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Share of 5,000+ Square Foot Homes Down Slightly in 2018

By John Marion | December 2, 2019

Share of 5,000+ Square Foot Homes Down Slightly in 2018 According to the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction, the share of new homes started with 5,000 square feet or more of living space stood at 2.88 percent in 2018, down slightly from 3.08 percent in 2017. A total of 25,000 5,000+ square-foot homes were started…

Builder Confidence Holds Firm in November

By John Marion | November 20, 2019

Builder Confidence Holds Firm in November Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes edged one point lower to 70 in November, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The past two months mark the highest sentiment levels in 2019. Single-family builders are currently reporting ongoing positive…

Highest Paid Occupations in Construction in 2018

By John Marion | October 15, 2019

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…

Women in Construction: Employment Reaches Pre-Recession Levels

By John Marion | September 18, 2019

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…

30-Year Mortgage Rate Declined in August

By John Marion | August 30, 2019

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…

HBA Parade of Homes – John Marion Custom Homes

By John Marion | June 20, 2019

Springfield HBA 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…

2019 HBA Parade of Homes

By John Marion | June 17, 2019

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…

Raising The Roof – Attorney Jason Smith

By John Marion | June 11, 2019

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.

Raising The Roof – Meeks The Builders Choice

By John Marion | June 3, 2019

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…

Raising The Roof – James Hardie Siding

By John Marion | May 23, 2019

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,…

Above are updates on the progress of our current projects and links to our radio show Raising The Roof with John Marion. We will also post about upcoming events by the Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield and other news and current events relating to Home Building and Remodeling.