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Must all good things come to an end, or will the second half of 2016 mirror the strength of the first half?

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Home-sharing services could be “exacerbating housing shortages.”

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After the success of the Express Homes brand among first-time buyers (and last-time buyers), D.R. Horton decided to create a new brand specifically for seniors

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Even though it's the right time to buy, repaying loans remains the priority.

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Demand for homes is being hindered by continued lack of supply, and August’s sales numbers will likely slow because of it

Median size of house lots falls to record low

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New England had the largest median lot size, while the West Coast had the smallest.

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While single-family building hasn’t recovered as much as multifamily building, the tides are beginning to change and single-family construction is heating up

New York’s resilience plans not taking long-term view, critics charge

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 The only reasonable approach to city planning over a longer time scale is “managed retreat” to higher ground, according to engineers focused on resiliency.

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Building codes in Oklahoma have not been adjusted to take into consideration the increased risk of damage, though.

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As homeowners begin to feel more confident about their home’s value, they are more likely to invest in it

N.J. contractor fined $1 million, banned from state after allegedly deceiving customers

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He allegedly deceived elderly homeowners into buying unnecessary chimney repair and maintenance work. 

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Finding the right home and purchasing it in June was likely as hard as it has ever been for the majority of buyers

Cool roofs cost thousands of extra dollars and limit color options.

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Once a new-home construction permit is secured, it typically takes about six to nine months to complete a residence

Impact fees on development proposed to fund Miami’s rising sea level resiliency plans

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The county plans to spend $400 million to build a system of valves, pumps, and raised roadways to reduce the impact of flooding in the low-lying region.

Trade unions, contractors call for maximum penalty in construction worker death case

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A 22-year-old worker died when an improperly shored-up excavation collapsed at one of the company's job sites.


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.

On the Job with LP SmartSide: Woodtex

In this exclusive video, we visit Woodtex, a customized shed manufacturing company located in Brentwood, Tennessee. Take a look at how this company's partnership with LP SmartSide helps give customers the best shed buying experience possible.

On the Job with LP SmartSide: Pyatt Builders

In this exclusive video, we travel to Carmel, Indiana where a partnership with LP SmartSide helps Pyatt Builders create homes that stand out from the rest. See how using a variety of easy-to-install siding products from LP SmartSide results in beautiful homes, with a custom-built look.

July 2016

This Month in Professional Builder


Two of the largest, most significant buyer groups are in different stages of life, yet are often drawn to similar features in a home. Here’s a look at those intersecting tastes—and how to maximize them.

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