Ken Simonson

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Are New Starter Homes History? Are New Starter Homes History?

Since World War II ended, builders lured buyers with new houses priced to vie with resale, but better built. But according to this deep dive by BUILDER editor Les Shaver, the starter home may now be on the brink of going extinct. More

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A Recovering Housing Market Buoys Forecasters' Projections A Recovering Housing Market Buoys Forecasters' Projections

A recovering housing market buoys forecasters' projections, but lot and labor shortages could short circuit growth. More

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Construction Employment Steadies or Increases in More Markets

Numbers are spurred by construction of hospitals, universities, and military-related construction More

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Home Building 360: Trade Contractors Shrink, Diversify to Survive Home Building 360: Trade Contractors Shrink, Diversify to Survive

Subs find they must lay off workers and take up other trades to make ends meet. More

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Residential vs. Commercial Construction: Do the Jobs Numbers Lie?

Trade association economist says crossover work by contractors is skewing national employment numbers. More

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