Industry News

04/01/2019

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

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

04/01/2019

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

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

03/29/2019

New Ohio House school-funding plan calls for sizable increases

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

03/29/2019

BIA Commends School Funding Proposal

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

03/29/2019

Westerville Could See Growth

Three new developments pitched in Westerville

03/29/2019

New Home Sales Show Solid Growth in February

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

03/28/2019

Statement from NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde on NAFTA Panel Ruling

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

03/28/2019

Houses in Franklin County affordable for typical worker

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

03/27/2019

Freddie Mac Expects Housing Rise

HousingWire: Rising sales demand and more inventory will spark action

03/27/2019

February Housing Starts Down After Single-Family Surge in January

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

03/26/2019

Crapo's Housing Finance Reform Plan Moves the Debate Forward

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

03/26/2019

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

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

03/25/2019

Canal Winchester housing project shot down on council objections

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

03/21/2019

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

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

03/20/2019

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

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

03/19/2019

Delaware Council Hears BIA Study

Study: Delaware needs more affordable living space

03/19/2019

Columbus Subdivision Proposal Tabled

Columbus officials table 1,000-home proposal near Hilliard

03/19/2019

BIA member, Schottenstein Real Estate Group gets approval for project

Orange Township approves 300-acre mixed-use development

03/17/2019

South Side Shift

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

03/16/2019

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

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

03/15/2019

U.S. New-Home Sales Fell in January

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

03/14/2019

January New Home Sales Demonstrate Demand for Affordable Homes

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

03/14/2019

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

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

03/13/2019

Grandview Development to Include Senior Apartments

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

03/13/2019

NW Columbus Delays Due to Apartment Concerns

NWCA: Reed Road project vote delayed again

03/13/2019

Groveport to Add 600 Jobs

The Gap will add 600 jobs to its Groveport workforce

03/13/2019

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

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

03/12/2019

Grove City Approves 500+ Units in New Development

Full story: Farmstead plan squeaks by Grove City Council

03/12/2019

More townhomes are being built

Despite Slow Quarter, Townhouse Construction Expanded in 2018

03/11/2019

Constructing a community

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

03/08/2019

New Home Sales End the Year Up 1.5 Percent

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

03/07/2019

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

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

03/06/2019

Grove City Residential Plans Narrowly Approved

Grove City council OKs Farmstead in close vote

03/06/2019

New Albany Active Senior Housing Opening

New Albany’s senior-housing developments taking form

03/06/2019

Delaware Considers Annexation

Delaware weighs costs, perks of annexing Berlin Township plot

03/06/2019

U.S. New Home Sales Rose in December

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

03/05/2019

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

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

03/04/2019

Schottenstein Real Estate president on the state of development in Columbus

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

03/04/2019

Historical church to be razed for housing

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

03/01/2019

Strong Owner Household Formations in 2018

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

02/28/2019

Why Slowing Home Price Growth Is Good For Everyone

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

02/28/2019

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

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

02/28/2019

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

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

02/27/2019

Wagenbrenner set to redevelop Mount Carmel West

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

02/27/2019

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

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

02/26/2019

Canal Winchester Adds Tree Requirements

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

02/26/2019

Development Commission Next for Subdivision Proposal

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

02/26/2019

Housing Starts Down 11.2 Percent in December; Post Yearly Gain

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

02/26/2019

Nation's Home Builders Elect Leadership for 2019

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

02/25/2019

Pulte Homes opens adult community in New Albany

BIA member, Pulte Homes, opens Nottingham Trace.

02/25/2019

Millennial purchasing power heats up

HousingWire: Millennials are buying houses. Lots of them.

02/25/2019

Connecticut Builder Elected Chairman of NAHB

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

02/25/2019

Energy Efficiency and Indoor Air Quality Top Buyers' Green Preferences

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

02/24/2019

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

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

02/24/2019

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

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

02/23/2019

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

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

02/23/2019

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

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

02/22/2019

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

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

02/22/2019

Multifamily Builder and Developer Confidence Weakens Slightly in Fourth Quarter

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

02/22/2019

Multifamily Housing Production to Start Leveling Off

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

02/21/2019

NAHB Outlines Top Features Home Buyers Want for 2019

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

02/21/2019

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

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

02/21/2019

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

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

02/21/2019

NAHB Recognizes the Best in Green and Sustainable Building

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

02/20/2019

Single-family housing authorizations show persistent declines

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

02/20/2019

Residential Remodeling Spending Continues to Gradually Grow

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

02/20/2019

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

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

02/19/2019

Lack of New Housing Keeps Columbus from Fully Excelling

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

02/19/2019

Lower Interest Rates, Rising Consumer Confidence Boost Builder Sentiment

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

02/19/2019

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

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

02/15/2019

How Affordable are Homes in Your Area?

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

02/15/2019

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

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

02/14/2019

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

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

02/14/2019

Land trust has potential to create mixed-income neighborhood

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

02/13/2019

Columbus home prices rose 5.1 percent

Most Ohio cities outpaced Columbus last year in home appreciation

02/12/2019

Worthington Apartments to Open in 2019

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

02/12/2019

New Albany to Update Strategic Plan

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

02/07/2019

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

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

02/06/2019

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

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

02/06/2019

Canal Winchester Planning Park Trails

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

02/06/2019

Liberty Township Trustee Challenges Continue Around EMS

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

02/05/2019

Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio Requesting Bids from Subcontractors

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

02/04/2019

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

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

02/01/2019

BIA appoints 2019 President

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

01/31/2019

New Home Sales Higher Than Expected in November

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

01/29/2019

Grove City Council Still Considering Housing Proposal

Farmstead development: Grove City Council not rushing plan toward vote

01/29/2019

Stigma In The Skilled Trades

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

01/29/2019

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

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

01/28/2019

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

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

01/26/2019

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

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

01/25/2019

How Smart is Your Home?

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

01/25/2019

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

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

01/25/2019

OSHA Publishes Maximum Fines for 2019 and Top Violations of 2018

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

01/25/2019

Government Shutdown is Affecting Housing

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

01/24/2019

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

Mixed-use building coming just south of OSU campus.

01/23/2019

Dublin to Consider Residential as Part of Development

Dublin, Daimler working on retail, residential development

01/23/2019

Housing affordability in Columbus is at a 10-year low

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

01/23/2019

Home Sales Dropped in December; Price Increases Slowed

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

01/23/2019

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

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

01/22/2019

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

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

01/22/2019

Older Americans Increasingly Burdened by Housing Costs

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

01/21/2019

Builder Confidence for Newly Built Single Family Homes Rises 2 Points

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

01/18/2019

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

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

01/17/2019

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

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

01/17/2019

International Futurist Simon J. Anderson to Keynote EXPO '19

Newswire.com: Award-winning author and strategic foresight consultant Simon J. Anderson will share his research and insights on the future of construction and residential construction products

01/16/2019

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

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

01/15/2019

Grove City Residential Plan Moves Forward

Farmstead plan heads to Grove City Council

01/15/2019

Columbus ranked No. 1 for the decline in home flipping

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

01/15/2019

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

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

01/15/2019

More condos considered for Italian Village

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

01/14/2019

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

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

01/10/2019

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

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

01/10/2019

Relatively Strong Demand Predicted for Central Ohio

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

01/09/2019

Rich Cities Created the Housing Shortage

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

01/09/2019

Columbus Castings site cleared; owner negotiating with developer

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

01/09/2019

Three major subdivisions are being built in Johnstown

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

01/03/2019

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

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

01/03/2019

Worker Shortage Curbs Building Boom

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

01/03/2019

Few new homes are coming onto the market in central Ohio

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

12/26/2018

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

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

12/21/2018

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

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

12/21/2018

Plans Grow for New Downtown Hilton

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

12/21/2018

More Affordable Housing Planned in Franklinton

Homeport wants to build affordable housing in Franklinton.

12/20/2018

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

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

12/19/2018

MORPC proposes more than $21 million in federal projects

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

12/19/2018

NAHB Commends Pam Patenaude for Her Work at HUD

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

12/18/2018

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

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

12/18/2018

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

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

12/17/2018

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

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

12/17/2018

Despite Housing Boom, Columbus in Need of More Housing

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

12/16/2018

CareWorksComp December Newsletter and Workers' Comp Update

The December Newsletter includes important dates and beneficial information.

12/13/2018

Columbus must build more housing, report concludes

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

12/12/2018

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

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

12/10/2018

Mixed-use development with new library branch pitched near Powell

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

12/10/2018

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

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

12/10/2018

BIA EXPO'19 is January 30, 2019

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

12/10/2018

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.

12/06/2018

Virginia Remodeler Leo Lantz Named 2018 NAHB Remodeler of the Year

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

12/06/2018

Mayor Ginther hits on Affordable Housing at Mapfire News Conference

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

12/04/2018

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

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

12/04/2018

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

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

11/30/2018

Home Appraisals Go High Tech

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

11/28/2018

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

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

11/27/2018

'European village' neighborhood lands first approval in Dublin

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

11/27/2018

NAHB Announces Best of 55+ Housing Awards Finalists

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

11/27/2018

Ohio business, educational leaders launch effort to address skills shortage

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

11/25/2018

As weather cools, home sales in Central Ohio remain hot

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

11/25/2018

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

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

11/20/2018

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

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

11/20/2018

Builder Confidence Drops as Housing Affordability Issues Rise

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

11/19/2018

Installed Building Products Looks to Expand its Downtown Headquarters

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

11/19/2018

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

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

11/18/2018

Student debt limits potential home buyers’ choices

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

11/16/2018

Budget to Focus on Housing Stock

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

11/15/2018

Statement from NAHB Chairman Randy Noel on FHA Actuarial Report

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

11/15/2018

New Affordable Apartments Opening in Franklinton

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

11/14/2018

Apartment Building Projects Slow

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

11/13/2018

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

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

11/10/2018

The housing slump is not (yet) a recession

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

11/09/2018

Housing Affordability Edges Lower in the Third Quarter

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

11/08/2018

Insurance Coverage for Defective Construction Further Limited

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

11/08/2018

Home-Improvement Stocks Take Beating

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

11/06/2018

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

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

11/06/2018

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

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

11/05/2018

NAHB Announces Finalists for Apartment and Condo Awards

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

11/05/2018

2019 BIA Parade of Homes Location, Dates Unveiled

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

11/05/2018

Building Insider November/December Issue Online

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

11/01/2018

Redfin: Home prices post smallest increase in 6 years

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

11/01/2018

Evans Farm will be site of 2019 BIA Parade of Homes

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

11/01/2018

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

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

10/31/2018

Millennial Homeownership Rate Rises to 37%

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

10/31/2018

First-time homebuyers continuing to struggle

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

10/31/2018

Home Prices Continue to Lose Momentum

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

10/30/2018

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

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

10/29/2018

BIA Fall Membership Drive

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

10/29/2018

Grants Aim to Improve Housing, Job Skills

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

10/25/2018

A Place of 'Security'

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

10/24/2018

3 Housing Trends to Watch This Fall

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

10/24/2018

Big Hopes for Linden

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

10/24/2018

Share of New Homes with Patios Climbs over 58 Percent

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

10/23/2018

Home-Sales Slump Lifts Apartments

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

10/22/2018

October Workers' Comp Newsletter

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

10/20/2018

Remodeling Confidence Remains Solid in Third Quarter

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

10/19/2018

Labor Shortages are Raising Home Prices

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

10/19/2018

Planet Oasis renaming contest will end early

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

10/17/2018

Multifamily Decline Pushes Overall Housing Starts Down in September

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

10/16/2018

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

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

10/15/2018

Grandview Heights to get 79 new homes

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

10/15/2018

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

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

10/15/2018

Building Insider October Issue Online

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

10/01/2018

Now Accepting 2020 Parade of Homes Site Proposals

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

09/29/2018

The Last Home of Eleanor Roosevelt

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

09/28/2018

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

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

09/28/2018

SoftBank Invests $400 Million in Home-Selling Startup Opendoor

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

09/28/2018

New Albany development continues to spread east

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

09/27/2018

Delaware County intersection sees more development

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

09/27/2018

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

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

09/27/2018

Carr Farms proposal moves forward in Hilliard

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

09/26/2018

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

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

09/26/2018

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

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

09/26/2018

Home-Price Gains Slow as Rates Have Risen

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

09/25/2018

Freddie Mac: September forecast indicates affordability continues to weaken growth

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

09/22/2018

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

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

09/22/2018

Columbus-area home sales fall again while prices jump

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

09/21/2018

Columbus Mortgage Office Grand Opening Open House

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

09/21/2018

Amazon Sells Chip to Run Smart House

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

09/21/2018

River & Rich ushers in new apartments, retailers to Franklinton

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

09/21/2018

The Skilled Labor Fund Announces Contribution for Training

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

09/20/2018

Major Avery Road development starts with apartment complex

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

09/19/2018

Housing Starts Rise in August Amid Ongoing Affordability Concerns

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

09/19/2018

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

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

09/18/2018

Online Builder Bidding Closes Thursday, September 20.

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

09/18/2018

Builder Confidence Remains Firm in September

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

09/17/2018

Grandview Yard project could extend south of Goodale Boulevard

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

09/16/2018

Builders Boneyard Drop-Off Date

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

09/15/2018

Orange Township road projects planned for continued growth

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

09/14/2018

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

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

09/14/2018

Apartment-building spree would be needed if Columbus lands HQ2

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

09/13/2018

Women in Construction

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

09/13/2018

Buckeye Lake ready for rebirth

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

09/12/2018

Builder Auction Golf Outing

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

09/10/2018

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

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

09/06/2018

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

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

09/04/2018

2019 International Builders' Show Registration Now Open

Special Registration Discounts Offered Through September

08/29/2018

U.S. Home-Price Gains Decelerate

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

08/27/2018

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

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

08/26/2018

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

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

08/25/2018

New Home Sales Edge Down 1.7 Percent in July

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

08/25/2018

Home Sales Tumbled In July for the Longest Slump Since 2013

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

08/24/2018

Multifamily Built-for-Rent Share Remains Elevated

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

08/24/2018

Central Ohio posts strong month of home sales in July

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

08/24/2018

Construction Industry Struggles to Find a Skilled Workforce

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

08/24/2018

Single-Family Built-for-Rent Housing Expands

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

08/23/2018

Purchase Advanced Preview Party Tickets

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

08/23/2018

Multifamily Builder and Developer Confidence Edged Down Slightly in Second Quarter

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

08/23/2018

Central Ohio home sales, prices rebound in July

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

08/22/2018

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

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

08/22/2018

Costly Houses See Ready Buyers

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

08/21/2018

Preview Party is a Week Away!

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

08/20/2018

SMC Free Networking Lunch & 3 Pillar Home Tour

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

08/19/2018

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

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

08/16/2018

Housing Starts Hold Their Ground in July

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

08/15/2018

Builder Confidence Remains Firm in August

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

08/15/2018

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

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

08/10/2018

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

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

08/10/2018

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

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

08/09/2018

Housing Affordability Hits 10-Year Low in Second Quarter

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

08/08/2018

West Leads Permits Growth; Northeast, Midwest See Declines

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

08/07/2018

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

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

08/07/2018

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

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

08/02/2018

BIA Preview Party & Parade of Homes Tickets Today!

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

08/02/2018

Parade of Homes

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

07/31/2018

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

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

07/31/2018

BWC payroll true-up reports are due by August 15

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

07/30/2018

2018 BIA Golf Classic Golf

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

07/29/2018

Share of Conventional Mortgages Continues to Rise

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

07/19/2018

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

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

07/19/2018

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

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

07/19/2018

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

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

07/19/2018

Remodeling Confidence Increases Despite Rising Costs

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

07/19/2018

54 cities in danger of a housing crisis

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

07/19/2018

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

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

07/18/2018

2.4 Million Millennial-led Households are Missing

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

07/17/2018

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

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

07/15/2018

Free Webinar by Ohio Concrete

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

07/10/2018

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

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

07/10/2018

Count of Unfilled Construction Jobs Remains Near Cycle High

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

07/10/2018

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

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

07/10/2018

Attention Powell Residential Homebuilders

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

07/03/2018

Groveport Gateway Plans

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

07/03/2018

Delaware City Considering Single Family Proposal

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

07/03/2018

Delaware County Entertainment Complex Plans Announced

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

07/03/2018

More BIA Parade of Homes Advertsting Opportunites

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

07/02/2018

New-home sales rebound in May on hearty demand

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

07/02/2018

BIA Parade of Homes - Advertising Opportunities

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

06/30/2018

Building Insider July/August Issue Online

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

06/30/2018

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

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

06/29/2018

Radon mitigation now mandatory in new builds

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

06/28/2018

5 Reasons to be Optimistic About Homeownership

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

06/28/2018

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

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

06/28/2018

Lane Avenue development: Referendum proponents await traffic study results

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

06/28/2018

2018 CareWorksComp Partner Newsletter & Payroll true-up reports

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

06/26/2018

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

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

06/25/2018

New Home Sales Rise to Highest Level This Year

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

06/16/2018

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

06/04/2018

Northstar Surfaces Open House

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

06/03/2018

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

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

06/02/2018

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

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

06/01/2018

Homeownership Is Primary Driver of U.S. Household Wealth

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

06/01/2018

Construction Employment Increased in 256 Metro Areas in April 2018

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

05/31/2018

Columbus finalizes plan for linking affordable housing to development incentives

A two-year process of studying and revamping Columbus’ development incentives for a dozen key neighborhoods is nearing conclusion, with City Council expected to take up the final recommendations before their August recess.

05/31/2018

Plan would extend Columbus’ sewer service to Plain City; environmentalists wary

The city of Columbus wants to extend sewer service to Plain City, which is requesting the expansion to plan for suburban growth in the metro area.

05/31/2018

Builders Say Lumber Tops Labor as Biggest Challenge

The most serious headwind facing housing markets today is the escalation of framing lumber prices — up 59% since the start of 2017.

05/29/2018

Millersport village plans to build new homes to attract families

The Ohio Municipal League has never heard of a municipality building a house; it’s an “outside-the-box” way to approach community improvement.

05/28/2018

1 million more people? Columbus on verge of growth spurt

Columbus and the seven-county metro area are getting bigger, and signs indicate the growth will only accelerate. Columbus already has bumped out Indianapolis to become the second biggest city in the Midwest, and it now is 14th largest in the nation, the latest census estimates show.

05/28/2018

Construction Worker Wages Are Growing Incredibly Fast

Residential construction worker wages are growing at a 5 percent annual pace, almost double the 2.9 percent pace of wage growth for all workers.

05/26/2018

Freddie Mac May Outlook: Homebuyers Showing Resiliency Amidst Limited Supply and Affordability Constraints

Swift home-price growth and the ongoing climb in mortgage rates this year have made buying a home more expensive, but home sales are still on track to squeak out a gain in 2018, according to Freddie Mac’s (OTCQB:FMCC) May Outlook.

05/25/2018

Columbus retains position as 14th-largest city, for now

Columbus had a surge of growth last year to remain the 14th- largest city in the nation, even as faster-growing Fort Worth, Texas, overtook Indianapolis at No. 15 and rode hard on the Ohio capital’s heels.

05/25/2018

Land, Labor & Lumber: The High Cost Of Affordable Housing

The housing supply in Northern Nevada is far below demand, which has led to a rapid rise in costs. Cities across the country are facing similar challenges, and many are looking for creative solutions to help address the issue.

05/24/2018

Statement from NAHB Chairman Randy Noel on Signing Banking Bill into Law

Randy Noel, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a custom home builder from LaPlace, La., issued a statement after President Trump signed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155) into law.

05/24/2018

NAHB Commends Confirmation of Brian Montgomery as FHA Commissioner

Randy Noel, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a custom home builder from LaPlace, La., stated the Senate confirmation of Brian Montgomery to run the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).

05/24/2018

From Housing to Stocks, Rising U.S. Bond Yields Are Being Felt

Rising U.S. government bond yields are rippling through the economy, affecting everything from mortgage rates to stock performance.

05/23/2018

April New Home Sales Inch Down 1.5 Percent, Stay Close to Post-Recession High

Sales of newly built, single-family homes edged down 1.5 percent in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 662,000 units after a downwardly revised March report, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.

05/22/2018

Epcon plans 105-home community in New Albany

BIA Builder Member, Epcon Communities, is looking to build 105 houses on 35 acres in New Albany.

05/22/2018

Delaware County growth heading north

As homes and businesses continue their surge into southern Delaware County, plans for growth are creeping into the more northern townships.

05/21/2018

Rising Prices of Lumber and Steel a ‘Terrible Downward Spiral’

Hefty tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber imports are causing lumber prices to skyrocket and making many home builders pray for a prolonged price plateau.

05/21/2018

CONTENT is King Educational Program: Canceled

This class will be rescheduled. Stay tuned for a date and time.

05/20/2018

NFL draft-like event held for vocational grads

The message is clear from the business world and schools: not everyone needs to go to college. As we've reported, this year's college graduates will make an average starting income of just over $50,000, according to consulting group Korn Ferry.

05/20/2018

Building Industry Association moving offices back to Columbus

BIA has sold its Westerville office building at 495 Executive Campus Dr. in Westerville and has signed a 10-year lease at 445 Hutchinson Ave.

05/19/2018

Advance your career with a #IBS2019 scholarship!

The NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) is a great opportunity for young building industry professionals to advance their careers. NAHB members 21-35 should apply.

05/18/2018

Homebuilder sentiment rises in May thanks to strong demand and tight housing supply

Strong demand and a slim supply of affordable, existing homes for sale have the nation's homebuilders feeling better about their business.

05/17/2018

Lumber Prices Reach U.S. Record on Tight Supply, Trade Tariffs

The National Association of Home Builders, an American industry group, estimates the tariffs will increase the price of an average single-family home built in 2018 by $1,360.

05/17/2018

Mortgage rates reach seven-year high in a housing market reckoning

Rates for home loans churned even higher, setting up a test of affordability for the housing market.

05/17/2018

Columbus home prices still well below U.S. average

Central Ohio home prices remain well below the national average, but the gap is closing.

05/16/2018

Housing Production Drops 3.7 Percent But Remains Near Post-Recession High

Total housing production fell 3.7 percent in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.29 million units after an upwardly revised March reading of 1.34 million, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department.

05/15/2018

Builder Confidence Climbs to 70 in May

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes rose two points to a level of 70 in May after a downwardly revised April reading on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).

05/15/2018

NAHB Now Accepting Applications for Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards Competition

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) opened its general call for entries for the Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards competition.

05/15/2018

How to build a workforce for builders

Construction Careers Pathways is an initiative jointly developed by the Construction Careers Foundation, trade unions, construction companies, high schools, nonprofits, the state of Minnesota, and other strategic partners.

05/10/2018

Rising Incomes Boost Housing Affordability in First Quarter of 2018

Strong wage growth more than offset an increase in mortgage interest rates to boost nationwide housing affordability in the first quarter of 2018, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) released today.

05/10/2018

Mortgage demand drops 2.5% on the highest rates in nearly 5 years

Both homeowners and homebuyers took a deep breath as rates continued to rise last week, pulling back a bit from the mortgage market.

05/09/2018

Mortgage rates tick down, giving buyers a break

Rates for home loans pulled back after hitting a four-and-a-half-year high, in a springtime reprieve for home buyers.

05/08/2018

12 best cities for homebuyer purchasing power

As homebuyers prepare for a competitive house shopping season, certain markets offer more favorable conditions in terms of what buyers can afford to purchase.

05/08/2018

Unafforadbale housing hurts kids, group says

To afford safe, modest housing in Franklin County, a young mother earning minimum wage would need to work about 84 hours a week.

05/06/2018

Nuts & Bolts of Mechanics' Lien Law

Mechanics’ Liens and the associated laws of Ohio affect the sale and financing of every aspect of Ohio construction. Mark Decker is experienced and familiar with Ohio’s statutes. Please Register by May 10.

05/03/2018

Building Insider May/June Issue Online

The May/Junel issue of Building Insider Magazine, featuring NJW Construction, Inc, Riceland Cabinet Corp., and Distinctive Marble & Granite is now online.

05/01/2018

Remodeling in 2017: Baths Reclaim Top Spot from Kitchens

May is National Home Remodeling Month. Following the tradition established in recent years, the month’s first related post covers the most common types of remodeling projects performed by NAHB Remodelers during the previous calendar year. Results come from a special question on NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey for the first quarter of 2018.

05/01/2018

New-home sales roar to a 4-month high in March

New-home sales ran at a 694,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate in February, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.

04/30/2018

Goodbye renter nation: Americans still want to be homeowners

More Americans became homeowners in the first three months of the year, and the number of renters decreased, pointing to a shift back to ownership in the face of stiff headwinds in the housing market.

04/26/2018

Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates hit highest level since 2013

Mortgage rates shot up this week, reaching their highest point since 2013, according to the latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey from Freddie Mac.

04/26/2018

The single-family house: An American icon faces an uncertain future

“A man is not a whole and complete man," Walt Whitman claimed in 1856, "unless he owns a house and the ground it stands on.’’ In a little more than a century, the single-family house helped make America something new in the world: a nation of suburban homeowners.

04/24/2018

New Home Sales Rise 4 Percent in March

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 4.0 percent in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 694,000 units after an upwardly revised February report, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. This the second highest reading since the Great Recession.

04/24/2018

Central Ohio home prices up on lack of inventory

Scarcity of inventory pushes central Ohio home sales prices up 9.5 percent in March.

04/24/2018

What's Holding Back New Home Construction? There's No One to Build 'em!

In this blazing-hot housing market of severe home shortages and rapidly rising prices, many buyers around the country have found themselves left shivering in the cold.

04/24/2018

25 condo-style communities open for shoppers to tour

“There is truly something for everyone,” commented BIA Executive Director Jon Melchi (on BIA CondoQuest) “Downsizing or upsizing, lease or own, the options and amenities available at these properties are countless.”

04/24/2018

Two NAHB BuilderBooks Titles Win Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Silver Award

Finding Hidden Profits: A Guide for Custom Builders, Remodelers and Architects by Dennis A. Dixon and Living Green Effortlessly: Simple Choices for a Better Home by Marla Esser Cloos have been named Silver Winners of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Benjamin Franklin Awards.

04/22/2018

2018 CareWorksComp Risk Management and Cost Control Seminars & April Newsletter

With many BWC discount program deadlines approaching at the end of May, this is an opportune time to define the different programs; their requirements and program compatibility. If you need any guidance, your CareWorksComp representative can review the savings and viability of these programs.

09/01/2015

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

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

09/01/2015

Mary Shipley Interiors Wins Best of Houzz Award

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

07/01/2015

BIA Clay Target Shoot Was a Smash

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

07/01/2015

Traffic is Up for Home and CondoQuest

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

07/01/2015

Marketing Stars Shine Brightly at MAME

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

04/17/2015

Blendon Gardens team helps clean up Columbus

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

04/17/2015

Rockford Homes Transitions to New President

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

04/17/2015

Residential Designed Solutions Is NARI 2015 Regional CotY Winner

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

04/17/2015

NJW Wins 2015 Best of Lancaster Award

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

01/01/2015

KP Designs & Associates wins Columbus CEO Award

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

03/01/2014

Donate -- and Support Our New Parade Partner

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

03/01/2014

LEF Architects Wins Best Of Houzz 2014 Award

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

01/01/2014

Renninger Wins Readers Choice Award

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

01/01/2014

Residential Designed Solutions Receives NARI ACE Award

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

01/01/2014

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

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

11/01/2013

Jeff Worly Named Worly Plumbing Supply President

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

11/01/2013

Holt Launches Innovative Vocational Program for Scioto Youth

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

11/01/2013

Misiolek Earns Professional Education Designations

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

08/28/2013

Isaac Wiles Law Firm Opens June 1

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

08/01/2013

Open House Strengthens Client Relationships at The Cleary Company

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

07/22/2013

Hylas Stemen Joins Residential Designed Solutions

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

05/01/2013

George Cleary Honored by Ohio Senate

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

01/23/2013

Organized Home Remodeling Honord as a Consumers' Choice Award Winner

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

12/07/2012

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

Dec. 7, 2012

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

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