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Home builders with outstanding construction loans are reporting that they are having to stop work on new housing developments and are losing sales as the result of failed banks and thrift institutions being taken over by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
“Builders with outstanding loans that are placed under FDIC control are frequently unable to contact a decision maker to deal with routine but time-sensitive matters related to loan draws or extensions,” NAHB President and CEO Jerry Howard said in a Nov. 20 letter to FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair. ... Read More
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Responding to unsubstantiated news reports raising concerns over radon radiation in granite countertops, the Marble Institute of America reported on Nov. 17 that in the largest scientific study of the product ever it did not find a single stone slab that poses a health risk.
“Quantities of radon and radiation emitted by stones included in the analysis all fell well below average background levels commonly found in the United States,” the institute said. ...... Read More
The Western N.Y. housing market hasn’t experienced the peaks and valleys of the housing market as dramatically as some other markets across the nation. Like the tortoise in Aesop’s fable, new home production and prices in the area have moved at a slow and steady pace.
“Like everyone, we’ve taken some hits and consumer confidence has been affected, but overall we’re a market that has bucked the trend,” said Joe McIvor, executive vice president of the Buffalo Niagara Builders Association. ...... Read More
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