Home Construction Increased by 3.2% in November

While home construction was up last month, single-family home construction was down for the third month in row. According to the Commerce Department, and as reported on CNBC (source: CNBC video report), last month housing starts increased 3.2 percent to … Continue reading

Tampa Maintains Lead in Florida Residential Construction – March 2017

HBW Report: A monthly overview of Florida’s new residential construction permitting activity in March 2017. Out of the more than 4,600 new residential construction permits on file with HBW last month, Tampa came out on top with close to 1,200 … Continue reading

HBW Report: Texas Residential Construction Update – January 2017

Texas is off to a steady start in residential construction with nearly 4,500 housing starts and more than $1B in total value at the start of the year. Although Texas did not experience the spike previously seen in December, new … Continue reading

HBW Report: Pool Permits on the Rise in Florida

Pool construction is on the rise in Florida, and HBW has the statistics and leads you need to stay in-the-know. Pools have been buzzing in various construction media outlets as of late.  With record temperatures across the globe and 2015 … Continue reading

HBW Report: Things Are Looking Bigger in Texas

According to the latest HBW Building Activity Trend Report, new residential construction is on an upswing in Texas.   If you are receiving HBW reports, you have probably noticed an uptick in the residential construction market in various parts of … Continue reading

HBW Report (Florida + Atlanta): New Residential Construction Heats Up in the South

For those of us living in the South, we know that the temperatures have been at a high this summer.  For those of you who are receiving HBW’s Construction Data Reports, you are already aware of the highs that Florida … Continue reading

Bait-and-Switch Home Lending Loophole will Close in August

Predatory lending and bad faith contracts will be minimized by changes that are coming in August. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Ever since bad faith contracts and predatory-lending tactics caused real estate crash of 2008, reforms in the home lending-and-borrowing process … Continue reading

Poor Water Quality Wrecks Florida Property Value

Red algae bloom threatens the coastlines of Lee and Collier counties, causing rental and investment revenue to plummet. A recent report by the Florida Realtors organization found that discolored coastal water can suppress property values and even force homeowners to … Continue reading

First-Time Buyers Slowly Returning to Housing Market

Although they aren’t totally back in the game yet, first-time buyers are claiming a larger share of the housing market. Builders, realtors, and market analysts at last week’s Homebuilding & Building Products Conference in New York commented on the uptick … Continue reading

New Home Construction Builds U.S. Economy

If the April housing stats are any indicator (and they are), America’s home building industry has rebounded from an abysmal winter season. New home starts came at the fastest pace in seven years, and the ramped-up construction is boosting materials … Continue reading