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Spokane’s Soaring Home Prices

April 14, 2021 | Comments Off on Spokane’s Soaring Home Prices

When we look at home costs we focus on land, labor and lumber. Right now, all are in short supply causing a dramatically higher home price. With home prices in Spokane up 21% from this time last year, supply and demand is not the full story. We are in a housing crisis, no doubt. In a healthy housing market, a city should have between six and eight months of existing inventory-we have 11 days. And we wonder why prices are high. A large contributor is the sky-high costs of lumber. In April of 2020, lumber was $259 per one-thousand feet,…

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To Build Energy Efficient Homes We Need to Focus on Science, Not Ideology

March 10, 2021 | Comments Off on To Build Energy Efficient Homes We Need to Focus on Science, Not Ideology

SPOKANE, Washington – With housing prices already squeezing many buyers out of the market, Washington State’s energy codes will shut the door on more buyers with ‘misguided energy ideologies’. Energy efficiency and carbon neutralization are important objectives that the whole community can get behind, builders and buyers alike. However, the recent energy codes enacted on February 1st of this year have resulted in over 75,000 homebuyers statewide being priced out of the market, according to recent data released by the National Association of Home Builders. This carbon emission enforcement comes amidst a record housing shortage and skyrocketing home prices in…

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SHBA Co-Branded Media Campaign

January 27, 2021 | Comments Off on SHBA Co-Branded Media Campaign

We are thrilled to have launched our first ever Co-Branded Media Campaign. Inaugural members Condron Homes, Luxury Homes, Hug Construction, Untamed Construction, Eric Madsen Homes, and RYN Built Homes are all committed to leading the way in home construction, building innovation, and giving back to our community. We believe that every American deserves the opportunity to own a home & build equity and these members are literally building to that point. Since 1947 Spokane Home Builders Association has been committed to protecting and promoting the housing industry with over 700 members. With housing supply at an all time low, now…

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Mental Wellbeing Becoming Increasingly Important for Construction Workers

December 8, 2020 | Comments Off on Mental Wellbeing Becoming Increasingly Important for Construction Workers

The coronavirus pandemic has put a strain on the mental health of nearly everyone in the world. Economic uncertainty, forced solitude and worries about contracting the virus have increased stress levels in most adults. But even before the pandemic, construction workers were particularly susceptible to mental health issues and suicide. More construction workers die by suicide each day than all workplace-related fatalities combined with a rate of 43.5 suicides per 100,000 workers, second only to the mining and oil/gas extraction industry. Following a multi-year initiative to combat opioid misuse in home building, NAHB is launching a new effort focused on member…

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