/2018

On The House: Home prices won’t continue on current tear

Home sales nationally and locally have slowed this summer. In central Ohio, they dropped significantly in May and June compared with the same months last year.

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08/16/2018

Housing Starts Hold Their Ground in July

Total housing starts inched up 0.9 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.17 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department.

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08/15/2018

Builder Confidence Remains Firm in August

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes edged down one point to a solid 67 reading in August on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).

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08/15/2018

Household Borrowing Reaches Record $13.3 Trillion as Rising Rates Have Yet to Bite

Borrowing has continued at a brisk pace for auto loans and mortgages, as delinquencies remain low.

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08/10/2018

Housing market has hit a ‘significant slowdown’ in recent weeks, Redfin CEO says

Redfin stock dives after top exec says sudden downfall is expected to continue in August and September

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08/10/2018

Built for a gusher of development, Delaware County wastewater plant takes a trickle

The lonely buildings just west of the Scioto River, on the western edge of Delaware County, should be buzzing with energy.

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08/09/2018

Housing Affordability Hits 10-Year Low in Second Quarter

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

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08/08/2018

West Leads Permits Growth; Northeast, Midwest See Declines

The number of single-family permits issued in the first six months of 2018 was 444,600, a 6.3% increase over where the nation was at the end of June 2017, when permits totaled 418,128.

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08/07/2018

Garbage Dump Gets a ‘Green’ Makeover in Builders’ Show Home

The New American Remodel 2019 will feature something truly unique for the International Builders’ Show — and especially for the desert region of Las Vegas — a lush, green, backyard orchard.

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08/07/2018

Statement from NAHB Chairman Randy Noel on States Receiving Section 404 Permitting Authority

Randy Noel, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a custom home builder from LaPlace, La., today issued a following statement in support of the Trump administration's announcement that clarifies over which waters states can assume Clean Water Act Section 404 permitting authority rather than the federal government.

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08/02/2018

BIA Preview Party & Parade of Homes Tickets Today!

A perfect thank-you for your clients and employees, discounted general admission tickets to the Parade of Homes are now on sale.

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08/02/2018

Parade of Homes

A perfect thank-you for your clients and employees, half-price general admission "VIP" tickets to the Parade of Homes are now on sale. BIA Members and REALTORS can purchase these VIP tickets online or at the Parade of Homes Ticket Booth during the event with proper identification.

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07/31/2018

$125 million project: AEP to build data center in Groveport

American Electric Power Co. plans to invest more than $125 million in a new data center on Hamilton Road, a project that aligns with the city of Groveport’s recently passed gateway corridor plan.

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07/31/2018

BWC payroll true-up reports are due by August 15

Prior to each policy year the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) establishes your estimated premium based on the most recent payroll that was reported to BWC.

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07/30/2018

2018 BIA Golf Classic Golf

Thank you to all who have signed up to register and sponsor for this year's BIA Golf Classic. The event is now sold out!

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07/29/2018

Share of Conventional Mortgages Continues to Rise

NAHB analysis of the most recent Quarterly Sales by Price and Financing published by the U.S. Census Bureau reveals that conventional loans accounted for 74.2% of new home sales in the first quarter of 2018, a 0.4-percentage-point increase over Q1 2018 and the highest share in a decade.

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07/19/2018

Homebuilder sentiment, still high, stalls as tariffs, labor and land drive up costs

U.S homebuilders are heartened by the strong demand and tight supply in today’s housing market, but they still can’t meet that demand as much as they might like.

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07/19/2018

NAHB Supports Trump's Workforce Development Plan; Pledges to Train 50,000 New Workers

Randy Noel, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a custom home builder from LaPlace, La., today issued a statement in support of the White House executive order on workforce development.

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07/19/2018

Call for Entries Now Open for NAHB's Sales and Marketing Awards--'The Nationals'

The National Association of Home Builders' national sales and marketing awards program--is open for entries.

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07/19/2018

Remodeling Confidence Increases Despite Rising Costs

The National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) posted a reading of 58 in the second quarter of 2018, up one point from the previous quarter.

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07/19/2018

54 cities in danger of a housing crisis

For most people, the housing crisis of 2008 is still a recent and painful memory of precisely how damaging a housing crisis can be. When housing markets aren’t working, it makes it much harder for people to invest in their future and build a home for their families.

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07/19/2018

Western States Lead Single-family Residential Permits Growth, Northeast Lags

Over the first five months of 2018, the total number of single-family permits issued year-to-date (YTD) nationwide reached 363,327. On a year-over-year basis, this is an 8.0% increase over the May 2017 level of 336,410.

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07/18/2018

2.4 Million Millennial-led Households are Missing

Movin’ ain’t easy, especially for today’s young adults trying to get into a place of their own.

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07/17/2018

Colors of decks explode as people seek to take indoor look outdoors

Decks are getting decked out. With shades that sound like summer cocktails — Havana gold or tiki torch, anyone?

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07/15/2018

On the House: Building own home answer to market blues

Trevor Wiley was tired of the hunt. He was tired of competing against a dozen other buyers and being outbid for homes.

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07/15/2018

Free Webinar by Ohio Concrete

Ohio Concrete is hosting a free webinar on July 24th to address exterior concrete scaling issues in Ohio.

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07/10/2018

Planet Oasis: Excitement in the air for project’s fun, tax dollars

Officials with Delaware County and Berkshire Township say they are excited by plans for a $2 billion, 350-acre entertainment-based development near the interchange of Interstate 71 and U.S. Route 36/state Route 37.

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07/10/2018

Count of Unfilled Construction Jobs Remains Near Cycle High

The count of unfilled jobs in the construction sector was flat in May, remaining near post-Great Recession high levels.

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07/10/2018

Home Affordability Watch, Q1: California Buyers, Keep Dreamin’

Your ability to own a home is affected by where you live. Even people with modest incomes can afford homes in Decatur, Illinois, the metropolitan area with the nation’s most affordable houses.

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07/10/2018

Attention Powell Residential Homebuilders

Effective Aug. 1, 2018, all new residential construction must have a sub-slab depressurization system (passive) installed

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07/03/2018

Groveport Gateway Plans

Developers now have a blueprint to follow as they scout locations along the two main corridors in the city of Groveport: Hamilton and Groveport roads.

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07/03/2018

Delaware City Considering Single Family Proposal

A proposed housing project that has lingered in the development stage since 2008 resurfaced during June 25′s meeting of Delaware City Council, when those working on the plan said they will ask the city to create a New Community Authority.

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07/03/2018

Delaware County Entertainment Complex Plans Announced

A major sports-and-entertainment tourist attraction is coming to Delaware County, designed to draw visitors from a multi-state region.

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07/03/2018

More BIA Parade of Homes Advertsting Opportunites

The BIA Parade is so important to our community that central Ohio’s top media sources love partnering with us. Thus, in addition to the BIA Parade of Homes Planbook and Event Guide, two other special advertising sections are in development, both featuring special advertising rates for BIA members, as well as editorial coverage of the Parade of Homes.

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07/02/2018

New-home sales rebound in May on hearty demand

For the year to date, sales are 8.8% higher than the same period in 2017

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07/02/2018

BIA Parade of Homes - Advertising Opportunities

The Dispatch Media Group is partnering with the BIA to put together two print pieces (the Event Guide and Planbook) that will be distributed to over 740,000 readers throughout our area.

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06/30/2018

Building Insider July/August Issue Online

The July/August issue of Building Insider Magazine, featuring Weaver Custom Homes, America's Floor Source, and Big Sandy Superstore Kitchens. Inspired. is now online. Follow the link to get detailed news on everything the BIA is working on.

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06/30/2018

Riverside Crossing Park: Open house to gather input about final phase 1 plan

Dublin residents will be able to offer feedback about the final development plan for the first phase of Riverside Crossing Park during an open house scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 11 in the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Rd.

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06/29/2018

Radon mitigation now mandatory in new builds

New homes and businesses constructed in Powell will be required to mitigate a cancer-causing gas that’s prevalent in Ohio.

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06/28/2018

5 Reasons to be Optimistic About Homeownership

After seesawing at around a 50–year low in recent years, the first three months of this year offered a glimmer of hope that the U.S. homeownership rate is ready to break out.

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06/28/2018

Genoa Township: Hawks Nest empty-nesters condo project lands approval

Genoa Township is preparing for a new community designed for empty-nesters.

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06/28/2018

Lane Avenue development: Referendum proponents await traffic study results

Residents who previously were opposed to plans for a second hotel and mixed-use project along West Lane Avenue and into the College Hill neighborhood are waiting for the results of a traffic-impact study to determine if they’ll challenge the proposal on the November ballot.

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06/28/2018

2018 CareWorksComp Partner Newsletter & Payroll true-up reports

JUNE! With the year almost half over, it seems as though much has already happened to make this an exciting year of changes. Please take notice of the approaching deadlines for June and July; highlighting the 2017 True-Up process beginning July 1, and the new premium installment due dates listed on your payment schedule.

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06/26/2018

Designers apply principles for indoor spaces to ‘outdoor living rooms’

Designers often talk about the perfect “outdoor living room,” but what really separates these outdoor-entertaining spaces from just a nice patio?

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06/25/2018

New Home Sales Rise to Highest Level This Year

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 6.7 percent in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 689,000 units after a downwardly revised April report, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.

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06/22/2018

Statement from NAHB Chairman Randy Noel on House Passage of Farm Bill

Randy Noel, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a custom home builder from LaPlace, La., issued a statement on House passage of the farm bill.

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06/21/2018

Merion Village and Weinland Park Make top 6 Hottest Housing Market

BIA Member, Tracy Coe, offers insights into why these two locations are as hot as they are.

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06/20/2018

Builders Discuss Rising Lumber Prices with Commerce Secretary Ross

Randy Noel, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a custom home builder from LaPlace, La., issued a following statement after the NAHB leadership met today with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to discuss the growing problem of escalating lumber prices that are being exacerbated by tariffs on Canadian lumber imports into the U.S.

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06/20/2018

Housing Starts Reach Post-Recession High in May as Permits Soften

Total housing starts rose 5 percent in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.35 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department.

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06/20/2018

International Builders’ Show Nearly One-Third of Multifamily Development Costs Stem From Regulations

Regulation imposed by all levels of government accounts for an average of more than 32% of multifamily development costs, according to new research released today by NAHB and the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC).

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06/20/2018

Submit Your Nomination for 2018 BIA Annual Awards and Hall of Fame

The BIA is accepting nominations from members for the 2018 Annual Awards and Hall of Fame inductions.

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06/19/2018

Statement from NAHB Chairman Randy Noel on Rules Pertaining to AHPs

Randy Noel, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a custom builder from LaPlace, La., today issued a statement regarding the Trump administration's finalized rule promoting association health plans.

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06/19/2018

LIXIL Americas, Makers of American Standard, Contribute to Skilled Labor Fund

"LIXIL America's support will further the efforts of the Skilled Labor Fund to tackle the skilled trades deficit that is stalling residential projects nationwide," said Ted Mahoney, a member of the Fund's Operating Committee and Chairman-Elect of the Endowment.

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06/19/2018

International Builders’ Show More than 170 Lawmakers Take a Stand for Homeownership

At the behest of NAHB, 171 members of Congress this week sent a joint letter to the Trump administration calling on the U.S. to resume talks with Canada to negotiate a new softwood lumber trade agreement.

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06/19/2018

Vacation Home Markets Have Yet to Rebound From Housing Bust

Homes in vacation markets saw an exaggerated boom and bust over the past decade and have been slower to recover than homes in other markets.

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06/17/2018

More condos coming to Bridge Park in Dublin amid increased demand

BIA member, Crawford Hoying, has submitted plans for Block H, an area bound by John Shields Parkway, Dale Drive, Tuller Ridge Drive and Mooney Street.

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06/16/2018

In May's red-hot housing market, homes sold in record time

The average home sold in May went under contract in just 34 days, according to real estate broker Redfin.

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06/16/2018

Robots: An Answer to Labor Shortages, High Lumber Prices?

While demand for new homes continues to rise, fewer workers are entering the industry as the existing labor forces ages into retirement.

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06/15/2018

Statement from NAHB Chairman Randy Noel on Congressional Lumber Letter

Randy Noel, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a custom home builder from LaPlace, La., today commented on a congressional letter signed by 172 members of Congress urging the Trump administration to restart lumber trade talks with Canada.

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06/14/2018

More than 30 Percent of Multifamily Development Cost Attributable to Regulation, According to New Study

Regulation imposed by all levels of government accounts for an average of 32.1 percent of multifamily development costs, according to new research released today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC). In fact, in a quarter of cases, that number can reach as high as 42.6 percent.

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06/14/2018

Average Remodeling Job Costs Nearly $8K

Homeowners who remodel in 2018 will spend an average of $7,893 on each project, according to NAHB’s recent projections of spending by ZIP code for each of over 26,000 ZIP codes across the United States.

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06/13/2018

Epcon plans standalone condos along Riverside Drive

Columbus builder Epcon Communities plans to build 81 standalone condominiums on the east side of Riverside Drive, on land now occupied by four large estates overlooking the Scioto River.

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06/13/2018

Forest Service Pledges Largest Timber Harvest in 20 Years

In a victory for NAHB, Interim Forest Service Chief Victoria Christiansen told Congress yesterday that the Forest Service expects its 2018 timber harvest will be the biggest in 20 years

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06/12/2018

As development goes vertical, will neighborhoods be harmed?

Plans for a six-story hotel and a pair of three-story apartment buildings have made some German Village residents antsy.

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06/12/2018

NAHB Seeks Safe Harbor for Quarterly Filers

NAHB has called on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide a safe harbor for anxious home builders and other small businesses that pay estimated quarterly taxes but don’t yet know how recent tax reform legislation will be implemented – and thus may underpay.

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06/11/2018

New Democrat Coalition Calls for Building Millions More Housing Units

The New Democrat Coalition, a group of moderate House Democrats, has released a white paper seeking to find a solution to chronic problems facing the housing industry.

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06/10/2018

Donate Building Materials to the Builders Boneyard

The Professional Women in Building (PWB) are accepting items such as building products, appliances, cabinets, plumbing fixtures, lighting, flooring as well as furnishings décor items just to name a few.

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06/09/2018

Hot housing market shows no signs of cooling off, frustrating buyers

New data released shows U.S. home prices have continued their ascent, reinforcing predictions that prospective homebuyers will face an incredibly competitive market this spring and summer.

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06/08/2018

Homes.com asked people to build their perfect home.

The 2018 American dream home consisted of 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, hardwood floors, an open kitchen, and walk-in closets.

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06/08/2018

Madison students leave lasting impression with high school entryway project

This shows what students have learned, and not just in masonry and carpentry. It tested communication, problem-solving skills, geometry, science with the hydration that mount rocks to the wall and more.

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06/07/2018

The housing market is getting more unaffordable

Home prices nationwide jumped 6.9 percent in April from a year ago, according to the latest monthly value report from CoreLogic.

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06/06/2018

Trustees give nod to 35 homes, road connection

Dozens of new homes and a road connection soon will become a reality off Gooding Boulevard in Orange Township.

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06/06/2018

On the House: Suburbs’ original appeal still beckons

The Dispatch recently archived all its content, starting from 1871. For anyone interested in how communities change, the archives are a treasure-trove. What they demonstrate, more than anything, is that when it comes to housing expansion, things haven’t changed much.

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06/05/2018

Affordable-housing initiative spreading to more South Side neighborhoods

Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a nonprofit group plan to expand their affordable-housing program to the nearby Driving Park and Livingston Park neighborhoods, as well as another South Side area.

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06/05/2018

Construction of more new homes could ease inventory crunch

Millennials, Baby Boomers, and investors may all be going after the same affordable inventory of homes

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06/04/2018

Northstar Surfaces Open House

Join Northstar Surfaces on June 14th for an Open House event and be amazed by the wonders of Mother Nature in our large variety of Granite, Marble, and Quartzite slabs.

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06/03/2018

Sales & Marketing Council (SMC) FREE Summer Picnic & Social

Free event open to all BIA members, SMC members, and their guests!

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06/02/2018

Home prices are still on a tear, Case-Shiller says

Winter weather has lingered much longer than usual in much of the country, potentially impacting housing.

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06/01/2018

Homeownership Is Primary Driver of U.S. Household Wealth

As the nation's home builders celebrate National Homeownership Month in June, new research shows a household's primary residence is its largest asset and continues to provide an important building block for long-term financial security.

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06/01/2018

Construction Employment Increased in 256 Metro Areas in April 2018

Construction employment increased in 256 out of 358 metro areas between April 2017 and April 2018, declined in 63 and was unchanged in 39. Some areas of Ohio experienced growth while others saw a decline.

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