Economic

Fabral Expands Push in Upper Midwest by Promoting Abraham

Fabral, the premier and leading supplier of metal for building envelope solutions, proudly announces the promotion of Scott Abraham to Territory Sales Manager for the regions of northwest Minnesota and North Dakota.

Census Data Shows How Much Downturn Hurt LBMs

Long-awaited figures from the U.S. Census Bureau are delivering some of the most detailed evidence yet of how severely the housing crash hurt pro dealers as well as how many fewer of those dealers are in business still.

Construction Fastest Growing Jobs Segment, but Will They Be Filled?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that occupations in the healthcare and construction fields will be some of the fastest-growing jobs between 2012 and 2022. 

Is Cellulose or Fiberglass the Best Way to Insulate an Attic?

This author states, "the best way to insulate my attic is with inexpensive cellulose or fiberglass insulation applied over an airtight attic floor."

Job Growth Supports Greater 2015 Housing Demand

The end of 2014 saw an acceleration of job creation that compared favorably with the poor start to the year. Combined with the ongoing expansion of consumer confidence, these trends will help support housing demand and residential construction during 2015.

Labor, Materials & Less Competition Driving Construction Costs

With the commercial real estate market in recovery in many parts of the U.S., construction costs are rising.

Home Prices Finally Being Driven by Job Growth & Wages

 Asking prices for homes for sale and rents are re-attaching to the quantitative basic drivers of jobs and income growth after a heady "Animal Spirits"-driven surge. 

New Study Debunks Causes of Housing Collapse

We are constantly learning new stuff about the housing bubble — and some of the new stuff contradicts the old.  What we don’t understand may one day come back to bite us.

Simpson Posts Strong 4Q on North American Sales

Simpson Manufacturing Co. reported modest gains in the fourth quarter, progress that was propelled forward by strong sales in the North American market.

Metrostudy Analyzes Single-Family Housing Trends

Metrostudy has just completed its latest study, covering homebuilder projects all around the nation.