February 6, 2012

The list of housing markets continued to show improvement, according to a measurement by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), which expanded its “Improving Markets Index” to nearly 100 metro regions in February 2012. A total of 29 markets were added, bringing the total to 98 entries on the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI). Thirty-six states are now represented by at least one market on the list. 

February 2, 2012

In a far-reaching plan that covered everything from foreclosures to new mortgage agreements, President Obama unveiled a “Homeowner Bill of Rights” today that he hopes will speed up the recovery of the housing market and prevent unscrupulous lenders from taking advantage of new home buyers.

November 16, 2011

True Value Co. and Husqvarna completed their first southeast regional Rental Demo Day event, held earlier this month at BullHorn Ranch in Liberty, N.C. 

More than 100 suppliers, rental operators and their associates participated in the event, kicking off the buying season and demonstrating a renewed interest in the industry despite the challenging economy, according to the companies.

October 25, 2011

A running shoe company that wants to build a “deep green” store -- but needs a major exemption to zoning regulations to do it -- has created a controversy in Seattle. According to an article in the Seattle Times, developer Skanska USA has signed Brooks Sports as the anchor tenant in a mixed-used building it wants to build. But the five-story retail building, which is already allowed an extra 10 ft.

August 31, 2011

Under the umbrella of True Value, a handful of the co-op’s brands represent niche businesses beyond the nuts-and-bolts of DIY hardware retailing. In the rental business, they are Grand Rental Station, Taylor Rental and Just Ask Rental. Commercial businesses are more familiar with Induserve Supply. Party Central and Home & Garden Showplace round out the specialty brands. 

August 18, 2011

The U.S. Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld the construction lien of Stock Building Supply over AmTrust Bank in a residential foreclosure case, according to an opinion released on Aug. 2. 

August 16, 2011

An article in yesterday's Home Channel News Monday described an idea from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to turn government-owned foreclosures into rentals. The idea received a chilly reception from readers.

“In a word, Geithner’s idea is ‘stupid’.

July 15, 2011

An article in USA Today points to concerns over uncertainty about foreclosure rules, and their impact on the housing market recovery.

While about one million financially distressed Americans could stay in their homes longer thanks to foreclosure processing delays, but the result for the general housing market could be a delayed recovery, according to the article.

May 18, 2011

As housing starts fell 10.6% in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 523,000 units, the National Association of Home Builders said the numbers point to a lack of confidence in the housing market.

“While mortgage rates are low and house prices are as affordable as they’ve been in a generation, the decline in April’s housing starts is indicative of the low level of confidence that consumers have in the housing market,” said Bob Nielsen, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder from Reno, Nev.

April 15, 2011

A patent dispute between two suppliers of wood-preserving technologies has led to a licensing agreement. 

Griffin, Ga.-based Osmose has agreed to grant a worldwide license to Arch Treatment Technologies to practice under certain patents owned by Osmose. The patents cover the use of micronized wood preservatives, including the patent that was the subject of a previous dispute between the two companies.

Terms of the licensing agreement were not disclosed.

January 19, 2011

If housing starts are going to gain 20% in 2011 as recently predicted, they're going to have to pick up the pace.

January 14, 2011

Orlando, Fla. -- The International Builders' Show has become an annual launching pad for housing forecasts, and this year’s numbers came with a healthy dose of guarded optimism. David Crowe, chief economist from event sponsor National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), predicted a 21% increase in single family housing starts in 2011, with 575,000 new units compared to 475,000 in 2010.

December 22, 2010

Sales of existing, single-family homes in California rose 9.2% in November, compared with the previous month, although overall sales were down from November 2009.

October 6, 2010

Following on the heels of a 10% decline in home sales this year, California should...

October 3, 2010

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) interpreted the 10.5% rise in August housing starts...

September 21, 2010

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) interpreted the 10.5% rise in August housing starts...

December 15, 2008

Housing starts dove sharply in November. New starts fell to a seasonally adjusted annual rate...

November 16, 2008

The Multifamily Condo Market Index and the Multifamily Rental Market Index are both at their...

November 12, 2008

U.S. foreclosure filings increased 5 percent from September to 279,561 properties this month -- one...

September 30, 2008

The ProDealer Industry Summit kicks off today in Chantilly, Va., bringing together lumber and building...

May 21, 2008

This is the third consecutive quarterly dip since reaching a record of 120.5 in the...

May 13, 2008

The April figures are up 4 percent from March, while the former foreclosure record of...

April 16, 2008

According to the NAR, a 2007 study showed that 18 percent of realtors had “at...

March 19, 2008

Caterpillar is testing a rental outlet in a Home Depot store in Texas, according to...