U.S. Architecture Billings Index Slips in March

AIA | April 18, 2019

According to a new data released this week today from The American Institute of Architects (AIA), following consistently increasing demand for design services for over two years, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dipped into negative territory in March 2019. The ABI score for March was 47.8, down from 50.3 in February. Indicators of work in the pipeline, including inquiries into new projects and the value of new design contracts remained positive.

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It’s become clear in the last few years that in today’s real estate market, the only constant is change. From home values that rise and fall unpredictably, to the tightening of credit availability, and the changing demographics of today’s homebuyer, working as a real estate professional can be a thrill ride. In our 2012 Business Plan, we’ll explore current trends in the real estate market, discuss the importance of having a strategic vision for your business, and provide you with worksheets and exercises to help you take your business to the next level.

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