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Strong sales lift US home prices 5.1 percent in August

...which has pushed the percentage of Americans who own homes to a 48-year low of 63.4 percent.More single-family home building is needed to boost overall supplies, hold down price gains and give potential buyers more choices.The number of...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-10-27/strong-sales-lift-us-home-
Columbia County cracks down on unlicensed contractors

...County has started the process of ridding its growing construction industry of unlicensed contractors as the demand for home-building permits continues to increase with the projected rise in cyberdefense jobs at Fort Gordon.Last month, building inspectors...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-09-14/columbia-county-cracks-down-u
Gauge of future health of economy up 0.6 percent in June

...the rest of this year. The June advance was supported by favorable interest rates and strength in applications for home building permits.Jesse Hurwitz, an economist at Barclays, said that the solid advance in the index was a reflection of a...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-07-23/gauge-future-health-econom
New housing designation in Columbia County likely to raise new home prices

...that the new district will prove a further hindrance to home building in the county, where there is already a shortage of...costs and additional federal regulations are making home building more costly."I think we're going to see a pretty...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2015-07-20/new-housing
US home construction surges to fastest pace since 2007

...builders early in the year and that last quarter's jump pointed to strong pent-up demand.In part, the increased home building reflects a dual nature of the U.S. economy: Hiring has been solid even while overall economic growth has remained feeble...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-05-19/us-home-construction-surge
US construction spending drops 0.6 percent in March

...WASHINGTON - U.S. construction fell in March as an increase in nonresidential construction was offset by declines in home building and government projects.Construction spending dropped 0.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted $966.6 billion in...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-05-01/us-construction-spending-d
US construction spending falls for second month in February

...U.S. construction spending slipped for the second month in February, pulled down by a drop in single-family home building.Construction spending fell 0.1 percent in February after a revised 1.7 percent drop in January, the Commerce...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-04-01/us-construction-spending-f
Home Depot 4Q tops Street on holiday; OKs $18B buyback

...workers to handle increased traffic over the spring and summer. It hired the same number of workers last year during the home building and improvement season.The company's buyback program announced Tuesday replaces its remaining authorization of...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-24/home-depot-4q-tops-street-
Augusta's Habitat for Humanity struggles to find families to serve

...three houses ? two houses in 2014 and one this year."We're hoping that we could get back to a little bit of home building and have four to five families in our pipeline by now, but we're in a slow season," Hoyt said. "We still have...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-08-15/augustas-habitat-humanity-str
Strong home sales, limited supply lift US home prices in May

...ratcheting up the construction of apartments in an effort to keep up with the increased demand. But single-family home building remains lackluster. The pace of single-family home construction has risen 9.1 percent in the past year, while...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-07-28/strong-home-sales-limited-