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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.

09/19/2017

Housing Production Holds Steady in August

Nationwide housing starts fell 0.8 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.18 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department.

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09/15/2017

NAHB Members Celebrate Professional Women in Building Week

Members of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) are celebrating Professional Women in Building (PWB) Week Sept. 18 - 22. The goals of PWB Week are to highlight the many contributions women make to the residential construction industry and offer an opportunity for PWB members to share the value of council membership.

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09/15/2017

Builder Confidence Drops Three Points As Hurricanes Add Uncertainty

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes fell three points to a level of 64 in September from a downwardly revised August reading of 67 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).

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09/15/2017

NAHB Commends Confirmation of Pamela Patenaude as HUD Deputy Secretary

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, issued a statement on the Senate confirmation of Pamela Patenaude as deputy secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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09/13/2017

NAHB Commends Nomination of Brian Montgomery as FHA Commissioner

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, issued a statement regarding President Trump's nomination of Brian Montgomery to run the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).

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08/31/2017

NAHB Calls on Stakeholders to Band Together during Rebuilding of Texas Gulf Coast

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, issued a statement on the need for collaboration among key stakeholders as communities look to rebuild.

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08/30/2017

NAHB Calls on Administration to Protect Consumers Against Price Gauging as Communities Rebuild

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, issued a statement on the need for fairly priced building materials as the people of Texas and Louisiana look to rebuild their communities following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

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08/24/2017

Apartment and Condominium Market Bounces Back to Trend in Second Quarter

The Multifamily Production Index (MPI), released today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), posted a gain of eight points to 56 in the second quarter.

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08/16/2017

Statement from NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald on President Trump's Executive Order Rescinding the FFRMS

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, issued a statement on President Trump's executive order that effectively rolls back the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard.

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08/16/2017

Single-family Starts Hold Steady in July After Upward June Revision

Single-family production slipped 0.5 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 856,000 after a strong, upwardly revised June reading.

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08/15/2017

Housing Affordability Inches Lower in Second Quarter

Rising home prices offset a quarter-point drop in mortgage interest rates to move housing affordability slightly lower in the second quarter of 2017, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) released today.

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08/15/2017

Builder Confidence Springs Back with Four-Point August Jump

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes rose four points in August to a level of 68 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).

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08/10/2017

Statement from NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald on HUD's Affordable Housing Report

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, today issued a statement regarding the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's new report on the number of rent-burdened families rising to the second-highest level on record.

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08/10/2017

Housing Market Continues to Make Gains, Though Permits Fail to Keep Pace

In a further sign that the housing sector is continuing to gain momentum, nearly 300 markets nationwide posted an increase in economic and housing activity from the first quarter to the second quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI) released today.

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08/02/2017

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

Now in its 37th year, NAHB's national sales and marketing awards program, The Nationals?, is open for entries. The deadline to enter is Oct. 18.

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08/02/2017

Cantwell-Hatch Bill Would Help Ease Affordable Housing Crisis

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) today called on Congress to pass the Affordable Housing Credit Improvements Act of 2017 (S. 548), legislation that would promote the construction of sorely needed rental apartments and help alleviate the nation's affordable housing crisis.

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08/02/2017

2018 International Builders' Show Registration Opens Special Registration Discounts Offered Through August

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) officially opened online registration today for the 2018 NAHB International Builders' Show® (IBS), the largest annual light construction trade show in the world.

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07/28/2017

New Home Sales Edge Up 0.8 Percent in June

Sales of newly built, single-family homes in June inched up 0.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 610,000 units from a downwardly revised May reading, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.

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07/27/2017

Joint Employer Bill Would Provide Certainty to Business Community

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) today commended bipartisan legislation introduced in the House that would help small businesses and boost housing affordability by clarifying under the law what constitutes a joint employer.

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07/20/2017

NAHB and House Panel Reach Agreement on Flood Insurance Bill

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) today reached an agreement with leaders of the House Financial Services Committee to craft a viable, long-term flood insurance reauthorization bill that will keep the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) fiscally sound and enable home builders to provide safe and affordable housing to consumers.

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07/20/2017

Remodeling Market Indicator Remains in Positive Territory

The National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) posted a reading of 55 in the second quarter of 2017, down three points from the first quarter of 2017.

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07/19/2017

Single-Family Housing Starts Bounce Back in June

Nationwide housing starts rose 8.3 percent in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.22 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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07/18/2017

Builder Confidence Slips Two Points in July, Remains Solid

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes slipped two points in July to a level of 64 from a downwardly revised June reading on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).

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07/11/2017

Texas Developer Joins Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas Board

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) announced the election of G. Granger MacDonald to FHLB Dallas' Board of Directors (Board). Mr. MacDonald was elected by the Board to fill an independent director seat that was vacated in April.

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07/11/2017

Might As Well Sell

Americans thinking now was a good time to sell their home hit a record high with 39%.

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07/06/2017

Home Buying a Strong Boost to Overall Economy, NAHB Study Shows

A new consumer spending analysis from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) highlights another reason why home building helps drive a healthy economy: In their first year of ownership, new home buyers spend about $10,601 on appliances, furnishings and home improvement projects - 2.6 times as much as other home owners in a typical year.

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07/05/2017

NAHB Log and Timber Homes Council Kicks off Month-Long Celebration of the Log Home Lifestyle

Members of the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) Log and Timber Homes Council (LTHC) are celebrating National Log Home Open House Month in July for the sixth consecutive year.

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06/27/2017

New Home Sales Rise 2.9 Percent in May

Sales of newly built, single-family homes in May rose 2.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 610,000 units after an upwardly revised April reading.

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06/16/2017

Multifamily Decline Brings Overall Housing Starts Down 5.5 Percent in May

Led by a decline in multifamily production, nationwide housing starts fell 5.5 percent in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.09 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. Multifamily starts fell 9.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 289,000 units while single-family production edged down 3.9 percent to 794,000.

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