Starter home sales continue to lag

Starter home sales continue to lag in the second quarter of 2017, according to surveys, as do trade-up home sales and overall home inventory shrinks. This according to Trulia’s most recent Inventory & Price Watch report. “U.S. home inventory tumbled 8.9% over the year in the second quarter of 2017, and has now fallen for […]

Take it easy this summer!

Take it easy this summer! Most of us Southwest Floridians know – and appreciate – the relative slow pace of summers in our region. We have far fewer visitors and tourists. Our school and work schedules are lessen, some by a little, some by a lot. The weather is always wonderful (if no storms threaten). […]

Construction jobs bill passed the U.S. House

A construction jobs bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week but it’s unclear if the measure will make it through the U.S. Senate and into law. The House re-authorized the Perkins Act, a law originally adopted in 1948 and overhauled in 2006 which authorizes money to high schools and post-secondary schools for student […]

Builder confidence is high despite slight weakening

Builder confidence is high despite slight weakening in a morale index maintained monthly by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, or HMI, dipped just a bit after revision in May from a numerical rating of 69 to a rating of 67. But the NAHB insists the revised […]

Construction wages are rising

Construction wages are rising, according to the most recent published surveys and will continue to rise through 2017. At least that’s the immediate past and future for construction staff wages and salaries – employees and workers to handle necessary tasks and jobs such as project estimating, project managing and supervising job sites. Construction staff wages […]

Avoid a summer home mess

Ah, yes, it’s summer and the kids are all over the house but – good news! – there are plenty of ways to avoid a summer home mess. Just because the kids are all over the place and running wild with fun summer activities – and you’re dashing them all over town, even more than […]