New Year, New Career in Construction

The pandemic changed the way people lived and worked this year and many industries laid off employees due to economic constraints. One of the overall bright spots in the economy, however, was the home building and remodeling industry. Residential construction was deemed an essential business by many state and local governments across the country during COVID-19 business restrictions. Throughout the …

Remodeling Your Home Safely During COVID-19

The pandemic has upended many activities; however, contractors are continuing to work to modernize homes across the country. Professional remodelers are taking on extra safety precautions to help meet the needs of home owners during the pandemic. If you’re interested in remodeling your home, consider the following steps to help put your mind at ease, so you can comfortably start …

Home Buying Interest Increased Amid the Pandemic

The pandemic changed consumer purchasing habits this year, from more restaurant take out to fewer live, in-person entertainment ticket sales. How did the pandemic affect larger purchases like homes? According to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) latest Housing Trends Report, survey responses show that home buying interest increased amid the pandemic in the third quarter of 2020. Home …

Outdoor Living Design Ideas

With more time spent at home this year, getting some fresh air and spending time outside the home is growing in popularity. Even before the pandemic, the demand for outdoor living space has been growing. A majority of home buyers (87 percent) ranked “patio” among the top essential features in a home, according to a recent analysis from the National …

Preventative Fall Maintenance Tips for Your Home

The leaves are starting to change color and the summer’s heat wave is behind us — all signs that the fall season has finally arrived. With more time spent at home this year, taking on a few preventative home maintenance projects will not only keep your family living space comfortable; it will help safeguard your home investment. Here are a …

Outdoor Living Design Ideas

With more time spent at home this year, getting some fresh air and spending time outside the home is growing in popularity. Even before the pandemic, the demand for outdoor living space has been growing. A majority of home buyers (87 percent) ranked “patio” among the top essential features in a home, according to a recent analysis from the National …

“Green” Mortgages Offer Energy-Efficiency Benefits

Homes this year have transformed into playgrounds, classrooms, home gyms and offices. As a home owner, to address those needs, you are likely increasing your energy usage. Energy or “green” mortgages can offer home owners and home buyers opportunities to purchase homes that utilize energy-efficient technologies through mortgages that permit higher debt-to-income ratio requirements.  Higher home energy costs can translate …

Rising Lumber Prices Threaten Housing Affordability

Despite the toll the pandemic has taken on many industries, housing has been a bright spot for the U.S. economy, particularly for single-family home construction. New single-family home sales, a measure of U.S. home building, increased 13.9 percent in July representing a 13-year high. However, lumber prices have also reached record highs, jeopardizing housing affordability across the country. Without federal …

Women in Construction Build Successful Careers

Career paths and plans have changed for many Americans in 2020 due to the spread of COVID-19. The pandemic has led to significant job losses across multiple industries nationwide. However, the latest data from the U.S. Department of Labor shows residential construction hiring was up more than 300,000 in the last two months. In the United States, women make up …

Professional Women in Building Week, Sept. 14-18

The Greater Fort Smith Association of Home Builders Supports Increased Workforce Development Opportunities for Women to Help Address the Home Building Labor Shortage According to labor force statistics from the Current Population Survey and analyzed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the share of women in the construction industry is currently at 9.86 percent, although women make up …