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Recovery in new home sales a boost for the economy

Dec 27, 2012
Many of the new homes being sold now were planned years ago. Finally demand has returned, in part because first-time buyers are being outbid by investors for bargain foreclosure sales.
Posted In: Housing, home sales, construction

The art of elevatoring

Dec 4, 2012
How long will you wait for an elevator before becoming frustrated? Elevator expert Theresa Christy says 20 seconds is the industry standard.
Posted In: elevators, design, construction, empire state building

A Sandy sales bump?

Oct 31, 2012
As stricken homeowners dig out, home-improvement sales should see a boost.
Posted In: construction, consumer spending, Hurricane Sandy, natural disasters

Beetle infestation drives up lumber prices

Oct 26, 2012
A new set of beetles is taking North America by storm, and this time the casualty is the lumber industry. What does this mean for home building and other lumber needs in the U.S.?
Posted In: construction, home prices, Environment, Beetle, lumber, wood

Housing construction hits four year high

Oct 17, 2012
New construction on apartments and single family houses reached its highest point in September in more than four years. New mortgage applications for home purchases were also up last week.
Posted In: housing market, construction, Mortgages

With home building up, will McMansions return?

Aug 22, 2012
Nationwide, home-building permits are at a four-year high. But coming off the Great Recession, is there a market for luxury homes?
Posted In: home, building, construction, Housing, megamansion, luxury

A dream house of stucco and sheet metal

Aug 10, 2012
Architect Jayna Cooper built her ideal home -- while sticking to a tight budget and using basic construction materials.
Posted In: House, real estate, construction

GDP growth beats expectations, still slow

Jul 27, 2012
Four times a year, the U.S. Department of Commerce serves up the big number that tells us how much we are producing as a country. U.S. second quarter GDP grew more than economists had expected. That doesn't make it good.
Posted In: GDP, growth, construction

Congress pressed to pass transportation bill

Jun 26, 2012
Lawmakers must fund new federal highway construction before the current legislation expires on Saturday. If they don't, local construction projects may suffer, and jobs could be lost.
Posted In: Transportation, construction, infrastructure

A mixed picture in housing

Jun 19, 2012
The latest news in the housing market: New home construction fell last month, but building permits were up to their highest level since 2008.
Posted In: housing market, Housing, construction

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