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More stories about Construction

  • Letters

    A vote for double top plates; flush framing with steel; pocket screws in MDF; shades of green; avoid old-growth lumber; more

  • Discouraged Equity Investors Turn to Development Opportunities

    Since the volume of acquisition opportunities never materialized as many investors had hoped, all of that pent-up equity on the sidelines is beginning to view new construction as a more attractive option.

  • Breaking Ground: Labor Prices Help New Construction Deals Pencil Out

    While construction debt is much more limited now, construction costs have come down so much that deals are penciling out again.

  • Framing to a Fixed Elevation

    Use this simple technique to adjust for height above plate when figuring roof cuts.

  • Letters

    Ice-dam discussion

  • Digging for Dollars

    Developers are, inherently, eternally optimistic.

  • Under-the-Radar Construction Markets

    AS RENTAL MARKETS turn in many areas of the country, some smaller markets actually look ripe for new development.

  • Timing the Materials Market

    As the price of materials such as lumber and concrete continue to fall, many developers are employing an "as-needed" approach to purchasing at the end of the second quarter.

  • Pay to Play: Access to Construction Debt Hinges on Relationships

    National and regional banks are slowly starting to provide construction debt again, but they're only opening the balance sheet to those with whom they have an existing or potential long-term relationship.

  • Five Tips for Winning FHA Approval on a New Construction Deal

    With the fatality rate of new Sec. 221(d)(4) loans hovering at about 50 percent, you have to manage your expectations for the loan process. Here are some tips from FHA lenders on how to position your deal for approval.