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The U.S. housing market shows first signs of slowing

New home starts in the U.S. achieved 1.26 million units in 2018, but 2019 will be flat after nine consecutive years of growth. Read More

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Strong Start to 2019 for Architecture Billings

Starting the year on a strong note, architecture firm billings growth strengthened in January to a level not seen in the previous twelve months according to a new report released from The American Institute of Architects (AIA). Read More

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Construction employment rose by 280,000 in 2018

“Demand for construction remains strong across most project types and locations,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Job growth and pay increases in construction are outpacing those in the overall economy. But contractors continue to have difficulty finding qualified workers with the number of unemployed workers who have construction experience at the lowest December level in 19 years.” Read More

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Lower interest rates boost Builder Sentiment

"Ongoing reduction in mortgage rates in recent weeks coupled with continued strength in the job market are helping to fuel builder sentiment," said NAHB chairman Randy Noel, a custom home builder from LaPlace, La. "In the aftermath of the fall slowdown, many builders are reporting positive expectations for the spring selling season." Read More

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Multifamily builder, developer confidence lower

Confidence in the market for new multifamily housing weakened slightly in the fourth quarter, according to results from the Multifamily Market Survey (MMS) released today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Read More

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NAHB outlines top features that 2019 buyers want

The top 10 features also included home-storage needs, such as garage storage and walk-in pantries, as well as hardwood flooring, a patio and exterior lighting. Read More

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Remodelers' confidence holds steady in Q4

"The overall remodeling market remains strong, but there are signs of concern related to rising labor and input costs," said NAHB Remodelers chair Joanne Theunissen, CGP, CGR, a remodeler from Mt. Pleasant, Mich. "Remodelers are battling sticker shock with many home owners who expect lower bids." Read More

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Lower interest rates stabilize builder confidence

"The gradual decline in mortgage rates in recent weeks helped to sustain builder sentiment," said NAHB chairman Randy Noel, a custom home builder from LaPlace, La. "Low unemployment, solid job growth and favorable demographics should support housing demand in the coming months." Read More

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The US Market and what to expect in 2019

The US Market and what to expect in 2019 From Ceramic World Web – January 15, 2019  by  Joseph Lundgren Consulting  With the US market being one of the… Read More

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Growth stalls for Italian tiles

After five years of uninterrupted growth, the Italian ceramic tile industry experienced a downturn in 2018 with production, sales and exports all seeing falls of between 2% and 3%. Read More