Archive for May, 2011

What People are Saying about Shelly’s

Friday, May 27th, 2011

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Rising Activity expected for Housing

Friday, May 13th, 2011

SOURCE: National Association of Realtors


May 12, 2011

Housing and Economic Forecasts Point to Rising Activity 


 WASHINGTON, DC–(Marketwire – May 12, 2011) -Home sales are expected to stay on an uptrend through 2012, although the performance will be uneven with mortgage constraints weighing on the market, according to experts at a residential real estate forum today at the Realtors® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.



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Are You Poised to Take Advantage?

Monday, May 9th, 2011

From the NAHB – Remodel index reaches 4 year high.

 April 28, 2011 – According to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI), the remodeling market is heading into recovery with an increase to 46.5 in the first quarter of 2011 from 41.5 in the fourth quarter of 2010. This marks the highest level for the RMI since the fourth quarter of 2006. An RMI below 50, however, indicates that still more remodelers report market activity is lower (compared to the prior quarter) than report it is higher.

The overall RMI combines ratings of current remodeling activity with indicators of future activity like calls for bids. Current market conditions for the first quarter of 2011 rose to 46.1 from 43.3 in the previous quarter. Future market indicators climbed to 46.8 from 39.7 in the previous quarter.

“Remodelers report a jump in activity so far this year and have been receiving more calls for work and appointments,” said NAHB Remodelers Chairman Bob Peterson, CGR, CAPS, CGP, a remodeler from Ft. Collins, Colo.

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Gov. Corbett signs Construction Bill into Law

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011
HB 377 – Summary
What Builders and Contractors need to know…
Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Builders Association
  • Permanently repeals the Sprinkler requirement for 1 and 2 family dwellings.  
  • Requires a mandatory offer of a sprinkler system from the builder to the buyer at point of sale.
  • Click here for model form.  
  • Requires protection of lightweight floor systems with ½” drywall, 5/8” plywood or equivalent, and establishes exceptions for mechanical chase areas as well as exempts floors built with 2 x 10 or greater dimensional lumber and those systems built over crawlspaces without fuel fired appliances.  
  • Replaces the 2009 Wall bracing requirements with the 2006 standards.   
  • Provides a set of energy efficiency trade-offs for log home builders utilizing 6” logs.   
  • Provides retroactivity for those who have permits issued between Jan 1, 2011 and the effective date for the sprinkler and log wall provisions.

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