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The BIA of Central Ohio closely follows news reports, industry trends and community information on behalf of our industry. We are also a trusted source for the media, and are frequently contacted to share our expertise for news stories.

09/23/2016

NAHB Commends Sen. Wyden's New Middle-Income Housing Tax Credit

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 - The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) today commended Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) for introducing the Middle-Income Housing Tax Credit Act of 2016. The legislation builds on the successful Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) by creating a new tax credit to spur the development of rental homes affordable to Americans with moderate incomes.

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09/21/2016

ESA Changes to National Flood Program will Harm Housing Affordability

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 - The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) today urged Congress to oppose the inappropriate use of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to change the focus of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) away from protecting lives and property due to flooding loss.

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09/20/2016

Housing Production Hits a Mild Speed Bump in August

Nationwide housing starts fell 5.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.14 million units in August, according to newly released data from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. Overall permit issuance edged 0.4 percent lower.

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09/20/2016

Statement from NAHB Chairman Ed Brady on Senate Waters of the U.S. Report

Ed Brady, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Bloomington, Ill., issued the following statement following the release of a Senate report stating that new federal regulations defining "waters of the U.S." represent extreme overreach of federal authority.

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09/19/2016

Builder Confidence Surges in September

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes in September jumped six points to 65 from a downwardly revised August reading of 59 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. This marks the highest HMI level since October 2015.

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09/13/2016

NAHB Endorses Candidates for Congress

For the first time in its 74-year history, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is officially endorsing candidates for the U.S. House and Senate in the upcoming Nov. 8 elections.

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09/08/2016

U.S. Builders Seek New Lumber Sources in Chile

U.S. home builders today completed four days of talks with Chilean government, trade and industry officials that are geared toward increasing exports of softwood lumber and other wood products to America.

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09/07/2016

2016 BIA Parade of Homes award winners announced

The 2016 BIA Parade of Homes today announced the award winners of this years’ Parade. There are 15 different award categories, all judged by top leaders in real estate, home building, architecture and development. Peoples Choice Awards for favorite house, favorite décor and favorite landscaping will be announced following the parade.

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08/25/2016

Apartment and Condominium Market Dips Slightly in the Second Quarter

The Multifamily Production Index (MPI), released today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) fell slightly in the second quarter of 2016, dropping three points to 50. This is the 18th consecutive reading of 50 or above.

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08/21/2016

On the House | Boy's Lego job: Design, build model Parade home

The Columbus Dispatch

Jacob Dickman spent much of his summer in his room with Legos. That might sounds like a waste of three months until you understand that Jacob was paid for his efforts.

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08/16/2016

Multifamily Uptick Pushes Overall Housing Starts Up 2.1 Percent in July

Nationwide housing starts rose 2.1 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.21 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department.

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08/15/2016

Builder Confidence Rises Two Points in August

Builder confidence in the market for newly constructed single-family homes in August rose two points to 60 from a downwardly revised reading of 58 in July on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).

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08/11/2016

Trump Vows to Cut Burdensome Regulations in Address to Home Builders

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump today vowed to cut regulations that are hurting the housing and economic recovery. Speaking before the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Board of Directors at their Midyear Meeting in Miami, Trump said that overregulation is costing the economy $2 trillion per year.

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08/11/2016

Rising Home Prices Affect Housing Affordability in the Second Quarter

Solid home price appreciation more than offset a modest reduction in mortgage interest rates to push housing affordability lower in the second quarter of 2016, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) released today.

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08/10/2016

Top Clinton Economic Advisor Cites Importance of Housing to the Economy

Gene Sperling, a top economic advisor to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, today said that housing will play an important role in a Clinton administration.

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08/08/2016

Evans Farm to bring 'new urbanism' to Delaware County with thousands of homes, school, town center

Columbus Business First

Much of the residential and commercial development in Delaware County has sprouted up in fields of corn, soybeans and other crops, making it one of Ohio’s fastest-growing counties over the past few years.

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08/07/2016

Advertise in the Parade of Homes Event Guide

Reach home buyers during the 2016 BIA Parade of Homes through the Event Guide distributed September 11.

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08/04/2016

Second Quarter Results Show 55+ Housing Market Remains in Positive Territory

Builder confidence in the single-family 55+ housing market remains in positive territory in the second quarter with a reading of 57, up one point from the previous quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. This is the ninth consecutive quarter with a reading above 50.

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08/04/2016

Housing Markets Continue Gradual Climb Back to Normal

Markets in 146 of the approximately 340 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity in the second quarter of 2016, according to the NAHB/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI) released today. This represents a year-over-year net gain of 66 markets.

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08/01/2016

2017 International Builders' Show Registration Opens

Special Registration Discounts Offered Through August

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) officially opened online registration today for the 2017 NAHB International Builders' Show® (IBS), the largest annual light construction trade show in the world.

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07/29/2016

OSHA Crystalline Silica Standards Training Session

The new OSHA standards take effect in June 2017 for the construction industry and June 2018 for general industry and maritime. The rule significantly reduces the amount of silica dust that workers can be exposed to on the job.

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07/27/2016

New Poll Shows Housing Remains a Priority for Most Americans

An overwhelming four-out-of-five Americans believe that owning a home is a good investment, according to a recent poll commissioned by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) to gauge public sentiment on the value of homeownership ...

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07/26/2016

New Home Sales Reach Highest Level Since February 2008

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 3.5 percent in June from an upwardly revised May reading to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 592,000 units...

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07/20/2016

Bob Webb Homes named 2016 Parade Foundation Home

The Building Industry Association of central Ohio announced today that this year’s BIA Parade Foundation Home is built by Bob Webb Homes. The 2016 Parade of Homes is slated for Sept. 3-18 at Verona in Powell.

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07/18/2016

Builder Confidence Holds Firm in July

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes in July fell one point to 59 from a June reading of 60 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released today.

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07/15/2016

Statement from NAHB First Vice Chairman Granger MacDonald on Cantwell-Hatch-Wyden Bill

Granger MacDonald, first vice chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and tax credit developer from Kerrville, Texas, today issued the following statement regarding legislation introduced by Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and co-sponsored by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.):

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07/15/2016

Senate Approves Legislation to Reform Affordable Housing Programs

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) today commended Senate passage of the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016, legislation that includes many NAHB-supported bipartisan fixes to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development programs.

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07/14/2016

Overtime Bill Would Help Business Owners and Workers

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) today commended Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) for introducing legislation that helps small businesses and their workers by mitigating the effects of the U.S. Department of Labor's unprecedented doubling of the overtime threshold.

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07/07/2016

Boomers Move In on Millennial Housing Stock

As boomers retire and millennials start families, they’re buying the same houses for very different reasons.

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06/30/2016

Builders Urge Caution as Congress Reauthorizes the National Flood Insurance Program

Extreme flood insurance rate hikes and inaccurate floodplain maps drive up the cost of homeownership and threaten small businesses, the nation's home builders told Congress today.

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