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05/28/2020

Home-building industry can solve challenge of housing the vulnerable

Columbus Dispatch Op-Ed Posted at 4:15 AM

"Tackling a housing shortage is not going to be easy. It is going to take innovation on the part of builders and developers, strong focus from local governments and engagement from leaders in our community who care greatly about central Ohio," - said BIA Executive Director, Jon Melchi

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05/28/2020

New Albany council mulls 63.5-acre annexation for housing development

By SARAH SOLE THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted May 19, 2020 at 7:12 PM Updated May 20, 2020 at 2:20 PM

A residential developer wants to build an empty-nester housing development on land at Central College Road and Jug Street

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05/27/2020

Better New-Home Sales Data Points to a Housing Recovery

By Lisa Beilfuss May 26, 2020 11:16 am ET Order Reprints Print Article

The Census Bureau said Tuesday that new-home sales increased 0.6% in April from a month earlier

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05/27/2020

Why one economist is not worried about April's housing market slowdown

By Tristan Navera – Staff reporter, Columbus Business First 5 hours ago

The average sales price of homes in April 2020 was up 3.4% from the same time in 2019.

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05/26/2020

Bidding wars in a pandemic? Housing is heating up fast

PUBLISHED WED, MAY 20 20202:00 PM EDTUPDATED WED, MAY 20 20208:49 PM EDT

More than 41% of homes faced a bidding war in the four weeks ending May 10, according to Redfin. That’s

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05/26/2020

Some major Columbus development projects on hold while others move forward

By Jim Weiker The Columbus Dispatch Posted May 23, 2020 at 10:41 AM

A plan to build offices, residences and a parking garage on South 3rd Street across from the Statehouse has been paused because of the crisis.

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05/21/2020

The Audacity of Slope: The Economy in 2020 and Beyond

Palmer-Donavin - 05.19.20 by Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D.

BIA Member Palmer-Donavin used Dr. Elliot Eisenberg for a guest author on their website. This article is his perspective on how our industry and economy will recover after the pandemic.

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05/20/2020

Coronavirus Could be New Housing Crisis for Communities of Color

Bloomberg May 20, 2020, 5:30 AM

Economic fallout hits minorities still recovering from last downturn

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05/20/2020

Creating the Workforce Needed to Build Housing

Up for Growth May 15, 2020 | Mike Kingsella and Melissa Winkler

Now, as COVID-19 creates an unprecedented public and health and economic crisis, an already struggling housing ecosystem faces a new stress it is ill equipped to handle

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05/19/2020

SBA and Treasury Release PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

The form and instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans, consistent with the CARES Act

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05/19/2020

Coronavirus Dents Multifamily Development

MHN By Joe Gose

New supply expectations fall this year, but future construction impact hinges on the downturn’s severity and length.

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05/18/2020

Covid-19 threatens to upend Columbus' progress on housing stability

By Tristan Navera – Staff reporter, Columbus Business First May 15, 2020, 4:16pm EDT

The pandemic has strained virtually every juncture of the social safety net across Ohio

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05/16/2020

Housing Relief Skips Three Fifths of U.S. Households

MHN By Greg Isaacson

A new report by Amherst finds that nearly 39 percent of U.S. households have received government assistance with the cost of their accommodations.

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05/15/2020

As Buyers Return to the Housing Market, There Aren't Enough Homes for Sale

Marketplace Amy Scott May 13, 2020

Realtor.com predicts sales will rebound through the summer, before falling again later in the year

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05/15/2020

The Power of Membership: BIA of Central Ohio and Treplus Communities

Guest blog submitted by Treplus Communites

As a niche segment of multi-family homebuilders, Treplus benefits from the power of membership in many ways.

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05/14/2020

House Relief Package Would Allow Trade Associations to Access Business Loans

NAHB May 13

NAHB has been working diligently to ensure that as Congress develops the next economic relief package

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05/14/2020

Mortgage applications from buyers jump 11%, signaling the spring housing market may not be a total loss

CNBC PUBLISHED WED, MAY 13 20207:00 AM EDTUPDATED 6 HOURS AGO

The gain came even though average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages rose from a record low 3.40% to 3.43%.

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05/14/2020

Housing is Key to the Recovery

Up for Growth May 8, 2020 | Mike Kingsella and Melissa Winkler

The labor market, public health, and the overall economy have experienced unprecedented loss because of COVID-19; all three have a direct nexus with housing.

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05/13/2020

Affordable Housing at fore as BREAD moves action event to Zoom

By Danae King The Columbus Dispatch Posted May 12, 2020 at 8:30 PM Updated at 6:30 AM

BREAD’s Nehemiah Action event moves to Zoom, emphasizes COVID’s impact on affordable housing

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05/13/2020

Housing Affordability Down Due to Economic Losses Stemming from COVID-19 Pandemic

NAHB May 7, 2020

To account for the pandemic’s effects, the HUD estimates were reduced consistent with NAHB’s economic forecast for 2020.

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05/12/2020

Your Agent Outreach Strategy Is More Important Than Ever

BDX MAY 7, 2020

Now is the time to make sure you are educating agents about new homes and arming them with the information and tools they need to sell your homes

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05/12/2020

Editorial: COVID-19 pandemic worsens the housing crisis

Columbus Dispatch Posted May 10, 2020 at 4:33 AM

It’s no wonder the drum beat is growing for Congress to include housing relief in the fourth and next coronavirus stimulus package that is expected to be hammered out in coming weeks.

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05/12/2020

Americans are buying homes again, mortgage data shows

HousingWire May 6, 2020, 11:28 am By Kathleen Howley Share On

Purchase applications gain 6% while mortgage refinancings drop, MBA says

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05/11/2020

Builders and Developers Council Latest Virtual Meeting

Liberty Township Trustee Bryan Newell was the guest speaker for the Council.

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05/11/2020

Home Buyers Bearish on Affordability

NAHBFiled in Affordability, Economics, Homeownership, Housing Trends on May 5, 2020

only 23% of buyers can afford half or more of the homes for sale in their markets

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05/11/2020

Why Home Prices Are Rising During the Pandemic

WSJ By Nicole Friedman Updated May 5, 2020 11:41 am ET

While buyer demand has softened and sales fell 8.5% in March, the supply of homes on the market is contracting even faster

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05/10/2020

Signals of a rebound in buyer and renter demand

The Washington Post By Michele Lerner May 6, 2020 at 5:30 a.m. EDT

Stay-at-home guidelines haven’t stopped people from virtually looking for a new place to live.

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05/10/2020

Jobsite Safety and Recordkeeping Guidance for Coronavirus

NAHB

The plan describes how to prevent worker exposure to coronavirus, protective measures to be taken on the jobsite, personal protective equipment and more

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05/09/2020

Homeowners think twice about selling during coronavirus pandemic

By Jim Weiker The Columbus Dispatch Posted May 7, 2020 at 2:11 PM

Nationally, the number of new listings fell 45% from last April to this April

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05/08/2020

New NAHB Video Toolbox Talk Provides Guidance on Coronavirus Safety

NAHB Filed in Disaster Response, Labor, Safety and Health on May 6, 2020

The video, available in English and Spanish, is intended to provide live examples of guidance NAHB has provided to members during the coronavirus crisis

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05/08/2020

Economic Downturn Threatens Cities' Plans to Sell Housing Bonds

Next City JARED BREY MAY 5, 2020

The scope of the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on cities’ budgets has yet to be seen, but it’s sure to be destructive.

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05/07/2020

How will COVID-19 affect affordable housing?

by Kasi Johnston30 Apr 2020

New affordable housing projects may be delayed as equity investors are taking a wait-and-see approach as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds.

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05/07/2020

California YIMBY to Host Webinar With Author Randy Shaw Thursday, May 7

MAY 3, California YIMBY

Randy Shaw is the Executive Director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, San Francisco’s leading provider of housing for homeless single adults.

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05/06/2020

Will NE Ohio Consider Government Consolidations in Response to Financial Pressures?

Cleveland.com Posted May 04, 2020

Economic woes spawned by coronavirus crisis resurrecting talk of mergers, regional cooperation

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05/06/2020

COVID-19 Housing Relief And Recovery: What Should The Feds Do?

FORBES May 4, 2020,09:30am EDT Roger Valdez

A strong statement urging state and local governments to let eviction bans expire and attaching strings to subsidies and credits are the first steps

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05/05/2020

The COVID-19 crisis could push home values lower

USA Today Maurie BackmanThe Motley Fool

Many homeowners may be concerned that their properties will start to drop in value as workers increasingly lose their jobs and spending declines as a whole.

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05/05/2020

Where Home Prices Are Heading in the Age of Coronavirus

Money BY DANIEL BORTZ APRIL 30, 2020

Pending home sales went up 6.2% in the week ending April 19, Zillow reports

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05/05/2020

Homebuilders Suddenly see Sales Jump as Renters Flee Small Urban Apartments

CNBC PUBLISHED MON, APR 27 202011:03 AM EDTUPDATED MON, APR 27 202011:45 AM EDT

In the initial four weeks of the national shutdown, sales of newly built homes began falling precipitously, down 85% from normal spring activity by the fourth week.

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05/04/2020

Americans Continue to Face Housing Insecurity During Coronavirus Crisis Despite Some States Offering Protections

wbur April 30, 2020 Tonya Mosley Serena McMahon

under the CARES Act, the federal government has placed a temporary delay on federally insured single-family properties

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05/04/2020

Housing Advocates Sound Alarm as May Rents Collide With Coronavirus

The Hill BY NIV ELIS - 04/29/20 06:00 AM EDT

The average monthly housing cost for an American household is nearly $1,500

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05/03/2020

Homeless advocates worry coronavirus will outlast money

By Bill Bush The Columbus Dispatch Posted Apr 27, 2020 at 12:53 PM

The city of Columbus contributed to the emergency expansion by dedicating the entire $1 million that the City Council appropriated to a COVID-19 Human Services Fund on March 16

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05/02/2020

Homeownership in the U.S. reached a nearly 8-year high B.C. (before coronavirus)

Housing Wire April 28, 2020, 1:23 pm By Ben Lane

The rate rose to 65.3%, a gain of 1.1% over the first quarter of 2019

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05/02/2020

Mortgage Companies Get Relief

Politico By KATY O'DONNELL and VICTORIA GUIDA 04/21/2020 01:40 PM EDT

Housing regulator bows to pressure to aid struggling mortgage companies

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05/01/2020

Coronavirus hasn't stopped luxury senior high-rise planned at the edge of Victorian Village

Columbus Business FirstBy Carrie Ghose – Staff reporter, Columbus Business First Apr 29, 2020, 2:01pm EDT

So far 26 buyers have paid deposits, and none has backed out.

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05/01/2020

Delaware County Tax Relief includes Business

By Dean Narciso The Columbus Dispatch Posted Apr 27, 2020 at 1:07 PM

Coronavirus: Delaware County seeks tax relief for businesses and homeowners

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04/30/2020

M/I Homes sees Covid-19 begin to eat into home sales

Columbus Business First By Tristan Navera – Staff reporter, Columbus Business First an hour ago

The company is likely not to see an immediate slowdown

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04/30/2020

Delaware County Details Small Business Support Programs

By PAUL COMSTOCK Posted Apr 22, 2020 at 3:20 PM Updated Apr 22, 2020 at 3:25 PM

Cash earmarked for Delaware County small businesses, individuals

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04/29/2020

Epcon looks past pandemic to launch new communities

By Jim Weiker The Columbus Dispatch Posted Apr 27, 2020 at 11:09 AM

While central Ohio’s economy crawls through the coronavirus pandemic, Epcon Communities is marching forward on at least three new housing communities.

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04/29/2020

Building dense cities was California’s cure for the housing crisis. Then came coronavirus

Los Angeles Times By LIAM DILLONSTAFF WRITER APRIL 26, 20206 AM UPDATED 10:25 AM

Even some ardent urbanists worry that the speed with which the virus devastated packed neighborhoods could lead to a backlash against cities.

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04/28/2020

Anxious employers ready to get back to work

By Mark Williams The Columbus Dispatch Posted Apr 27, 2020 at 4:35 PM

The BIA weighed in: "People are concerned about safety when they get back to work. We’ve had a month in the construction industry to show how it’s done.”

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04/28/2020

Americans Pulled Back From Home Purchases in March as Coronavirus Spread

The Wall Street Journal By Harriet Torry and Nicole Friedman Updated April 21, 2020 10:43 am ET

Sales of previously owned homes marked biggest month-over-month decline since November 2015

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04/27/2020

Is it a good time to buy a house? Poll shows shift as coronavirus hurts real estate sales

Jessica Guynn USA TODAY April 25, 2020

The 50% of U.S. adults who say it is a good time to purchase a home is the lowest Gallup has measured

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04/27/2020

COVID-19 Paused the Housing Market. What Happens Next?

Curbed By Jeff Andrews Apr 23, 2020, 9:52am EDT

Reports suggest home prices are unlikely to move

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04/25/2020

Housing Demand may Have Started to Bounce Back From Coronavirus Impact

CNBC PUBLISHED THU, APR 23 202012:46 PM EDT UPDATED THU, APR 23 20201:18 PM EDT

While traffic to Zillow listings in some markets is still way down from a year ago, the national total jumped 13% annually for the week ending April 13.

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04/25/2020

U.S. Housing Protections Limited Amid COVID-19, Scorecards Show

U.S. News By Katelyn Newman, Staff Writer April 20, 2020, at 1:14 p.m.

And while some states have issued eviction and foreclosure moratoriums during the coronavirus pandemic, most of those protections are neither widespread nor long-lasting, new scorecards show.

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04/24/2020

Delaware Council Discusses Opening Up Economy

By PAUL COMSTOCK Posted Apr 15, 2020 at 2:26 PM Updated Apr 15, 2020 at 2:30 PM

Delaware leaders praise governor’s actions -- but wonder what’s next

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04/24/2020

Congress set to pass $483 billion coronavirus aid bill as Trump eyes next deal

By Lisa Mascaro and Andrew Taylor, ASSOCIATED PRESS Posted at 5:25 AM

Most of the funding, $331 billion, would go to boost a small-business payroll loan program that ran out of money last week.

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04/24/2020

Montana Launches Housing Assistance Program For Families Affected By COVID-19

Montana Public Radio By RACHEL CRAMER • APR 17, 2020

To be eligible for the state’s Emergency Housing Assistance program, applicants must have at least one child under the age of 18 and a substantial loss of income due to COVID-19.

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04/23/2020

Pataskala Concerned As Licking County Building Continues

Newark Advocate Kent Mallett, Newark AdvocatePublished 9:35 p.m. ET April 18, 2020

Home building in Licking County set for busy year before COVID-19 shutdowns

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04/23/2020

Register for this Week’s NAHB Coronavirus Response Webinars

NAHB

Keep Your Traffic Flowing: A Marketing Playbook for COVID-19 (Part 2) — April 23, 2 p.m. ET

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04/23/2020

What to Know About Housing and Rent During the COVID-19 Emergency

Next City JARED BREY APRIL 21, 2020

Homeowners with federally backed loans should expect to see no foreclosure notices until at least the middle of May, under the terms of the CARES Act.

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04/23/2020

These are the cities where stimulus checks will help homeowners and renters the most

MarketWatch Published: April 17, 2020 at 6:06 a.m. ET By Jacob Passy

Only 8% of homeowners in San Francisco would be able to cover their monthly mortgage payment with the amount they receive in their stimulus checks

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04/22/2020

BWC Returns up to $1.6 Billion to Ohio Employers

Bureau of Workers' Comp 2020 Dividend FAQ

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04/22/2020

Another U.S.-Wide Housing Slump Is Coming

By Danielle DiMartino Booth April 10, 2020, 7:00 AM EDT

The coronavirus pandemic will cause many cash-strapped Americans to sell their homes, flooding the market with excess supply.

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04/22/2020

Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio Requesting Bids from Subcontractors

All bids are due no later than 2:00 PM April 24th, 2020

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04/21/2020

Millennials and How They've Changed Housing

Mortgage Daily BY: JANN SWANSON April 10, 2020

The Census Bureau says the homeownership rate for those 25 to 34 years of age increased from 36.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018.

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04/21/2020

Construction Industry hit Hard, Even as States Deem it an 'Essential Service'

Sarah Paynter Reporter Yahoo FinanceApril 15, 2020

Looking ahead, disruptions are likely to continue, since the pipeline of new projects likely won’t break ground during the pandemic

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04/21/2020

US home construction collapsed 22.3% in March

CNBC PUBLISHED THU, APR 16 20208:35 AM EDT

U.S. home-building activity collapsed in March as the coronavirus spread, with housing starts tumbling 22.3% from a month ago.

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04/20/2020

To Say No to Fossil Fuels, Environmentalists Must Say Yes to Housing

Up for Growth April 17, 2020 | Anthony Dedousis, Joanna Gubman, Phillip Kobernick, and Zack Subin

Governments must address the housing shortage and target future growth to benefit the environment and the economy.

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04/20/2020

Fannie Mae: Home sales will decline by 15% in 2020 due to coronavirus, but what will happen to property prices?

Marketwatch Published: April 16, 2020 at 9:09 a.m. ET By Jacob Passy

Meanwhile, low-interest rates are expected to keep mortgage refinancing volumes high throughout the year

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04/19/2020

Julián Castro: Here's how we can Prevent the Next Housing Crisis

By Julián Castro for CNN Business Perspectives Updated 10:42 AM ET, Thu April 16, 2020

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04/19/2020

What is the COVID-19 Economic Downturn's Effect on Homebuilders?

Marketplace Amy Scott Apr 15, 2020

New survey data on Wednesday from the National Association of Homebuilders shows builder confidence fell the most ever in a month, to 30

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04/19/2020

Rural Housing Losses Feared Despite Rescue Spending

By Ellyn Ferguson Posted April 13, 2020 at 6:00am

Initial relief means bills must be paid later

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04/18/2020

Here's how Ohio's new Office of Small Business Relief hopes to live up to its name

By Tristan Navera – Staff reporter, Columbus Business First Apr 14, 2020, 10:17am EDT

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced the launch of the new Office of Small Business Relief

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04/17/2020

For renters, an affordable housing crisis was already raging. Then coronavirus hit

CityMetric By Adam Sneed

Nearly 17 million Americans filed new unemployment claims in the past three weeks, and job losses hit the service and retail sectors especially hard.

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04/17/2020

Almost 30% of Americans, Mostly Millennials, Will use Coronavirus Stimulus Checks for Housing Costs: Survey

By: Sarah Paynter April 14, 2020 | Yahoo Finance

Millennials were the most likely to plan to use stimulus checks to cover housing costs

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04/17/2020

COVID-19 National Impact on Home Building Industry

HousingWire April 8, 2020, 2:30 pm By Julia Falcon

With construction labor and materials already at record lows, what will the repercussions be after COVID-19?

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04/16/2020

MORPC Promotes Cooperation

ThisWeek By WILLIAM MURDOCK Posted Apr 12, 2020 at 7:15 AM

MORPC Matters: Central Ohio governments work together during coronavirus pandemic

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04/16/2020

What Will America’s Housing Market Look Like After The Coronavirus Pandemic Ends?

FORBES Apr 12, 2020,07:30pm EDT Peter Lane Taylor

In America’s fifth-most populous city, where construction and housing have been booming after decades of stagnating development, swinging a hammer is technically, temporarily illegal.

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04/15/2020

Here’s why it’s suddenly much harder to get a mortgage, or even refinance

PUBLISHED MON, APR 13 202011:42 AM EDTUPDATED MON, APR 13 20205:08 PM EDT Diana Olick

Mortgage credit availability in March fell to the lowest level in five years

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04/15/2020

Economic Outlook: Layoffs Continue but Virus’ Growth Rate Slows

NAHB April 10

The latest weekly economic analysis from NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz on the COVID-19 pandemic

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04/14/2020

How to Keep Buyer Traffic Flowing Despite COVID-19

NAHB April 9

NAHB will host a webinar in partnership with the online sales and marketing group Do You Convert on Thursday, April 16, from 2-3 p.m. ET.

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04/14/2020

A third of U.S. renters didn't pay the rent on time this month

CBS BY KHRISTOPHER J. BROOKS APRIL 8, 2020 / 4:50 PM / MONEYWATCH

Those financial struggles come as millions of workers around the country are being laid off

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04/14/2020

Construction Halts Grow, Straining Both Housing And Financing Markets

FORBES Dima Williams Contributor

Halted construction projects make up 16% of the over 29,500 loans in Built’s system.

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04/13/2020

Pandemic brings uncertainty to market

Columbus Dispatch Posted Apr 12, 2020 at 6:01 AM

Many buyers and sellers are worried about making a move right now, which makes us think real estate has already come to a near-complete halt.

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04/13/2020

These U.S. housing markets are most vulnerable to a coronavirus downturn

MarketWatch Published: April 12, 2020 at 5:10 p.m. ET

Having a high number of coronavirus cases doesn’t necessarily make a housing market more likely to be impacted by the disease outbreak

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04/12/2020

From virtual showings to online notaries, the homebuying process is finally going digital

Curbed By Jeff Andrews Apr 6, 2020, 12:50pm EDT Share this story

Coronavirus might be forcing the long-predicted digital revolution in the real estate transaction

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04/11/2020

Apartment Industry Calls on Congress to Provide More Support to Renters, Rental operators

Forbes Brenda RichardsonSenior Contributor

On Tuesday, the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) and the National Apartment Association (NAA) applauded quick action by Congress and the Trump administration on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

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04/10/2020

NAHB: Protect Your Business

NAHB is committed to helping home building businesses impacted by the coronavirus and will continuously update this set of resources as more information becomes available.

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04/10/2020

5 Indicators That Will Show When the Housing Market is Rebounding from COVID-19

Housing Wire April 7, 2020, 6:31 pm By Logan Mohtashami

Insights on where the 10-year-yield needs to be and more

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04/09/2020

Coronavirus In Ohio: Homebuilding Industry Prepares For Long-Term Fallout

WOSU By ADORA NAMIGADDE

(Jon) Melchi says the current economic situation could lead more people in the future to consider homeownership.

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04/08/2020

Tax-sharing deal for Evans Farm gets nod from Orange, Concord townships

By JIM FISCHER THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Apr 6, 2020 at 5:35 PM Updated Apr 7, 2020 at 2:03 PM

Orange Township trustees unanimously approved the creation of the tax district at its March 16 meeting.

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04/08/2020

After the CARES Act, What's Next for Housing?

Up for Growth April 3, 2020 | Mike Kingsella and Melissa Winkler

The CARES Act contains several provisions that either directly or indirectly address housing

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04/07/2020

Real Estate Market Holding Strong Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WhoTv.com by: Maria Lisignoli Posted: Apr 5, 2020 / 06:21 PM CDT / Updated: Apr 5, 2020 / 06:21 PM CDT

Despite the industry seeing an overall downtick in people selling and buying, realtors say it’s not all negative

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04/07/2020

The COVID-19 Recession Might not be as bad for Housing as the Last one

Barron's Shaina Mishkin April 2, 2020 12:52 pm ET

While home prices plunged during the 2008 downturn, any price declines in today’s housing market will likely be nominal, the analysts write, thanks to a historically low inventory of homes for sale.

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04/06/2020

NAHB Coronavirus Webinar Series Continues This Week

NAHB Filed in Disaster Response, Membership on April 6, 2020

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04/06/2020

Shelter from the storm: Mortgage refinancing rises in coronavirus crisis

By Jim Weiker The Columbus Dispatch Posted Apr 3, 2020 at 1:57 PM

Americans desperate for cash during the coronavirus crisis might be turning to a familiar place: their home.

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04/06/2020

U.S. Mortgage Rates Fall While Housing Market Grinds to a Halt

Bloomberg By Prashant Gopal April 2, 2020, 10:00 AM EDT

The average rate for a 30-year loan was 3.33%, down from 3.5% last week, Freddie Mac said in a statement Thursday.

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04/05/2020

REALTORS SERVE UP TIPS FOR VIRTUAL SHOWINGS

Learn three key tips to help your business pivot to a virtual experience, remain effective, and keep your clients well informed.

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04/04/2020

Rent's due. Now What? Experts Warn a Housing Crisis Shadows the Health Crisis

NBC News March 31, 2020, 12:50 PM EDT / Updated March 31, 2020, 5:44 PM EDT By Allan Smith

The efforts to help many Americans keep their homes are temporary and don't come close to addressing the scope of the problem.

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04/03/2020

NAHB Needs Your Input: Complete this Week’s Coronavirus Survey

NAHB April 3, 2020

Your feedback will help NAHB promote policies to keep the housing sector running with as little disruption as possible during this difficult time

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04/03/2020

February home sales jump to highest in over a decade, but big drop expected as coronavirus injects uncertainty

CNBC PUBLISHED FRI, MAR 20 202011:10 AM EDTUPDATED FRI, MAR 20 202011:19 AM EDT Diana Olick

Low supply pushed the median home price in February up 8% annually to $270,100.

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04/02/2020

Residential Construction Continuing

By Dean Narciso The Columbus Dispatch Posted Mar 31, 2020 at 4:58 AM Updated Mar 31, 2020 at 6:27 AM

The Building Industry Association of Ohio says work will keep going, as long as materials from overseas continue to arrive.

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04/02/2020

Homebuilders Face The Effects Of Coronavirus

FORBES Dima Williams Contributor

From FaceTime showings of model homes to virtual-reality tours that allow shoppers to change features such as countertops and wall colors, technology serves a buffer to the current drop in foot traffic to homebuilders’ sales rooms.

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04/02/2020

Homebuilders: An essential business that “backstops the economy”

HousingWire March 26, 2020, 5:35 pm By Kelsey Ramírez

Essential workers keep housing market rolling

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04/02/2020

Economist: 'We're Gonna Have a Shutdown in the Housing Market

Sarah Paynter Reporter Yahoo Finance March 23, 2020

Despite a pause in the housing market, homes and other real estate assets will likely retain their value compared to stocks and other invisible assets

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04/01/2020

Most Ohio communities lack resources to protect homeless from coronavirus, study finds

Tristan Navera – Staff reporter, Columbus Business First 3 hours ago

For Ohio's estimated 10,000 homeless people, coronavirus presents an unprecedented danger.

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04/01/2020

Why a Fight Over Homeless People Could Determine how Much Coronavirus Hurts California

Los Angeles Times By BENJAMIN ORESKES, ANITA CHABRIA, DOUG SMITH MARCH 27, 20204 AM

Some cities and counties are rushing to open mass shelters and drawing up plans for how to leave some people outdoors.

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03/31/2020

COVID-19: How the Coronavirus is Impacting the Housing Industry

PROBUILDER March 16, 2020

With quarantines and stay-at-home orders in place, builders may run up against disruptions in the supply chain or with contractor availability.

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03/30/2020

COVID-19 Economic Relief Passes the Senate. How Does Housing Fare?

Up for Growth March 26, 2020 | Mike Kingsella and Melissa Winkler

The CARES Act provides a 15% increase to the Public Housing Fund, while also appropriating monies for Native Americans, persons with AIDS, the elderly, and persons with disabilities

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03/30/2020

‘Golden Gates’ Review: Build It Here, Build It Now

The Wall Street Journal By Brandon Fuller March 16, 2020 6:36 pm ET

There’s a growing bipartisan consensus that regulatory burdens in local housing markets impede economic growth and upward mobility.

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03/29/2020

One Columbus CEO: Coronavirus creates an 'unprecedented' challenge for economic development

By Tristan Navera – Staff reporter, Columbus Business First 30 minutes ago

Scores of businesses are closed and hundreds of thousands of people are out of work as the state's stay-at-home order continues.

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03/28/2020

Density is Normally Good for Us. That Will be True After Coronavirus, too.

The New York Times By Emily Badger March 24, 2020, 10:31 a.m. ET

The very thing that has made cities vulnerable in a pandemic has protected them in other disasters.

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03/27/2020

Up for Growth: Federal Advocacy Alert

A Lasting Win for Housing Supply

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03/27/2020

What the $2 Trillion Stimulus Package Means for Housing

FORBES Dima Williams

Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae may not execute foreclosures—or foreclosure-related evictions—for 60 days starting March 18.

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03/27/2020

Mortgage Applications Fall Significantly as Coronavirus Continues to hit Housing Market

Housing Wire March 25, 2020, 7:00 am By Alcynna Lloyd

The conventional and government indices drop to the lowest level in March

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03/27/2020

Low Rates Won’t Fix Housing Market’s Strains

The Wall Street Journal By Gwynn Guilford March 11, 2020 8:00 am ET

Plunging Mortgage Rates Might Not End U.S. Housing Doldrums

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03/27/2020

Single-Family Starts Strong in February Before March Challenges

BY ROBERT DIETZ on MARCH 18, 2020

The three-month moving average for single-family construction is currently at a post-recession high.

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03/26/2020

NAHB Podcast: Senate Passes Stimulus Package

March 26, 2020

NAHB Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin outlines the provisions in the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package passed by the Senate late Wednesday night.

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03/26/2020

Construction Industry's Workers Divided Over Staying on the job During Coronavirus Shutdown

The Seattle Times March 24, 2020 at 6:58 pmBy Katherine Khashimova Long Seattle Times business reporter

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03/26/2020

Housing in Brief: What Landlords are Saying About Rent and Evictions During the Outbreak

Next City JARED BREY MARCH 20, 2020

The National Multifamily Housing Council, an apartment-industry group, sent a press release last week saying it was “actively working with Congress” to get financial assistance for people losing work because of the crisis, including rental assistance

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03/25/2020

Fed Takes Action to Keep Credit Flowing

NAHB March 23, 2020

The Fed will continue to purchase Treasury securities and mortgage-backed securities in amounts necessary “to support smooth market functioning.”

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03/25/2020

As Coronavirus Slows Real Estate Market, Agents Seek Support from Congress

By: Patrick Sisson March 19, 2020 | Curbed

Social distancing means “when they can’t show a property, they can’t earn a living”

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03/24/2020

Housing is Particularly Susceptible during COVID-19. How Should Congress Address These Challenges?

Up for Growth March 20, 2020 | Mike Kingsella and Melissa Winkler

The COVID-19 crisis has shone an even brighter light on the inequity and burden that the housing supply shortage takes on families and individuals.

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03/23/2020

Temporary Canada Border Closure Will Not Affect Trade

NAHB MARCH 18,2020

NAHB will continue to closely monitor the situation.

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03/22/2020

DeWine Stay at Home Order Exempts Homebuilding Industry

This afternoon, Governor Mike DeWine announced a “stay-at-home” order effective at 11:59 pm on Monday night to last through April 6th.

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03/22/2020

Existing Home Sales Hits 13-Year High in February

Unfortunately, this will mark the high water mark for some time due to virus concerns.

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03/21/2020

An Economic Update from NAHB’s Chief Economist

NAHB MARCH 20, 2020

NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz provides an analysis on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak

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03/21/2020

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, HUD Suspending all Foreclosures and Evictions

HousingWire March 18, 2020, 1:04 pm By Ben Lane

Foreclosure moratorium will last for 60 days

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03/20/2020

Sorry, millennials: A coronavirus-induced recession won’t help you buy a house

Curbed By Jeff Andrews Updated Mar 18, 2020, 4:41pm EDT

The 2008 recession yielded housing bargains in subsequent years, but that probably won’t be the case for the next one

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03/20/2020

Minnesota Is Latest State to Consider Ban on Single-Family Zoning

Reason CHRISTIAN BRITSCHGI | 3.11.2020 10:15 AM

State legislators want to allow duplexes statewide and eliminate local governments' ability to impose aesthetic design requirements.

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03/19/2020

Why the housing market might dodge the recession

HosuingWire March 17, 2020, 12:53 pm By Kathleen Howley Share On

Real estate couldn’t perform its traditional rescue role last time because it was on life support

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03/19/2020

Why does it cost so much to build new houses?

Marketplace Amy Scott Mar 11, 2020

According to the National Association of Home Builders, regulatory costs account for almost a quarter of the final sale price of a new home

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03/18/2020

Cancellation of CareWorks Comp's Spring Seminars

CareWorks Comp has canceled their spring safety seminars that were scheduled in May

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03/18/2020

Sizing up the Remaining Presidential Housing Plans

By: Jared Brey March 17, 2020 | Next City

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03/17/2020

How Coronavirus is Impacting the Housing Market

By: Jeff Andrews March 16, 2020 | Curbed

The economy is grinding to a halt. Will the housing market follow?

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03/16/2020

Washington Legislature Overwhelmingly Approves Extension of Key Housing Affordability Legislation

Up For Growth March 13, 2020 | Mike Kingsella and Melissa Winkler

The Senate passed HB 2950 on Thursday evening just before the session adjourned for 2020. It now heads to Governor Jay Inslee’s desk for signature.

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03/14/2020

San Diego Builders Help Defeat Anti-Housing Ballot Measure

NAHB March 11 2020

NAHB supported the defeat of the measure through its State and Local Issues Fund

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03/13/2020

Lawmakers want limits on cities' power to shape development, to lower housing costs

StarTribune By Eric Roper Star Tribune MARCH 10, 2020 — 5:25AM

Bills would limit rules that drive up prices .

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03/12/2020

Advocates urge action on affordable housing in central Ohio

By Rita Price The Columbus Dispatch By Mark Ferenchik The Columbus Dispatch Posted at 5:31 AM Updated at 8:20 AM

Advocates for central Ohio’s low-income families are calling on policymakers to move faster on solutions

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03/12/2020

Orange Township to Consider JEDD for Evans Farm

By JIM FISCHER THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Mar 9, 2020 at 6:35 PM Updated Mar 9, 2020 at 8:15 PM

Orange Township: JEDD could bolster Evans Farm’s town center

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03/12/2020

It’s All About How You Sell It

BDX MARCH 9, 2020 ALAINA LATIOLAIS

home shoppers may not have a great understanding of what we mean when we talk about smart home automation.

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03/12/2020

Around the Corner: 3D Housing Designed for the Homeless and Needy Seniors

Kasier Health News

The idea is to cut the time and as much as half the cost associated with traditional construction

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03/11/2020

How to Find the Right Builder For You

Seeking out a home builder that will meet your expectations involves targeted research and asking the right questions

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03/11/2020

Statement from HBI President and CEO Ed Brady on Department of Labor's Final Apprenticeship Rule

NAHB

Ed Brady, President and CEO of the Home Builders Institute (HBI)--the workforce training partner of NAHB--and a homebuilder of more than 30 years, issued a statement.

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03/11/2020

Statement from NAHB Chairman Dean Mon on Department of Labor's Final Apprenticeship Rule

NAHB

Dean Mon, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) issued a statement after the U.S. Department of Labor issued its final apprenticeship rule.

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03/10/2020

Free Webinar on Fall Safety in Roofing April 16

Falls are the leading cause of death in construction, but roofers are at an even greater risk

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03/10/2020

U.S. construction spending rises to an all-time high

Housing Wire March 2, 2020, 11:23 am By Alcynna Lloyd

At a seasonally adjusted annualized rate, construction outlays totaled $1.369 trillion in January

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03/09/2020

How Coronavirus is Impacting the Housing Market

By: Jeff Andrews March 6, 2020 | Curbed

Stocks are tanking as the virus spreads. Will housing follow?

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03/07/2020

Shipping containers to provide Las Vegas affordable housing

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MARCH 02, 2020 02:05 PM

The units are powered by solar panels and have efficient toilets that grind waste and push it to the sewage system.

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03/05/2020

First Minnesota ‘housing scorecard’ finds greatest housing shortage in decades

Written By: Bill Salisbury / St. Paul Pioneer Press | Feb 25th 2020 - 4pm.

The housing task force’s first goal was to make more affordable homes a priority.

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03/05/2020

Paving the Way for More Women on Construction Sites

PR NewswireMarch 2, 2020

Taylor Morrison celebrates Women in Construction Week by sharing female superintendents' stories

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03/05/2020

U.S. housing market is missing 3.3 million homes, Freddie Mac says

HousingWire March 2, 2020, 3:33 pm By Kathleen Howley

The shortage increases by about 300,000 a year as homebuilding lags

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03/04/2020

U.S. House Says Yes In My Backyard

March 2, 2020 | Up for Growth

Pro-housing legislation passes U.S. House of Representatives

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03/03/2020

Where were you on National Chili Day?

The BIA had their very own Chili Cook-Off hosted by Custom Distributors.

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03/03/2020

A Red-Blue Divide on Home Construction

NAHB

The fourth-quarter release of the HBGI examines all the counties in the U.S. based on the 2016 presidential candidate vote totals and sheds new light on red/blue county home building conditions

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03/03/2020

Solutions to the Housing Crisis Come in All Sizes – Including Small Homes

Up for Growth February 28, 2020 | Mike Kingsella

single-family homes can play an important role in increasing housing supply, too.

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03/02/2020

Editorial: Prosperity depends on more affordable housing

The Columbus Dispatch Posted Mar 1, 2020 at 4:31 AM Updated Mar 1, 2020 at 6:10 AM

Recent stories by reporters Jim Weiker and Mark Ferenchik highlight how hard it is becoming to buy a house in central Ohio, as emphasized by Columbus being named the seventh worst market in the nation for homebuyers in February

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02/29/2020

Worthington-based developer to move forward on suburban project after legal victory

By Tristan Navera – Staff reporter, Columbus Business First a day ago

A Licking County judge has sided with Wilcox Communities Ltd

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02/28/2020

Yes in My Backyard Act Reported out of Financial Services Committee

TREY February 28, 2020 Contact: Katie Webster

the YIMBY Act requires reporting under the existing Consolidated Plan on the implementation of certain land use policies

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02/28/2020

Downtown poised to hit 10,000 residents this year

By Jim Weiker The Columbus Dispatch Posted Feb 27, 2020 at 2:56 PM Updated at 8:17 AM

Downtown Columbus may reach 10,000 residents this year, the goal set by former Mayor Michael Coleman almost 20 years ago

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02/28/2020

The Housing Shortage Isn't Just a Coastal Problem

By: Justin Ho February 27, 2020 | Marketplace

The Freddie Mac report says there aren’t enough houses to meet demand in 29 states

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02/27/2020

Downtown Columbus could hit 10,000 residents this year.

By Tristan Navera – Staff reporter, Columbus Business First Feb 26, 2020, 2:45pm EST

The pace of population growth downtown is expected to accelerate during the next three years.

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02/27/2020

State of Delaware County

Delaware County is the fastest-growing county in the state and even in the country

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02/27/2020

Here's What Gen Z Actually Wants In Multifamily

February 19, 2020 Dean Boerner, Bisnow San Francisco Reporter

A generation of renters raised through the Great Recession, dwindling affordability and the advent of social media is leading to new and competing approaches to marketing housing.

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02/26/2020

New Home Sales Strong at Start of 2020

NAHB Feb 26

The monthly number is 18.6 percent higher than the January 2019 rate and the highest monthly sales pace since July 2007

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02/26/2020

Trump picks Dana Wade to serve as FHA commissioner

Housing Wire February 20, 2020, 5:53 pm By Ben Lane

Announces plans to nominate Wade to lead FHA

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02/25/2020

We need to build 1 million homes each year: NAHB president

FOX Business

Regulations are keeping us from building the proper amount of houses in affordable price ranges

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02/25/2020

White House slams big cities on housing, sees GDP growth below 2.5 percent

Politico By ZACHARY WARMBRODT 02/20/2020 01:14 PM EST

The report takes aim at cities including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, Denver and Baltimore.

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02/25/2020

Homebuilders still need more workers

MarketPlace Amy Scott Feb 18, 2020

With demand for housing back on the rise, builders need more workers than they can find

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02/24/2020

February Associates Council Meeting

Associate Profile: Distinctive Marble & Granite plus a recap of Kickstart 2020

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02/24/2020

Biden proposes $640B housing plan

The Hill BY ZACK BUDRYK - 02/24/20 08:29 AM EST

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden unveiled a $640 billion housing plan on Monday

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02/24/2020

A Luxury Apartment Rises in a Poor Neighborhood. What Happens Next?

The New York Times By Emily Badger Published Feb. 14, 2020 Updated Feb. 18, 2020

Economists say rents would fall. Neighbors fear rents would rise. New research tries to find the answer.

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02/23/2020

GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS HELP WORLD TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE

Associations Now BY RASHEEDA CHILDRESS / FEB 20, 2020

It has been 20 years since the U.S. Green Building Council introduced its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards.

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02/23/2020

Housing Affordability Chart Shows Market Realities That Builders Deal With

NAHB Feb. 13

Housing Affordability Crisis Explained in One Graph

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02/21/2020

Zillow Launches Affordable Housing Search Tool for Seattle

by Sarah Wray: Editor, SmartCitiesWorld

The tool aims to reduce the time it takes to manually look for available homes that are affordable and accessible.

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02/21/2020

Amid Climate And Housing Crises, Cities Struggle To Place Housing Near Transit

NPR February 16, 20209:00 AM ET Heard on All Things Considered

The new measure would lift current limitations on height and density within the transit villages

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02/20/2020

The Lakes Country Club is hosting an open house

Enjoy specialty sliders and appetizers along with beer, wine, and other beverages.

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02/20/2020

US housing starts fall, while building permits near a 13-year high

PUBLISHED WED, FEB 19 20208:30 AM ESTUPDATED WED, FEB 19 20202:35 PM EST

Building permits surged to a near 13-year high, pointing to sustained housing market strength amid lower mortgage rates.

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02/20/2020

Columbus is one of the country's toughest markets to find a home, report says

By Tristan Navera – Staff reporter, Columbus Business First 3 hours ago

Realtor.com has now named us one of the toughest places in the country to buy a house.

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02/20/2020

Upper Arlington Proposal Includes Condos

By NATE ELLIS THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Feb 11, 2020 at 6:05 PM Updated Feb 12, 2020 at 2:15 PM

Golden Bear developer hopes to strike TIF deal with Upper Arlington

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02/19/2020

Affordable/Small House Design by Moody Nolan

Builder | By Symone Garvett

New home design by this Columbus company has received some national attention as a potential model for affordable single-family homes and might be particularly suited for smaller, in-fill lots.

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02/19/2020

4 Central Ohio projects awarded Affordable Housing Program grants

By Tristan Navera – Staff reporter, Columbus Business First

Four developments promising 194 units of affordable housing have landed grants from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati.

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02/17/2020

The housing shortage is getting worse, report finds

By Mark Huffman 02/11/2020 | ConsumerAffairs

There are a far fewer homes for sale now than there was a year ago

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02/16/2020

Make way for Duplexes: Washington Could Join Oregon in Banning Single-Family-Only Zoning

By: Levi Pulkkinen February 14, 2020 | Investigate West

Construction of multifamily housing is seen by supporters as a win for the environment

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02/15/2020

Commercial/Multi-family Growth

DODGE Nicole Sullivan | AFFECT Public Relations & Social Media

Commercial and Multifamily Construction Starts Accelerated in Top Metro Areas in 2019

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02/14/2020

Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build

The New York Times By Conor Dougherty Published Feb. 13, 2020 Updated Feb. 14, 2020, 10:20 a.m. ET

When California’s housing crisis slammed into a wealthy suburb, one public servant became a convert to a radically simple doctrine.

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02/14/2020

Ranking Columbus: Here's how we compare with other fast-growing cities

By Logan Moore – Intern, Columbus Business First Jun 3, 2019, 6:49am EDT Updated Jun 3, 2019, 12:57pm EDT

Columbus saw an increase of 10,770 residents from July 2017 to July 2018, according to data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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02/14/2020

New Albany Adding Sewer Lines

By SARAH SOLE THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Feb 10, 2020 at 6:35 PM Updated Feb 10, 2020 at 7:31 PM

City Council roundup: New Albany adding more sewer lines in business park

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02/13/2020

Ginther State of the City: 2020 is 'year of action' on affordable housing

By Carrie Ghose – Staff reporter, Columbus Business First Feb 13, 2020, 7:59am EST Updated 2 hours ago

Good news coming out of the City of Columbus

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02/13/2020

This Year, Running for President Means Talking About the Housing Crisis

CityLimits AUTHOR Sadef Ali Kully DATE February 10, 2020

Some candidates have come up with comprehensive, ambitious housing plans while others have proposed more modest responses

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02/12/2020

Girls Night Out was the perfect platform for women in the industry to gather

Attendees of the event brought donations to support Turning Point Women's Shelter of Delaware

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02/12/2020

Reynoldsburg Council Opposing Multi-family Option in Rezoning

ThisWeek By KELLEY YOUMAN Posted Feb 10, 2020 at 6:35 PM Updated Feb 10, 2020 at 7:48 PM

Apartments have no home on Reynoldsburg’s Waggoner Road

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02/12/2020

U.S. Inventory of Homes for Sale Reaches Record low

Housing Wire February 7, 2020, 1:30 pm By Kathleen Howley

Supply shortage is choking the housing market and driving up prices

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02/12/2020

63 Million Households Are Unable to Afford a $250,000 Home

NAHB EYE ON HOUSING BY PAUL EMRATH on FEBRUARY 6, 2020 •

In January, NAHB released its new Priced-Out Estimates for 2020

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02/11/2020

South side housing development advances despite neighborhood pushback

By Tristan Navera – Staff reporter, Columbus Business First

Monday night, Columbus City Council voted 4-3 to approve the rezoning of the site

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02/11/2020

Career Builder's CEO: Young people are 'ghosting' employers

Denitsa Tsekova Reporter Yahoo Money February 10, 2020

Half of millennials and Gen Zers have ghosted an employer for a higher paying job opportunity elsewhere

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02/11/2020

Removing Barriers to Housing Will Require Action at all Levels of Government

Up For Growth February 7, 2020 | Mike Kingsella

The housing ecosystem is dynamic, and finding innovative solutions requires thoughtful engagement at all levels of government.

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02/11/2020

Homelessness Isn't Just a big City Problem

AXIOS KIM HART Feb 5, 2020 - Economy & Business

Homelessness is on the rise in many of America's biggest and most expensive cities — but it's a growing problem in rural areas, too.

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02/08/2020

New York City Wants More Basement Apartments to Tackle Housing Crunch

WSJ By Katie Honan Updated Feb. 6, 2020 6:05 pm ET

Mayor de Blasio announces plan during his State of the City address

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02/07/2020

2020 February Builders & Developers Council

The Builders and Developers Council met Wednesday, February 5 at 3:30 covering several topics from a MORPC presentation to updates in local counties.

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02/07/2020

Lumber Duties Could be Cut by More than 50% in August

NAHB Now Filed in Trade on February 7, 2020

Currently, duties average more than 20% on Canadian lumber shipments into the United States.

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02/07/2020

After 20 Years, Colorado May Reverse Decision That Limits Cities’ Affordable Housing Powers

By Andrew Kenney February 3, 2020

This could be the year that Colorado lawmakers give new powers to cities to encourage the construction of affordable housing

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02/07/2020

U.S. renters are richer, older, and have larger households

By Patrick Sisson Jan 31, 2020, 6:00am EST

New Harvard report finds market appealing to well-heeled renters, and middle-income renters feeling the squeeze

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02/06/2020

M/I Homes plans to ride cheaper homes to growth in 2020

By Tristan Navera – Columbus Business First 2 hours ago

M/I Homes is breaking company records and staking its future on a growing share of less expensive homes.

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02/06/2020

Will upzoning neighborhoods make homes more affordable?

By Diana Budds Jan 30, 2020, 1:00pm EST Illustration by Alyssa Nassner | Curbed

Cities and states across the country are proposing new upzoning laws to combat the housing crisis. Will they work?

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02/05/2020

Why 10 affordable homes in Franklinton represent a new model for the city-county land trust

By Carrie Ghose – Staff reporter, Columbus Business First 4 hours ago

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02/04/2020

Historic Near East Side school building transformed into apartments

By Tristan Navera – Staff reporter, Columbus Business First 3 hours ago

Exposed brick and wide windows are a common sight in the newest living option on the Near East Side.

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02/03/2020

The BIA will postpone 2020 BIA Parade of Homes

The Association will use the time to revitalize event

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02/02/2020

The new Housing Crisis

By: Felix Salmon January 30, 2020 | Axios

When home prices rise too much, there's no such urgency on the part of policymakers.

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01/31/2020

2020's housing market is coming in like a lion. Will it last?

Housing Wire January 30, 2020, 1:56 pm By Julia Falcon

There were only 1.4 million units available for sale in December, the lowest level in at least 20 years, according to the National Association of Realtors.

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01/31/2020

California’s SB50 bill to allow denser housing faces make-or-break vote

The San Fransisco Chronicles Alexei Koseff Jan. 29, 2020 Updated: Jan. 29, 2020 8:59 a.m.

SB50 would clear a path for denser housing around public transit and in wealthy suburbs

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01/29/2020

U.S. new home sales drop for third straight month in December

Reuters BUSINESS NEWS JANUARY 27, 2020 / 10:06 AM / UPDATED 4 HOURS AGO

The housing market is being supported by cheaper mortgage rates after the Federal Reserve cut interest rates three times last year.

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01/28/2020

Cincinnati passes bill giving renters alternatives to security deposits

NBC News Jan. 25, 2020, 1:01 PM EST By Safia Samee Ali

The city became the nation’s first to adopt such a monumental piece of housing legislation that requires landlords to offer accessible alternatives to the traditional lump sum security deposits.

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01/27/2020

Buyers pushed up prices in central Ohio’s affordable neighborhoods in 2019

By Jim Weiker The Columbus Dispatch Posted at 4:55 AM Updated at 8:11 AM

Home shoppers looking for big returns last year should have bypassed Upper Arlington, skipped Powell and driven by Dublin.

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01/27/2020

What's it going to take for the central Ohio housing market to even out?

By Tristan Navera – Columbus Business First an hour ago

Demand continues to outpace supply in the Central Ohio housing market.

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01/26/2020

Washington Becomes Latest State to Consider Statewide Zoning Reform

Up for Growth January 21, 2020 | Mike Kingsella

Washington is indeed facing a severe housing shortage, most of which is centered around Seattle and Puget Sound region from which Rep. Macri hails.

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01/25/2020

Exclusive: Michigan-based insurance company to bring 200 jobs to Dublin's Bridge Park

By Tristan Navera –Columbus Business First an hour ago

A Michigan-based insurance company is creating a 160-person regional office in a new building in Dublin's Bridge Park.

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01/25/2020

New App Helps Builders Meet Accessibility Requirements of Fair Housing Act

NAHB

The app can be downloaded from the App Store (for iPhone and iPad) and from Google Play (for Android devices) by searching "FHA Guide" or "NAHB

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01/24/2020

Strong Attendance at 2020 Builders' Show Reflects Industry Optimism

Next year, IBS and Design & Construction Week will be in Orlando Feb. 9-11, 2021

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01/24/2020

U.S. Housing Inventory Still Shrinking, Price Increases Accelerate

U.S. NEWS JAN. 22, 2020 / 2:08 PM ByDon Jacobson

The supply of new homes fell and prices continued to surge in December, the National Association of Realtors reported Wednesday.

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01/23/2020

EPA Administrator to Announce New WOTUS Rule at International Builders' Show

NAHB

Today's final rule replaces the 1986 rule and narrows the extent of federal jurisdiction by excluding isolated water bodies, "ephemeral" waters that only form in response to rain, and most ditches.

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01/23/2020

Columbus' housing stock is worth a whole lot more since the recession, report finds

By Tristan Navera – Staff reporter, Columbus Business First an hour ago

The recovery from the Great Recession has brought tens of trillions of dollars in value to real estate property nationwide and Columbus is seeing the windfall.

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01/23/2020

BIA Member, Treplus Communities, Recieves Gold Honor for Redbud Commons

Redbud Commons, An Award-Winning 55+ Community, Receives Gold Honor

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01/22/2020

Unaffordable housing and slower job growth go hand in hand

MarketPlace Mitchell Hartman Jan 15, 2020

Low housing supply and high demand have pushed home prices higher. Workers’ incomes haven’t kept up.

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01/22/2020

Another block of development planned at Bridge Park

By Tristan Navera – Columbus Business First Jan 21, 2020, 4:55pm EST

Crawford Hoying is readying to build another block of development at Bridge Park

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01/18/2020

U.S. Homebuilding Hits 13-Year High, Showing Some Recovery In Housing Market

Sergei Klebnikov Forbes Staff

The housing market makes up more than 3% of the U.S. economy

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01/17/2020

These neighborhoods' success will be key to growth across Columbus, city official says

By Carrie Ghose –Columbus Business First Jan 16, 2020, 3:12pm EST

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01/17/2020

Economist Sees Slow Growth, No Recession for Central Ohio

Story originally published in The Hannah Report on January 8, 2020. Copyright 2020 Hannah News Service, Inc.

LaFayette said the fundamental problem in Central Ohio that is slowing growth is workforce availability

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01/16/2020

Fast-growing logistics company moves to new HQ in Dublin

By Carrie Ghose – Staff reporter, Columbus Business First Jan 8, 2020, 12:52pm EST Updated Jan 8, 2020, 5:16pm EST

The BIA's Take: The jobs are here, but homes for employees are not and until we solve that dilemma we will continue to see diminished growth

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01/16/2020

The shortage of homes for sale is getting much worse, even in luxury

CNBCPUBLISHED WED, JAN 8 202011:53 AM ESTUPDATED WED, JAN 8 20201:36 PM EST

The supply of homes for sale was 12% lower compared with December 2018, according to realtor.com.

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01/15/2020

U.S.-China trade deal gives no relief to homebuilders

Housing Wire January 13, 2020, 6:05 pm By Kathleen Howley

More than 400 items used for home construction are not included in the “Phase One” deal

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01/15/2020

Neighbors Sue to Block Hawaii Affordable Housing Complex

By Associated Press, Wire Service Content Jan. 13, 2020, at 9:14 a.m. More

Residents near a planned affordable housing project in Hawaii have filed a lawsuit to prevent construction of the apartment complex.

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01/14/2020

BIA SMC Holiday Lunch at The Lakes Country Club

Sales & Marketing Council (SMC) had their annual Holiday Lunch & Toy Drive on Thursday, December 19th, at the beautifully decorated Lakes Golf & Country Club.

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01/14/2020

Affordable housing is in crisis. Is public housing the solution?

Curbed By Jeff Andrews Jan 13, 2020, 1:00pm EST

Democrats on the left have proposed a huge expansion of public housing, but policy experts say it isn’t the answer

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01/14/2020

Baseball Legend Alex Rodriguez to Headline IBS Opening Ceremonies

NAHB NOW

Alex Rodriguez will headline the Opening Ceremonies at the 2020 International Builders’ Show on Jan. 21 in Las Vegas.

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01/14/2020

Opinion: 5 ways the housing market will surprise us all in 2020

MarketWatch Published: Jan 13, 2020 6:32 a.m. ET

These unexpected mortgage and sales trends would affect U.S. home sellers and buyers

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01/14/2020

Here's how many homes were built in the last decade

HousingWire January 6, 2020, 6:50 pm By Julia Falcon

Here's proof the housing market bounced back after the market crashed

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01/14/2020

Experts predict what the 2020 housing market will bring

The Washington Post|By Kathy Orton Jan. 6, 2020 at 1:05 p.m. EST

The market is on better footing than it was a year ago

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01/13/2020

Construction projects poised to transform central Ohio this year

By Jim Weiker The Columbus Dispatch Posted at 4:55 AM

Despite the surge of construction in the past few years, experts say this year could be the most significant yet.

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01/13/2020

Buying a new house may now be easier for millennials as more starter homes get built

Paul Davidson USA TODAY

Builders are putting up more small, low-priced homes as demand from millennials picks up

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01/12/2020

As Trump Ditches a Fair Housing Rule, New York City Doubles Down

City LAB KRISTON CAPPS JANUARY 8, 2020

HUD’s reversal of an Obama-era mandate on discrimination comes as the De Blasio administration releases its own, very different fair housing blueprint.

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01/11/2020

Trump Moves to Speed Infrastructure Projects by Curbing Environmental Reviews

WSJ By Timothy Puko Updated Jan. 9, 2020 6:45 pm ET

Business, energy groups cheer proposal that environmental advocates say would hamper efforts to slow climate change

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01/11/2020

National Environmental Policy Act update needed to unlock investment, further environmental progress

The HillBY TOM DONOHUE AND SEAN MCGARVEY, OPINION CONTRIBUTORS — 01/09/20 07:00 AM EST

The problem isn’t a lack of will or investment, but burdensome and outdated regulations that cause public and private projects to take longer to get approved than to get built

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01/11/2020

After Supreme Court Denial, What's Next For NIMBYs And Inclusionary Zoning? Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/national/news/affordable-housing/whats-next-for-inclusionary-zoning-102410?utm_source=

January 7, 2020 Dean Boerner, Bisnow San Francisco Reporter

Property rights activists, multifamily developers and others who may have hung their anti-inclusionary zoning hopes on Marin County must now look elsewhere

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01/10/2020

Columbus to test fed’s one-stop housing sites

By Mark Ferenchik The Columbus Dispatch Posted Jan 8, 2020 at 5:04 PM

Columbus is one of 34 cities nationwide to be chosen for an EnVision Center to connect subsidized-housing residents to job, education, health and wellness programs.

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01/10/2020

Columbus developer planning 'active living' community in Centerville

By Hannah Poturalski – Dayton Business Journal 2 hours ago

BIA Member, Treplus Communities, expands to Centerville

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01/10/2020

How a Trump win in 2020 could reshape housing markets across America

MarketWatch Published: Jan 8, 2020 12:39 p.m. ET

The last presidential election may have influenced home-building activity in some areas more than others, analysts say

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01/09/2020

Economist predicts slower job growth for central Ohio in 2020

Mark Williams The Columbus Dispatch Posted Jan 8, 2019 at 12:01 AM Updated at 7:14 AM

Dr. Lafayette challenged local governments to think more creatively about development and we could not agree more.

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01/09/2020

America’s love affair with the single-family house is cooling, but it won’t be a quick breakup

Salon.com ROBERT PARKER • REBECCA LEWIS JANUARY 6, 2020 8:00AM (UTC)

Cities and states are considering limits on single-family zoning, which experts say promotes sprawl and separation.

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01/08/2020

Schottenstein proposes 90 homes, senior living facility for 45-acre Dublin site

By Tristan Navera –Columbus Business First Jan 7, 2020, 12:55pm EST Updated Jan 7, 2020, 3:26pm EST

A retooled plan for a senior housing project in Dublin is back on the table.

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01/08/2020

M/I Homes saw a surge in demand for housing in 2019

By Tristan Navera – Columbus Business First, Jan. 8

M/I Homes saw another spike in demand for its homes in 2019.

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01/06/2020

Denser Housing is Gaining Traction on America's East Coast

CITYLAP KRISTON CAPPS JANUARY 3, 2020

Maryland joins Virginia with a new proposal to tackle the affordable housing crisis. And it’s sweeping in its ambition.

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01/05/2020

The conundrum affordable housing poses for the nation

Washington Post By Jared Bernstein, Jim Parrott and Mark Zandi Jan. 2, 2020 at 6:30 a.m. EST

A severe shortage of homes for working-class and low-income families is pushing up house prices and rents across the country, putting homeownership increasingly out of reach for many Americans

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01/03/2020

Industry Experts Predict Top 5 Trends In Residential Housing For 2020

FORBES Julia Brenner Dec 31, 2019, 12:41pm

As we head into a new decade, it’s time to say goodbye to some of the tired trends in residential design (we’re looking at you, barn doors in the living room and driftwood finishes) and hello to fresh ideas.

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01/02/2020

Competition for housing is so high, the spring market is starting now

CNBC PUBLISHED THU, JAN 2 202010:36 AM ESTUPDATED THU, JAN 2 20202:48 PM EST

Spring has historically been the busiest buying season, but as competition for homes heats up across the country, January is the new April.

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12/30/2019

Home-Builder Rally Fueled by Low Interest Rates, Millennials

WSJ By Will Parker Dec. 24, 2019 7:00 am ET

Expectations for 2020 tempered after housing starts climb to levels not seen in a decade

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12/20/2019

Supreme Court leaves cities with one option on homelessness: More housing

Los Angeles Times By BENJAMIN ORESKES DEC. 17, 2019 6:30 AM

Homeless advocates celebrated the justices’ decision as the death knell for local anti-camping laws that they say criminalize homelessness.

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12/19/2019

U.S. housing market regaining steam; manufacturing stabilizing

Lucia Mutikani NEWS DECEMBER 17, 2019 / 9:09 AM / UPDATED 2 HOURS AGO

Boeing’s biggest assembly-line halt in more than 20 years could wreak havoc on supply chains, and offset some of the lift to business confidence from easing trade tensions

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12/18/2019

[Duplicate] 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.

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12/18/2019

Startup plans to allow consumers to purchase homes without a mortgage

HW December 13, 2019, 1:10 pm By Kelsey Ramírez

Innovative, or risky?

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12/17/2019

BIA Member, Treplus Communities, secures approval for Sugar Maple Commons

Grove City Council has approved the final development plan for Sugar Maple Commons, submitted by Columbus, Ohio-based Treplus Communities to build 105 single-story luxury apartments with attached garages.

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12/17/2019

‘Tis the season to be tacky

The Young Professionals Group's first annual Ugly Sweater Party was the place to be this past Wednesday.

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12/17/2019

US housing starts rise more than expected, with permits at a 12-1/2-year high

CNBC PUBLISHED TUE, DEC 17 20198:30 AM EST UPDATED AN HOUR AGO

Lower mortgage rates continued to boost the housing market and support the broader economy.

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12/17/2019

$275M Hilliard development put on hold for now

By Tristan Navera – Columbus Business First Dec 11, 2019, 3:12pm EST

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12/16/2019

Builder Confidence Climbs to a 20-Year High

NAHB Now

It is the highest reading since June 1999

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12/12/2019

Opinion: To solve the problem of unaffordable entry-level housing, abolish single-family zoning

By: Edward J. Pinto and Tobias Peter December 10, 2019 | Market Watch

Allowing 2-, 3- and 4-family structures amid single-family homes could add 10% to today’s housing stock

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12/10/2019

Hamilton Parker makes big bet on the longevity of bricks and mortar

By Laura Newpoff Posted Nov 26, 2019 at 6:00 AM Columbus CEO

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12/03/2019

A Parent's Guide To Their Kid's Future Careers In The Skilled Trades

Jason Burns Sr Content Strategist Posted 11/12/2019

The skilled trades can offer another path that doesn't require a college education and lets you jump right into an apprenticeship to get hands-on training and start working in your chosen career from day one.

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12/02/2019

Minneapolis eyes permanent policy for mixed-income communities

By Marissa Evans Star Tribune NOVEMBER 29, 2019 — 9:53PM

Developers say the plan for "inclusionary zoning" will make building harder.

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12/02/2019

BIA SMC Lunch & Model Home Tour Hosted by Westport Homes

The SMC November meeting and lunch was held at a Westport Homes model in Galena

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11/30/2019

The HOME Act’s Approach to Housing Affordability

November 22, 2019 | Mike Kingsella and Melissa Winkler

The bill is similar to legislation of the same name introduced by Senator Booker in the previous Congress.

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11/28/2019

Fewer than Half of Prospective Buyers Are Actively Looking for a Home

BY ROSE QUINT on NOVEMBER 25, 2019 •

An NAHB poll* of American adults in the third quarter of 2019 revealed that 12% are planning a home purchase in the next 12 months.

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11/27/2019

Is California’s most controversial new housing production law working?

By: Marisa Kendall November 24, 2019 | The Mercury News

SB 35 is a boon for affordable housing developers. Others, not so much

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11/25/2019

Buckeyes & Bourbon

The Buckeyes weren't the only ones that one on Saturday, BIA members and guest(s) enjoyed watching the game together and some even won bourbon

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11/25/2019

Construction Employment On the Rise Across Most of the Country

NAHB | Economics on November 25, 2019

The construction sector data includes both residential and non-residential construction.

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11/25/2019

Columbus developer Lifestyle Communities expanding to 4 new cities

By Tristan Navera –Columbus Business First Nov 24, 2019, 11:02am EST

Expansion is on the horizon for this large scale apartment complex developer

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11/22/2019

Are Transit Oriented Developments the Answer to the Affordable Housing Shortage?

The Washington Post |By Haisten Willis • and Photos by Youngrae Kim November 21, 2019 at 6:30 a.m. EST

The growing popularity of transit-oriented development

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11/21/2019

Associates Council Meeting on 11/14/19

The Associates Council met on Thursday, November 14 at the BIA office.

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11/21/2019

New housing development in Central Ohio is slowing down, report shows

By Tristan Navera – Staff reporter, Columbus Business First Nov 20, 2019, 1:07pm EST

BIA's Housing Study lends statistics

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11/21/2019

Trump Administration Ousts Top Homelessness Official as White House Prepares Broad Crackdown

By: Jeff Stein November 16, 2019| The Washington Post

Matthew Doherty, an Obama administration pick, led council tasked with coordinating government response

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11/21/2019

Duluth giving away land to spark affordable housing projects

By Brooks Johnson Star Tribune NOVEMBER 16, 2019 — 10:14AM

New single-family homes in Duluth are typically $300,000 and up.

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11/20/2019

Minneapolis City Council Committee Approves $18 Million for Affordable Housing Trust Fund Projects

By Marissa Evans Star Tribune NOVEMBER 13, 2019 — 9:51PM

"A landmark day," mayor says after the unanimous council committee vote.

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11/20/2019

14 of the Largest US Hospitals and Health Systems Are Investing $700 Million into Affordable Housing

By Good News Network -Nov 16, 2019

The national and regional health systems participating in the commitment are some of the largest private sector employers in California, Utah, and Wisconsin and also among the top 20 largest employers in their respective states.

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11/19/2019

Dozens say Taxpayer-Funded Housing Program put Them Back on the Street

By Susie SteimleNovember 18, 2019 at 11:20 pm

Bay Area Community Services (BACS) is the largest housing solutions program in the Bay Area and it’s largely funded by tens of millions of taxpayer dollars.

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11/19/2019

U.S. homebuilder confidence weakens in November

Housing WireNovember 18, 2019, 12:22 pm By Alcynna Lloyd

Homebuilder index falls to 70 points in November

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11/13/2019

LOWER MORTGAGES DRIVE U.S. HOUSING AFFORDABILITY TO HIGHEST LEVEL IN 3 YEARS

RE Report NOVEMBER 11, 2019 / MICHAEL GERRITY

housing affordability rose to its highest level in three years in the third quarter of 2019

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11/12/2019

Mike Rowe Rips Student-Loan Crisis: ‘We’re Rewarding Behavior We Should Be Discouraging’

Joseph Curl DailyWire.com

Rowe said the decision by many school systems to do away with shop and metal-working classes has led to a “skills gap” in which millions of vacant jobs have no qualified applicants.

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11/12/2019

How To Create Share-Worthy Content That Will Ignite Your Social Media

NOVEMBER 4, 2019 BDX

While video is still a clear winner in terms of driving clicks, images are a close second

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11/11/2019

BIA member is an NAHB finalist

Trepluscommunities.com

Redbud Commons, A Treplus Community Selected as NAHB Contest Finalist

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11/11/2019

Editorial: Columbus can do better on affordable housing promises

Columbus Dispatch|Posted Nov 10, 2019 at 4:30 AM Updated Nov 10, 2019 at 6:48 AM

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11/09/2019

Nationwide Realty to break ground soon on 10-story Arena District condo tower

Tristan Navera – Columbus Business First Nov 7, 2019, 11:52am EST

New luxury condominiums coming 2020

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11/08/2019

Could Rent Control Return to Boston?

NEXT CITY |JARED BREY| NOVEMBER 5, 2019

When Massachusetts banned rent control in 1994 only three cities — Boston, Cambridge, and Brookline — had some form of the policy on the books.

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11/07/2019

Lower Mortgage Rates Push Housing Affordability to Highest Level in Three Years

NAHB | November 7, 2019

With mortgage rates at a three-year low and a healthy job market, housing affordability rose to its highest level in three years in the third quarter of 2019

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11/07/2019

How California Became America’s Housing Market Nightmare

Bloomberg|By Noah Buhayar and Christopher Cannon November 6, 2019

California, the land of golden dreams, has become America’s worst housing nightmare.

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11/07/2019

8 Winter Jobsite Safety Tips for Siding Installers

NAHB Now| November 6, 2019

Try using these eight winter jobsite safety tips to help your crews navigate the season’s cold and wet conditions

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11/06/2019

Renter App Makes Way in Columbus

Tristan Navera – Columbus Business Nov. 6

Renter savings app Rhove signs with Columbus landlord, expanding its reach

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11/06/2019

People Are Staying in Their Homes Longer—a Big Reason for Slower Sales

Homeowners nationwide are staying put an average of five years longer than they did in 2010, a new analysis shows

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11/05/2019

The homebuyers are coming. The homebuyers are coming

Housing Wire |November 1, 2019, 6:20 pm By Julia Falcon

New decade means new homebuyers

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11/04/2019

Apple Pledges $2.5 Billion To Combat California's Housing Crisis

November 4, 20199:03 AM ET NPR

Apple is pledging $2.5 billion to confront California's housing crisis

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11/01/2019

This generation is the most willing to do whatever it takes to buy a home

October 29, 2019, 4:42 pm By Kelsey Ramírez

Hint: It’s not Millennials

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