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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

New home construction up 30% from last year

May 16, 2012
Housing starts, as they're called, were up 2.6 percent last month, and compared with last April, home construction was up almost 30 percent.
Posted In: Housing, construction, real estate

Housing construction down, housing permits are up

Apr 17, 2012
What's going on with the housing market? Susan Wachter, who teaches real estate at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, explains.
Posted In: Housing, construction

Good and bad signs for the U.S. housing market

Mar 28, 2012
It is one step forward, one step back for the housing market. The mortgage bankers association says this morning applications for home mortgages were up 3.3 percent last week but demand for refinancing dropped for the sixth straight week.
Posted In: Housing, construction, home

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