NAHB Now | The News Blog of the National Association of Home Builders NAHB Now | The News Blog of the National Association of Home Builders Mon, 17 Dec 2018 19:00:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 67839597 FHA Issues Final Rule Streamlining Home Warranty Requirements Mon, 17 Dec 2018 19:00:44 +0000 The rule would eliminate the regulations that require borrowers to purchase 10-year protection plans in order to qualify for certain mortgages on newly-constructed single-family homes.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 0 13716 IBS ‘Game Changers’ Spotlight: The New Suburbia Mon, 17 Dec 2018 17:00:00 +0000 A significant portion of younger home buyers are considering alternatives to the high-priced cities, especially as millennials increasingly start forming families of their own. But most have no intention of recreating their parents’ suburbia, either.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 0 13709 Builder Confidence Drops Four Points Amid Concerns Over Housing Affordability Mon, 17 Dec 2018 15:00:00 +0000 Although this is the lowest HMI reading since May 2015, builder sentiment remains in positive territory.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 0 13680 HUD Announces New FHA Loan Limits for 2019 Fri, 14 Dec 2018 21:30:00 +0000 The nationwide rise in median home prices indicates most buyers across the country — including those in more than 3,000 counties — will see increases.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 0 13710 Efficiency Begins Underground for 2019 Show Home Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:00:05 +0000 A top-of-the-line insulation package will help The New American Home 2019 achieve next-level energy efficiency.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 0 13423 Fed Hints at Wait-and-See Approach to 2019 Interest Rates Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:00:00 +0000 Federal Reserve officials recently signaled a more data-dependent approach to monetary policy in 2019. NAHB economists forecast a more dovish path for the federal funds rate than many others had predicted earlier this year.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 0 13694 Trump Signs Executive Order on Opportunity Zones Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:00:59 +0000 President Trump yesterday signed an executive order to spur more investment in opportunity zones, a new type of economic development incentive created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 1 13702 Home Builders Recognized for Lobbying Clout Thu, 13 Dec 2018 20:00:41 +0000 A prominent Capitol Hill publication recently listed NAHB among the most powerful and highly esteemed trade groups in Washington.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 2 13703 Farm Bill Contains Important Forestry Provisions Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:30:17 +0000 Congress has passed the 2018 farm bill that includes key forestry provisions to implement critical forest management reforms that will help improve the health of the nation’s forest system and reduce America’s reliance on foreign sources of timber.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 0 13700 Building Systems Councils Awards Honor Top Designs and Industry Professionals Thu, 13 Dec 2018 16:30:00 +0000 This year’s home design winners showcased the flexibility offered by systems-built construction. From a modern and modestly sized home that blended the best in traditional log and modular manufacturing to a sprawling lake-side timber frame residence, the 2019 home design honorees highlighted the diverse nature of the industry.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 0 13692