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W&D Weekly
October 9, 2013
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2013 Dealers of the Year
Window & Door is pleased to announce its 2013 Dealers of the Year, honoring window and door retailers and distributors that stand out in terms of overall excellence, marketing, innovative thinking, customer service, retail strategy and community service…read more
McCoy's to Carry Pella Products
With retail locations across Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi and New Mexico, McCoy's Building Supply is adding Pella windows and doors to its product line…read more
WDMA Execs Confirm Growth
Last Wednesday in Cambridge, Mass., CEOs from the major window and door manufacturing companies got statistical confirmation that new construction is back in double-digit growth for the first time since more
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Brent Fox Named CEO of Hendricks Holding
SAGE Appoints New CEO
Roto Frank Reorganizes Business Regions under Dimou
Soft-Lite's Anderson Named President of Executive Women International
U.S.-based Window Companies Meet Passive House Certification
Beacon Relocates Headquarters
Accoya Can Offer Service Life of 70 Years
Economists See Housing Recovery Continuing to Pick Up Steam
The Talk

By Christina Lewellen
As the government shutdown drags on, many question whether we're getting any closer to a resolution or whether each day takes us farther away from some sort of workable compromise. We try not to get too political with The Talk topics we kick around, but this is a pretty tough situation to ignore. While a two-week government shutdown is unlikely to have a large impact on housing and the economy, a shutdown that spans a month or more could be quite costly, according to NAHB's most recent "Eye on the Economy" report. Among the potential repercussions: possible delays in FHA-insured single-family loan approvals, FHA multifamily insured financing, rural housing loans, and E-Verify for hiring. Additionally, with the closure of the IRS, it may be difficult for prospective home buyers to acquire lender-required forms to obtain mortgages, NAHB analysts point out.

And as October 17th draws closer, if we don't resolve our country's debt-ceiling situation, our economy could suffer significant repercussions.

What do you think? Will our elected leaders allow us to default on our debt, or will reason prevail in the final hours to avoid this type of situation from playing out? Some analysts predict that the extended government shutdown, coupled with defaulting on our debt payments, could throw us into another recession. Do you think this is concerning enough to slow the U.S. consumer from reaching for his or her wallet to pay for home improvements? Has the government shutdown and pending debt ceiling crisis affected your business? Please send an email or post a comment to share.
Has the government shutdown affected your business?
No, and I doubt it will.
Not yet, though I expect it will.
Yes, buyers are skittish.
I'm not sure yet.

What’s Your Experience with Internet Referral Services?
Last week's poll results do not give high marks to internet referral services.  Less than 20 percent of respondents report they've been satisfied or successful with the leads generated from these types of companies…read more

The Outside View
Are Building Codes Revised Too Often?
From Builder Online
How Did Homeowners Use the Energy Tax Credits?
From NAHB Eye on Housing


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