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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.

01/12/2017

NAHB International Builders' Show: Three Days of 'Positive Energy'

The crowds were thick on the exhibit hall floor as the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) returned to Orlando, Fla., for the NAHB International Builders' Show® (IBS) Jan. 10-12.

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01/12/2017

NAHB Announces Best of IBS Product Winners at 2017 International Builders' Show

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) named the winning products in its fifth annual Best of IBS Awards during the NAHB International Builders' Show® (IBS) in Orlando, Fla.

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01/12/2017

Statement from NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald on Ben Carson's Confirmation Hearing

Granger MacDonald, newly-elected 2017 chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) issued the following statement regarding the Senate confirmation hearing for Ben Carson to become the next secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development:

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01/12/2017

Nation's Home Builders Elect Leadership for 2017

Members of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) elected four senior officers to top leadership positions within the federation during the association's International Builders' Show in Orlando, Fla.

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01/11/2017

Buyers Willing to Trade Square Footage for Amenities, Survey Results Show

The average size of newly built homes decreased in 2016 - a sign that the home building industry is preparing for the coming wave of first-time buyers as Millennials begin to dip their toes into the market.

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01/10/2017

Remodelers Find Operational Efficiencies as the Market Recovers

Remodelers' average profit margins have increased since 2011, indicating they are running their businesses more efficiently as residential remodeling activity steadily improves.

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01/10/2017

Housing Will Continue Gradual Climb to Higher Ground in 2017

Fueled by a growing economy, solid employment gains and rising household formations, single-family production will continue on a gradual, upward trajectory in 2017.

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01/10/2017

55+ Housing Market Shows Continued Growth

The 55+ housing market is expected to keep on its path of growth, according to industry experts.

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01/10/2017

NAHB Honors Five Outstanding Young Professionals

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has honored five home builders around the country as the 2016 Young Professionals of the Year. The awards were given Monday evening in Orlando, Fla., during the NAHB International Builders' Show®.

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12/30/2016

One Week Left to Save

Resolve to attend the 2017 NAHB International Builders' Show® (IBS)—three days that will set you up for a great year.

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12/29/2016

Builders Confident at Year's End

Confidence among single-family home builders reached a post-recession high in December, following the election of a new president who promises regulatory relief and increased economic growth.

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12/23/2016

New Home Sales Up 5.2 Percent in November

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 5.2 percent in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 592,000 units, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.

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12/16/2016

Multifamily Weakness Pushes Overall Housing Starts Down 18.7 Percent in November

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 - A sharp decline in multifamily starts pushed overall housing production down 18.7 percent in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.09 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. Overall permit issuance was also down 4.7 percent.

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12/15/2016

Statement from NAHB Chairman Ed Brady on Nomination of Rep. Ryan Zinke as Interior Secretary

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 - Ed Brady, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Bloomington, Ill., today issued the following statement on President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) as interior secretary:

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12/15/2016

Statement from NAHB Chairman Ed Brady on Nomination of Former Governor Rick Perry as Energy Secretary

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 - Ed Brady, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Bloomington, Ill., today issued the following statement on President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of former Texas Governor Rick Perry as the nation's next secretary of energy:

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12/15/2016

Builder Confidence Closes Year on High Note

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 -- Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes jumped seven points to a level of 70 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). This is the highest reading since July 2005.

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12/12/2016

Statement from NAHB Chairman Ed Brady on Nomination of Andrew Puzder as Labor Secretary

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 - Ed Brady, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Bloomington, Ill., today issued the following statement on President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of CKE Restaurants CEO Andrew Puzder to head the U.S. Department of Labor.

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12/08/2016

Congress Reinstates Health Reimbursement Arrangements

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 - In a major victory for home building firms and other small businesses across the land, the Senate today passed the 21st Century Cures Act, a comprehensive health care package which includes a provision to allow employers to provide Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) to help their employees pay for health insurance. The House approved the bill last week and President Obama is expected to sign the measure into law shortly.

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11/28/2016

Bob Webb Group Buys Last Open Space in Muirfield

Bob Webb, one of Muirfield Village’s original homebuilders, recently purchased the last sizeable land parcel in that community. His company, the Bob Webb Group, plans to build 18 homes on 12.3 acres there starting this winter.

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11/23/2016

Proposed Extended Stay Zoning Change Heard at Columbus City Council

As I have reported before, Columbus is working on an ordinance that will eliminate extended stay hotel options in areas zoned for manufacturing.

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11/23/2016

Columbus Graphics Code Being Updated -- Impacts Temporary Signs for Real Estate -- A Template for Suburban Communities?

I wrote about this issue a few months ago and wanted to update members. A 2015 US Supreme Court ruling bans local governments from regulating signs based on the content of the message of the sign.

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11/23/2016

Columbus Dispatch Story Calls Out Impact of Zoning Regulations

Jim Weiker, Home Section Editor, has wrote an excellent article in Sunday's paper about the cost impacts of zoning regulations and challenges in providing affordable workforce housing options.

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11/22/2016

BIA Membership Drive!

Just1!

With our “Just 1” theme, we’re asking you to recruit just 1 new member to help us grow our association and make it stronger.

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11/22/2016

Delaware County Sewer Master Plan

As a follow up to the BIA Builders and Developers' Council presentation by Director Mike Frommer, I wanted to let you know that we have collected input from over a dozen BIA members regarding preferences for future fee structures that would be implemented by the County to fund sewer expansion.

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11/22/2016

Voters give less cash to parks, more to roads

By THOMAS GALLICK

Orange Township residents should see increased road resurfacing efforts in the coming years after voters last week agreed to shift tax dollars from parks toward roads.

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11/22/2016

Bob Webb Group Buys Last Open Space in Muirfield

Bob Webb, one of Muirfield Village’s original homebuilders, recently purchased the last sizeable land parcel in that community. His company, the Bob Webb Group, plans to build 18 homes on 12.3 acres there starting this winter.

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11/22/2016

City looking at plan for a cohesive future development

Shier Rings Road corridor

Dublin City Council members are considering a framework plan for the Shier Rings Road corridor.

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11/22/2016

Columbus2020 Update

Free member only event. Sign-Up Online Today!

The BIA will be hosting a meeting for members to get an update from Columbus2020 on their economic development and job growth initiatives.

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11/17/2016

Levies for parks, roads cruise to wins

Orange Township

Orange Township will take in less tax revenue for parks and more for roads after residents Nov. 8 approved a pair of levies.

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11/17/2016

Apartment and Condominium Market Posts Positive Gains in the Third Quarter

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 - The Multifamily Production Index (MPI), released today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), posted a gain of three points to 53 in the third quarter. The MPI has been at 50 or above since the beginning of 2012.

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