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Do Business Globally: Learn More at the IBS International Central

Posted on December 7, 2017 by Jorie Helms


global businessCompanies based outside of the United States, as well as American companies doing business internationally — or beginning to think about it — can speak to seasoned professionals with valuable advice at the NAHB International Builders’ Show this January.

The International Central at the 2018 IBS will be buzzing with trends encompassing the varied and diverse global home building industry.

During the show, Central attendees can learn about the latest modular and panelized building systems opportunities, attend sessions taught by officials from the Department of Commerce as well as international representatives on home building opportunities in South Africa and Cote d’Ivoire.

They’ll also explore top global technology trends and global design dos and don’ts for 2018: Each day will provide different networking and educational opportunities.

Attendees do not need to be NAHB Global members, though the Central provides the perfect opportunity to learn more about how becoming a member can be very beneficial to their businesses.

International Central is located at West Concourse, Level 1, Hall A Lobby (by IBS Registration). See the full schedule and learn more.

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OSHBA President Dan Reeves and Hub Internationals Justin Wimberley discuss insurance

Posted on December 7, 2017 by Jorie Helms



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Two IBS Pre-Show Courses Take the Pain Out of Public Speaking

Posted on December 1, 2017 by Jorie Helms


Whether it’s addressing your HBA at events or meetings or answering reporters’ questions, as an NAHB member, you’ve probably had to speak on occasion before your peers, media or the public.

And you might have hated every minute of it.

We hear you. Become a better public speaker, give solid media interviews and craft strong overall messaging for your local with NAHB Education’s IBS pre-show courses at the Hyatt Regency Orlando:

In today’s business world, meetings and news interviews can develop quickly and be posted instantaneously. Spokesperson Training Part I will help you master strategies for developing key messages and delivering them effectively for various platforms, from print to social media to business meetings. The training includes instruction, skill-building exercises and on-camera practice interviews.

Spokesperson Training Part II focuses on presentation skills, providing approaches to organizing and delivering a successful speech or presentation to various audiences. Understand how to analyze your audience, use visual aids, explore body language and more. The training includes instruction, skill-building exercises and on-camera practice interviews.

You can take one or both of these courses — there is no prerequisite. Register today.

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Sneak Preview of the ‘Show Village’ at IBS 2018

Posted on November 30, 2017 by Jorie Helms

Even the massive Orange County Convention Center in Orlando isn’t quite big enough to house all of the exhibits of the NAHB International Builders’ Show.

That’s why each year during IBS, a large portion of the convention center’s parking lot is consumed by Professional Builder’s Show Village — a small community of life-size homes, each displaying many of the latest building products and techniques.

Professional Builder partners with several home builders, designers and product manufacturers to create the neighborhood, which is erected almost literally overnight using modular construction. Professional Builder’s Show Village will feature three homes, all uniquely designed to deliver efficient use of space and energy, maximizing the indoor and outdoor living areas:

  • Rendering of the LaBelle.

    The LaBelle (built by Palm Harbor Homes of Plant City, Fla.) is a transitional 2,655-square-foot home with three bedrooms and two baths. It will feature a pass-through window from the kitchen to the family room, and a multi-slide door that integrates the screened-in porch, fireplace and outdoor kitchen.

  • Rendering of the Atrium.

    The Atrium (also by Palm Harbor Homes) is a small-footprint home — at 1,233 square feet — that is big on amenities. Its urban elements will give it a loft-like feel, incorporating multi-slide doors on the front and back of the home to expand entertaining areas. Its master bedroom suite incorporates a whirlpool and freestanding tub.

  • Rendering of the Modern.

    The Modern (by Nationwide Custom Homes) is a 1,803-square-foot home with one wing devoted to the master bedroom suite with a wardrobe gallery and floating wall. The other wing will feature two bedrooms with a shared bath. The multi-slide door off the great room leads to a massive deck that spans the entire width of the home.

Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the homes and evaluate for themselves all of the innovative products featured within. There will also be nightly block parties for networking and relaxing. For more information, visit buildersshow.com.

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New Home Sales Rate Reaches 10-Year High in October

Posted on November 27, 2017 by Jorie Helms

Sales of newly built, single-family homes in October rose 6.2% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 685,000 units from a downwardly revised September reading, according to newly released data from HUD Census Bureau. This is the highest sales pace since October 2007. Year-to-date, new home sales are 8.9% above their level over the same period last year.

“The October report shows strong sales growth at entry-level price points,” said NAHB chairman Granger MacDonald. “In markets where builders are able to provide homes for families with different household budgets, they can fulfill a growing demand for housing.”

“There is solid growth in the number of sales contracts signed before construction has begun, a strong indicator that new single-family home production should continue to grow as we look ahead to 2018,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz.

The inventory of new homes for sale was 282,000 in October, which is a 4.9-month supply at the current sales pace.

New home sales increased in all four regions. Sales rose 30.2% in the Northeast, 17.9% in the Midwest, 6.4% in the West and 1.3% in the South.


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Builder Confidence Climbs to 8-Month High in November

Posted on November 17, 2017 by Jorie Helms


home with magnifying glassBuilder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes rose two points to a level of 70 in November on the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). This was the highest report since March, and the second highest on record since July 2005.

“November’s builder confidence reading is close to a post-recession high — a strong indicator that the housing market continues to grow steadily,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald. “However, our members still face supply-side constraints, such as lot and labor shortages and ongoing building material price increases.”

“Demand for housing is increasing at a consistent pace, driven by job and economic growth, rising homeownership rates and limited housing inventory,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “With these economic fundamentals in place, we should see continued upward movement of the single-family housing market as we close out 2017.”

Derived from a monthly survey that NAHB has been conducting for 30 years, the HMI gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “good,” “fair” or “poor.” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “high to very high,” “average” or “low to very low.”

Scores for each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.

Two out of the three HMI components registered gains in November. The component gauging current sales conditions rose two points to 77 and the index measuring buyer traffic increased two points to 50. Meanwhile, the index charting sales expectations in the next six months dropped a single point to 77.

Looking at the three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores, the Northeast jumped five points to 54 and the South rose one point to 69. Both the West and Midwest remained unchanged at 77 and 63, respectively.

HMI tables can be found at nahb.org/hmi. More information on housing statistics is also available at housingeconomics.com.

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