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Every market is different when it comes to housing inventory, demographic drivers, and industry influences


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Chile could provide more affordable softwood to replace some of the supply from Canada

The Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C. Photo: Stefan Fussan/Wikimedia Commons

Decreasing supply is a far greater concern to the housing economy


House Flipping Rises To Highest Level In Six Years

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Most houses are purchased with cash by flippers, which indicates that more financing is available for home transactions

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Cape Coral-Fort Myers in Florida increased its available housing by 36.7 percent over the last year.

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The updated standard is estimated to deliver up to $21.7 billion in energy bill savings and avoid approximately 143 million metric tons of carbon pollution over a 30-period

A house in Dallas. Photo: Caliber Roofs/Wikimedia Commons.

New York City and Dallas need the most new construction


Pin-Up Houses. Photo: Joshua Woodsman/YouTube screenshot

The 74 sf home on stilts consists of 21 insulated panels, all connected by threaded rods, and costs only $1,200

Homebuilders wary of Trump’s deportation plan

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Builders in states near the Mexico border rely on experienced Mexican workers for framing, roofing, and drywalling.

Portland, Denver, and Seattle Don’t Follow Declining Homeownership Trend

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The increases in homeownership rates were mostly due to more people buying homes, not declines in renter households

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The state ranks third in rooftop solar potential

Flooding in Baton Rouge, La., in August. Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture/Creative Commons.

Since August 12, 43 out-of-state contractors have filed paperwork and paid fees to the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors.

Middle class neighborhood in Layton, Utah. Photo: D Sharon Pruitt/Wikimedia Commons.

Despite the economic progress made as a whole, income distribution remains a problem

New Homes In The U.S. Are 74 Percent Larger Than They Were In The 1910s

The W.C. Harris House, built in 1910 in Sterling, Colo. Photo: Jeffrey Beall/Creative Commons.

New homes offer 1,000 more square feet of space than those built a century ago

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Installation fees and costs related to permitting have both decreased


Introducing Icynene ProSeal – An ultra-low closed cell SPF innovation

Featuring a high insulating R-value, ultra-low VOC spray foam innovation, Icynene ProSeal sets a benchmark for high-performance closed-cell spray foam insulation.

Building Science: Testing and Supervision

Part 3 of a 3-part series, this video takes us inside the testing and quality control of LP® SmartSide® engineered wood trim and siding.

Building Science: How LP® SmartSide® is Made

Part 2 of a 3-part series, this video takes us behind the scenes to look at the manufacturing process and the science behind LP SmartSide engineered wood trim and siding. 

Premium Floor Saves Time and Money

This premium floor system using thicker sheathing and deeper I-joists drives savings compared to conventional floors with 16 inch-on-center framing.

September 2016

This Month in Professional Builder


No one wants to hear about how great it was 30 years ago. Experience is one thing, but relevance is just as important. 

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