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January 30, 2013
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New Mood, New Products at IBS 2013

The mood was distinctly upbeat among exhibitors and attendees at the International Builders’ Show, held in Las Vegas last week. While several large window and door manufacturers were absent, others capitalized on the spotlight…read more

IBS and KBIS to Co-Locate Next Year
The National Association of Home Builders and the National Kitchen & Bath Association have agreed to co-locate the International Builders' Show and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas beginning in February 2014…read more
New Study Sees Immense Potential in Remodeling Market
After languishing for several years, the U.S. remodeling industry appears to be pulling out of its downturn, and a renewal of the nation’s housing stock is underway…read more
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Leitz Acquires Royce/Pacific
Pella Team Walking to Raise Money for Diabetes Research
The Talk

By Nicole Harris, publisher

Sometimes, a taxi ride sums up the mood of a city, or even an industry event. Last week, I shared a cab from the International Builders' Show to the Las Vegas airport with Phil Melancon, owner of Great Wood Homes in Lafayette, Louisiana. In addition to being a custom homebuilder, Phil is a National Association of Home Builders board member.

We agreed that the mood at this year’s show was positive on all fronts and that this was a welcome change from the last few events. The stats shared during IBS indicated a national uptick in homebuilding as the rate of foreclosures continues to fall. Of the 25 largest metropolitan areas covered by Zillow Real Estate Research, Riverside, Calif., ranked highest with 22.4 percent in foreclosure re-sales.

Phil told me he builds one spec home at a time, waiting for it to sell before building the next one. He’s always been cautious this way, an approach that kept him solvent while some of his former competitors defaulted on multiple spec homes they rushed to build in the boom years. Today, some national builders are moving into his area once again, but he’s staying focused.

So, that’s our poll question of the week: Are new homes being built in your area once again? If you had a pool of “underwater” homeowners, are they now treading water rather than drowning? Is your area emerging from the bottom at a decent rate? Are you in the midst of a housing recovery? Is homebuilding back on track in your area? Post a comment or email me to share your thoughts.

Are New Homes Being Built in Your Area Once Again?
Yes, I'm seeing homebuilding activity in my area.
Yes, I'm seeing activity, but it hasn't hit my business yet.
No, we're still just scraping off the bottom of the housing bust.
Do You Have Workplace Security Measures in Place?
Interestingly, the majority of survey respondents were split between those who did not have security policies in place and those that strictly enforced them. See the full survey results.

Road to GlassBuild America
This week on the Road to GlassBuild, the TIME to BUILD has arrived, as we give you a look at the all-new GlassBuild America website. From now until the show opens, the Road to GlassBuild will be the place to find the latest news, interviews, and videos about the industry' biggest show. We look forward to you joining us on our journey... 
The Outside View
Price Gains Signal U.S. Housing Market to Boost Growth
Construction Industry Faces Worker Shortage
From USA Today
Entrepreneurs' Advice for President Obama
From Inc. Magazine
Florida Introduces Bill Requiring Schools to Meet Security-Related Requirements
From American Architectural Manufacturers Association
Recent Introductions

The Torrefied Collection
From Masonite


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