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The BIA of Central Ohio closely follows news reports, industry trends and community information on behalf of our industry. We are also a trusted source for the media, and are frequently contacted to share our expertise for news stories.

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

BIA Golf Classic Sponsorship Opportunities!

The annual Golf Classic at the OSU Golf Club is on Monday, August 6. This event offers members the opportunity to play on either the Scarlet or Gray Course while enjoying networking, lunch, drinks, dinner, awards, and prizes.

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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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06/18/2018

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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06/17/2018

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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06/15/2018

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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06/09/2018

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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