U.S. Builder Confidence in 55+ Housing Market Dips in Q1

WORLD PROPERTY JOURNAL, INC | May 07, 2018

According to the National Association of Home Builders' 55+ Housing Market Index released this past week, U.S. builder confidence in the single-family 55+ housing market dropped five points to 66 in the first quarter of 2018. The decline came off of an all-time high reading of 71 from the fourth quarter of 2017.  "Builders and developers for the 55+ housing sector continue to report strong demand," said Chuck Ellison, chairman of NAHB's 55+ Housing Industry Council. "However, there are many places around the country facing labor and lot shortages, along with increased building materials costs, which are affecting production."

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Over the years, RECO has suffered from a lack of oversight, transparency and an unwillingness to consult with the industry. That has to change. Ontario needs a real estate regulator that works better for registrants and consumers.

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