(Part seven in a 13-part series) The homebuilding industry will be watching Rick Judson this year because Judson will spend the year watching over the homebuilding industry. Judson, 63, is the 2013 president of the National Home Builders Association, a nonprofit lobbying and advocacy organization with a $70 million annual budget and 150,000 members from throughout the residential construction and related industries.
Rick Judson is no longer simply principal manager of Evergreen Group. Starting in January, he'll also be the president of the D.C.-based National Association of Home Builders, the first builder from Charlotte to occupy the office and only the third from North Carolina.
Quick: On a scale of 1 to 100, what’s your “sentiment index”? That’s apparently the question the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo people ask homebuilders every month.
The U.S. housing market will begin to mount a turnaround this year, building toward a solid recovery in 2013, according to a forecast by the chief economist of a homebuilding industry trade group.
WASHINGTON — Congressional bargainers have agreed to increase the size of mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration in a compromise being hailed by the housing industry but criticized by conservatives. Under the deal by House and Senate negotiators, the FHA would be able to insure mortgages worth up to $729,750 in the most expensive [...]
The National Association of Home Builders has one message for its members: Come clean. The NAHB has published a two-page document that advises builders to get together with appraisers at the site where a home will be built, or has already been finished, and give all the information they can on price. The guidelines recommend [...]
In the Charlotte metro area, there are nine homebuilders associations. Many of them are suffering from lower membership numbers, a side effect of the housing market’s troubles. For some HBAs, memberships are down by more than 50 percent, which means less income to operate, which in turn means staffing and hours of operation have been [...]
This month, the Federal Housing Administration’s single-family home loan limits dropped in more than 600 counties across the U.S., including some in the Charlotte area. On its face, it sounds like more grim news for the housing industry: Lower loan limits and price more people out of homeownership. But housing industry officials say it should [...]
Twenty-three U.S. housing markets qualify as “improving,” but Charlotte is not one of them, according to a report released last week. The second edition of the National Association of Home Builders/ First American Improving Markets Index is based on housing permits, employment and housing prices. Twelve markets made the first edition of the list, which [...]
News stories, pundits and blog entries across the U.S. have recently trumpeted the return of the smaller home as consumers look for ways to cut expenses as the economy limps along. But the trend has skipped over the Charlotte area, industry officials say. “Big, small: The size does not matter,” said Lori Lindsey, executive officer [...]