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State & National Updates
Monday Morning Briefing

The Weekly News Digest of the National Association of Home Builders

Economics


Construction Costs on the Rise

Softwood lumber, gypsum, OSB and concrete prices up in February.


Builder Confidence at a 12-Year High

Trump's move to roll back regulations buoys builders. 


Single-Family Starts Highest Since Late 2007

Production expected to grow throughout the year. 

 

Inside Washington


Trump Proposes $6 Billion Cut to HUD

President's spending plan is first step in negotiations with Congress. 

 

Green Building


Builders Rank the Most, Least Popular Green Practices

More buyers are zeroing in on energy efficiency. 


Home Appraisals to Include HERS Scores

The change should help in the valuation of above-code energy improvements.