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State & National Updates
Monday Morning Briefing

Economics

 

Builder Confidence Ends Year on a High Note

Builders hopeful Trump will follow through on his pledge to cut regulations.

 

Fed Raises Interest Rates

NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz provides an analysis.

 

Housing Starts Down 18.7% on Multifamily Weakness

Single-family production is up 9.6% year to date.

 

Inside Washington

 

Illinois Builder Ed Brady Being Considered as FHA Commissioner

Outgoing 2016 NAHB chairman in discussions with Trump transition team.

 

Ways and Means Republicans Vote to Support LIHTC

Key housing tax credit to be included as part of efforts to revamp the tax code.

 

 

Industry Insight

 

Take Action Now to Stop Flawed HUD Floodplain Rule

NAHB has created a template letter for you to respond by the Dec. 27 deadline.

 

$1,000 Makes a Big Difference in Housing Affordability 

Modest price hikes can push hundreds of thousands of households out of the market.

 

Trench Collapse Fatalities Doubled in 2016

OSHA levies thousands in fines when employers repeatedly fail to follow safety protocols. 

 

By the Numbers

 

5 Negotiating Tips for Construction Loan Financing

These steps will make it easier to negotiate with your bank or lender.

 

Employers Face Earlier W-2 Deadlines, Higher Fines in 2017

As tax season nears, keep these two big payroll tax filing changes in mind.

 

8 Easy Ways to Keep Jobsites Safe

Following these guidelines can help workers steer clear of hazards.