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America’s Housing Construction Labor Shortage Continues

Scott Beyer ,   CONTRIBUTOR I am a cross-country traveler who covers U.S. urban issues. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. An unfinished construction project in Houston, TX. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Several years after the Great Recession, it's safe to say that America's housing market is back. Since 2009, when the number [...]

Looking Beyond the Luxury Market –

Are Homebuilders Building More for You and Me? BY SARA KRAMER, VICE PRESIDENT, AND MARK TRAINER, SENIOR ASSOCIATE BUILDING FOR THE TOP Is the entry-level home a thing of the past? It has largely appeared that way throughout much of the post-recession period, as homebuilders have disproportionately targeted the luxury market through larger and more expensive [...]

More Millennials Living with Parents

More millennials living with parents BY REID WILSON - 04/24/17 04:15 PM EDT 367 1,065   © Getty About a third of all millennials still live with and rely financially on their parents as a result of evolving social norms and fallout from the worst recession in generations. Younger Americans are increasingly putting off milestones like [...]

UNDERSTANDING AIR BARRIERS

Understanding how air barrier materials and systems are evaluated and knowing their performance characteristics will help you find the right solution for your project needs. Brought to you by TYPAR Controlling the movement of air between indoor and outdoor environments is a key concern when building comfortable, energy efficient homes. According to the U.S. Department of [...]

What Lumber Tariff Means for Builders

Analysis: New Canadian Softwood Tariffs May Have Limited Impact Traders have been pricing in the new duties for months. And structural issues are buttress price hikes, too. By Craig Webb Craig Webb The U.S. government's imposition of 20% countervailing duties will anger builders and delight dealers by helping prop up current prices, but it's unlikely to [...]

RING’S FLOODLIGHT CAM MARRIES SECURITY AND FUNCTIONALITY

CNET RING'S FLOODLIGHT CAM MARRIES SECURITY AND FUNCTIONALITY In this review by CNET writer Megan Wollerton, Wollerton looks at the pros and cons of Ring's new Floodlight Cam, which combines the security of a camera with an outdoor lighting fixture. The WiFi connected device comes with two LED lights and an integrated 1080p HD security camera. [...]

7 Bathroom Design Trends Home Buyers Want to Flush Away

By Jennifer Geddes | Apr 19, 2017 piovesempre/iStock Homeowners love their bathrooms. We totally get it—you spend a decent amount of time in there, and you want it to be the ultimate Zen oasis. And since potential buyers want that, too, you're likely willing to splurge to make your lavatory lush and plush. But one person's lush can be [...]

We’re Now In the Second Biggest Housing Boom of All Time

We're Now In the Second Biggest Housing Boom of All Time KEVIN DRUMAPR. 19, 2017 1:14 AM Over on the Twitter box, a reader asks if I can update a New York Times chart that I posted seven years ago. It shows average housing prices through 2006, and he'd like to see them through 2017. Well, [...]

WHY DON’T YOUNG AMERICANS WANT TO DO CONSTRUCTION WORK?

BUILDER Labor capacity risk may be mostly a case of missing motivators: mastery, autonomy, and purpose ... not a matter of money. By John McManus Tyler Cowen may be onto something here with his take on American complacency. Cowen is an economist at George Mason University and an author. His latest title is "The Complacent Class." [...]

UNDERSTANDING AIR BARRIERS

Understanding how air barrier materials and systems are evaluated and knowing their performance characteristics will help you find the right solution for your project needs. Brought to you by TYPAR Controlling the movement of air between indoor and outdoor environments is a key concern when building comfortable, energy efficient homes. According to the U.S. Department of [...]