Economic

Risk Factors Affecting Economic Growth

For decision makers, gauging the future pace of economic growth is one of five fundamental inputs for planning, production and pricing decisions today. 

China's Appetite for Logs & Lumber Grows Considerably

Importation of logs and lumber to China reached a new record in 2013 with lumber imports being up 19% and log imports increasing 23% from 2012.

Chill in Housing Market Due to More Than Cold Weather

While unseasonably cold and snowy weather has taken much of the blame for the short-fall in the economic data, particularly those related to construction, there may be more than cold weather sending a chill through the housing market. 

"Weather-Resistant" Permit Data Suggests Strong 2014

The less weather-sensitive permits data suggests that our forecast for solid growth in single-family housing production in 2014 remains on track, as pent-up housing demand is unleashed.

Weak December Leads to Lower 2014 Housing Expectations

Surprisingly weak new home sales figures for December and downward revisions to the prior two months have lowered expectations for housing in 2014. 

Why Jobs Most Important Factor for Housing Demand

Urs Buehlmann of Viginia Tech and Al Schuler breakdown the state of housing in the U.S.

Top 10 Home Construction Potential: Large Metro Areas

NerdWallet analyzed the top 100 most populous metro areas to determine which have characteristics that are favorable to homebuyers.  Here are the top 10 large metro areas for homeownership.

NAHB Chief Economist's Housing Outlook for 2014

While the year 2013 ended on a weak note for housing, the statistics for year-end totals reveal a strong performance for home building. 

Construction Labor Shortages Looming

At the end of the year, growth figures in employment for construction and manufacturing were mixed, but the outlook for 2014 was positive.

Top 10 Fastest Growing Economies Led by Oil & Gas Production

As nationwide growth accelerates, more and more local economies are expected to grow as well; these are America’s fastest growing economies.