Housing & Construction

These days, local homebuilders are trying to work through federal safety regulations that they say will cost them, home buyers, roofers and subcontractors a lot of money.

The year began with a great deal of optimism that the economic recovery would gradually build momentum and that operating fundamentals for commercial real estate would continue to improve. Much has changed, however. 

Housing starts fell 0.3 percent to a 628,000-unit pace in October from a downwardly revised 630,000-unit pace in September. The decline was concentrated in multifamily. Building permits rose 10.9 percent.

This article outlines how homebuilders across the country are preparing for Energy Star 3.0, which goes into effect January 1, 2012.

The consensus on Beazer's 4Q financials appears to be that downside markers need to stay in place because, although they've been masterful at restructuring its debt and shedding financial and legal encumbrances that could have knocked it for a loop.

D.R. Horton closed out its second profitable fiscal year in a row on Sept. 30, despite delivering 20% fewer homes

This article provides additional perspectives from OSHA regarding their new residential fall protection standard and reactions from the insurance industry.

Alabama's tough new law targeting undocumented Mexican and Central American workers has resulted in a sudden shortage of skilled labor for builders and commercial construction contractors.

The New York Times' Catherine Rampell reports on the most important demographic issue in housing right now: the decline in household formations due to the profound economic challenges people face.

Nationally, 2011 will end sideways with marginal improvements in some metrics and marginal deterioration in others compared to 2010.