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Week of May 10, 2004

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President's Message

* For Working Families, Affordable Housing Is in Short Supply

Housing and Economics

* Consumers Win Latest Round in Canadian Lumber Dispute
* A Housing Price Bubble Does Not Exist, Freddie Mac Economists Say
* Eye on the Economy

Housing Politics

* Sarbanes Blames ‘Ideologues’ for Impasse Over GSE Reform Legislation
* Provisions in Habitat Reform Bill Supported by Builders
* NAHB Unveils Virtual 'Get Out The Vote' Election Web Service

Business Management

* NAHB Kicks Off General Liability Insurance Initiative
* Review Your Accounting Reports to Protect Yourself From Fraud


* Supreme Court Decision Brings Good News on Residential Construction Equipment
* Storm Water Permit Guide Available at


* Stillman Knight Honored for Affordable Housing Efforts
* High-Density Housing an Opportunity for ‘Urban Quality’ Design

Small Builders and Remodelers

* Build a Brand: Become a Household Name
* Publicize May as National Remodeling Month in Your Market


* Survey Says Buyers Want Laundry Rooms, Linen Closets
* Best in American Living Awards Accepting Entries

Seniors Housing

* HUD Urged to Provide FHA Insurance for Age-Restricted Elderly Housing
* Not-So-Big Homes Provide Unique Marketing Advantages

Legal Issues

* Texas Town’s Misconduct Not Enough to Show Taking

Housing Finance

* Responses Sought on HUD Proposal For Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Housing Goals
* National Housing Conference to Honor Angelo Mozilo for Lowering Homeownership Barriers

Codes and Standards

* Stair Geometry, Window Sill Heights on Hearings Agenda


* Second International Housing Conference of the Americas Promotes Business Across Mexican Border


* NAHB Members, Job Corps Students Help DC Habitat in Family Build

Building Products

* Vinyl Siding Stays Put During Severe Weather

Builder's Engineer

* Gold-Fringed Business Cards?

Building News Coast To Coast

Association News & Events

* Calendar of Events

NBN Back Issues


Second International Housing Conference of the Americas Promotes Business Across Mexican Border

FACT: The Mexican home building industry constructed, sold, and financed 2.4 million units valued at $60 billion from 1995 to 2003 — and the demand for housing continues to grow.  

FACT: The Mexican government plans to cultivate the housing industry to build, sell and finance 750,000 new units a year amounting to $20 billion by 2006.

FACT: Mexico’s homeownership rate is among the highest in the world at 87%. 

Maximize your opportunity to enter the Mexican marketplace at the second annual NAHB International Conference of the Americas Nov. 7-10 in Mexico City. Make critical connections for future business and explore partnerships and investment opportunities.

NAHB and CANADEVI  (Mexico’s National Industry Chamber for the Development and Promotion of Housing) have joined forces to offer members the opportunity to meet, learn, exchange ideas and explore business opportunities with top housing industry leaders and government officials.

Register now and be one of the first 200 people to receive a free pass to the 2005 International Builders' Show in Orlando.

For more information about this event, visit the conference Web site. If you would like more information about NAHB International, call 800-368-5242 x 8419 or visit them online.

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