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Highest Paid Occupations in Construction in 2018

Highest Paid Occupations in Construction in 2018 According to the 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey data and analysis by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), half of payroll workers in construction earn more than $47,290 and the top 25% make at least $66,290. In comparison, the U.S. median wage…

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Women in Construction: Employment Reaches Pre-Recession Levels

Women in Construction: Employment Reaches Pre-Recession Levels The number of women employed in the construction industry grew substantially in 2018 rising to 1.1 million, a total reached prior to the Great Recession. As the construction skilled labor shortage remains a key challenge, adding new workers is an important goal of the industry. Bringing additional women…

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30-Year Mortgage Rate Declined in August

30-Year Mortgage Rate Declined in August For the eighth straight month, information compiled by Freddie Mac shows that mortgage rates continued to decline. As of August 2019, the 30-year FRM – Commitment rate, fell by 15 basis points to 3.62 percent from 3.77 percent in July. The cycle peak was 4.87 percent in November. According…

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HBA Parade of Homes – John Marion Custom Homes

HBA Parade Home

Springfield Parade of Homes 2019 – Homes #1 & #10 The 2019 HBA Parade of Homes begins tomorrow at 1pm! Don’t miss your chance to tour these 11 beautiful homes – especially JMCH homes #1 and #10. Here’s a sneak peak inside them both. House #1 – Willard, MO House #10 – Springfield, MO Parade…

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2019 HBA Parade of Homes

Springfield, MO Parade of Homes June 21-23 & 28-30 The HBA’s annual Parade of Homes event starts this Friday, June 21st! This year’s Parade will feature 11 beautiful homes built by some of the area’s top builders and of course members of the HBA of Greater Springfield. We can’t wait for you to see both…

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Raising The Roof – Attorney Jason Smith

Spencer Fane

Raising The Roof with John Marion Custom Homes Builder John Marion visits with attorney Jason Smith who is a partner at Spencer Fane in Springfield, Missouri. Jason gives some great tips to help protect yourself (as a homeowner or builder) when beginning a building or remodeling project.

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Raising The Roof – Meeks The Builders Choice


Raising The Roof with John Marion Custom Homes John Marion visits with Jim Kirby and Lee Anderson from Meeks to discuss Lumber. In this episode you will learn all you ever wanted to know about the lumber used to build your new home! Also, learn about the history of Meeks as well as the lumber…

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Raising The Roof – James Hardie Siding

James Hardie Siding

Raising The Roof with John Marion Custom Homes Springfield Missouri custom home builder John Marion sat down with James Hardie representative Derek Shimeall to discuss siding. Learn about the unique and cutting edge technology used to create the fiber cement siding materials. As well as the various style options, their signature baked on color processes,…

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Builder Confidence Posts Solid Gain in May

Housing Market Index

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes rose three points to 66 in May, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Builder sentiment is at its highest level since October 2018 after declines in late 2018 due to higher interest rates and concerns over slower growth.…

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For Remodelers, Shortages of Skilled Labor Remain Elevated

Skilled Labor Shortage

In response to NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey for the 3rd quarter of 2018, roughly 85 percent of remodelers reported shortages of workers available to perform finished or rough carpentry, and nearly half (48 percent) classified the shortage of finished carpenters as serious.  Although these percentages are down slightly from a year earlier, they remain seriously…

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