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RSS Eye On Housing

  • September Existing Sales Slightly Up October 20, 2017
    September existing sales increased slightly by 0.7% for the first time in four months, but the first-time buyer share decreased to 29% of sales, the lowest share since September 2015. The National Association of Realtors reported that parts of Texas and South Florida had temporary but notable declines due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Some […]
    Stephen Melman
  • Lots Account for 17% of New Home Sale Prices October 20, 2017
    Earlier this month we published two blogs highlighting record-small sizes and record-high prices of new single-family lots. Extending this analysis and incorporating data on new home sale prices shows that, on average, lot values accounted for less than 17% of sale prices of new single-family homes started in 2016, the lowest share since at least […]
    Natalia Siniavskaia
  • Remodeling Market Index Maintains Strength in Third Quarter October 19, 2017
    The Remodeling Market Index (RMI) posted a reading of 57 in the third quarter of 2017, up two points from the previous quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders (Figure 1). For 18 consecutive quarters, the RMI has been at or above 50, which indicates that more remodelers report market activity is higher […]
    Carmel Ford

WMIA has collected a variety of tools to help solve problems in woodworking projects. The Woodworking Technology Shop Guide contains useful conversion tables and other information relating to machinery repair and installation.

You can download the Shop Guide, personalize it by adding your company’s logo, have it printed by your local print shop and distribute it to your customers as a useful tool that will remind them of your company.

Privately-owned housing starts in September 2017 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,127,000. This is 4.7 percent (+/- 8.1%)* below the revised August 2017 estimate of 1,183,000.
September 2017: -4.7* % change
August 2017 (r): -0.2* % change

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Virginia Tech, Virginia Cooperative Extension in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, produce a monthly housing report. These reports contain in-depth data and comments on the U.S. housing market and are intended to help gauge future business activity.

August 2017 Housing Report

All past Virginia Tech – U.S. Forest Service housing reports are archived here

International Trade Administration Industry Snapshot

Global Industry Snapshot – Sawmill & Woodworking Equipment

This Industry Snapshot is presented by the Office of Transportation and Machinery and Global Manufacturing Team within the U.S. International Trade Administration. The International Trade Administration is dedicated to supporting U.S. jobs by strengthening the international competitiveness of U.S. industry, promoting trade and investment, and ensuring fair trade and compliance with trade laws and agreements.

Introduction:  The sawmill and woodworking industry is a vibrant marketplace. From large machinery to handheld tools, woodworking equipment is used to manufacture essential everyday products with increasing levels of precision, quality, and scale. Across the United States, the industry supports over 11,000 well-paying jobs. Many of these jobs are directly attributable to exports. This Industry Snapshot is intended to provide U.S. manufacturers with an overview of the global trade landscape for sawmill and woodworking equipment. Click here to read the full report.

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