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  • PROTRACTED LABOR SHORTAGE SEVERELY HAMPERING GROWTH

    Contractors say they could be growing as much as 50% more if they could find qualified help. By all indications it’s going to be a banner year for replacement contractors who are enjoying sustained growth in the midst of the ongoing recovery. But that growth could be much higher if not for one persistent problem:

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  • EXISTING HOME SALES DROP IN MAY

    But national median price reaches an all-time high. Existing-home sales in May dropped 0.4% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.43 million from adownwardly revised 5.45 million in April, 3% behind the pace of a year earlier and the third straight month of declines. Only the Northeast eked out a gain, up 4.6% to

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  • 6 QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT LARGE OPENING DOOR SYSTEMS

    A builder’s checklist to use before selecting your large opening folding, sliding, or swing door supplier The hottest residential design trend for five years running is the indoor/outdoor living area, according to the American Institute of Architects. Their bellwether AIA Home Design Trends Survey has crowned it the most desired home space selection since 2013, easily brushing

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  • CALIFORNIA MEDIAN HOME PRICE TOPS $600K

    Prices at highest ever, leading to sales declines. California’s median home price reached a new high in May, while home sales retreated both on a monthly and annual basis, wiping out most of the gains posted for the year, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said late Tuesday. Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a

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  • NEW UNIVERSAL SHOWER HEAD BY CROSSWATER LONDON

    The Elements 8-Jet Shower Head features a total of 64 individual sprays. Crosswater London’s newly-launched Elements 8-Jet Shower Head is the company’s first universal shower head, designed to mesh stylistically with traditional, contemporary, or transitional aesthetics. The shower head is constructed from solid brass, and features a maximum flow rate of 1.75 gpm. Its eight

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  • HOUSING STARTS UP 5% IN MAY

    Permits, however, fall 4.6%. Housing starts in May rose 5% from a revised April estimate to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,350,000, 20.3% above the May 2017 rate and a 10-year high, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. Single-family housing starts in May were at a rate of 936,000, 3.9% above the revised April figure

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