Zoning Rules Thwart Gore's Solar Dreams (DesMoines Register.com/Associated Press) Zoning rules in Al Gore's upscale Tennessee neighborhood have prevented the former vice president and environmental activist from installing solar panels on his roof.

Home Sales Decline (BUILDER Online) David W. Berson, chief economist for Fannie Mae is predicting a drop of 7 percent to 8 percent in new-home sales for the remainder of 2007.

Home Builder Confidence Drops in March (DetNews.com) Builders are feeling less confident about the single-family, new-home market, according to the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index.

Homes Picture Mixed After Starts Data (Yahoo News/Reuters) The pace of U.S. home construction rose a sharp 9 percent in February but permits for future building slid.

Stranded Home Buyers Have New Hope (azcentral.com) Frontier Homes purchases 430 lots home builder Turner-Dunn, of which 143 were already under construction in Arizona and had been sitting in limbo since last summer.

Home Loan Demand Drops for First Time in Four Weeks (Yahoo News/Reuters) This reflects a drop in demand for home refinancing even as interest rates hovered near recent lows.

More Subprime Woes (Yahoo! News/Reuters) Fannie Mae severs all business ties with New Century Financial Corp.; People's Choice Home Loan Inc., joins more than two dozen home-financing firms that have sought Chapter 11 protection since the subprime crisis began at the end of 2006.

Best Home Building Web Sites Trends Announced (PR Web) The Web Marketing Association releases the Internet Standards Assessment Report (ISAR) to help home builders create more effective and engaging Web sites.

Take the BUILDER Poll (BUILDER Online) HUD released a new study on the state of homelessness in America in February. Most builders and developers recognize that there is a severe shortage of affordable housing in this country, yet many have walked away from first-time home buyers. Is your company looking to get into the affordable market in a bigger way this year, especially in light of the overall market downturn at higher price points?

Check out the March issue of BUILDER. (BUILDER Online)

Robb Crocker is the Senior Editor for BUILDER Online. Please email any comments, questions, suggestions and news tips to rcrocker@hanleywood.com.

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