2017 Single-Family Forecast

If you’re a single-family homebuilder, you’ll be glad to hear that industry analysts anticipate that 2017 will be a strong year for sales of new single-family homes. Dodge Data & Analytics predicts that single-family starts will increase 9% next year to 795,000 homes. The National Association of Realtors is more cautious, predicting that we’ll see 620,000 new home sales – a significant increase from the estimated 570,000 in 2016.

Industry watchers think that the coming year will be steadier than 2016, which witnessed a number of wild swings. For example, the number of housing starts in October 2016 was the highest monthly total since the early 1980s, but new starts cratered in November.

The new administration in Washington has promised to cut business taxes and slash regulations. While it’s true that lower taxes will benefit single-family builders, they’ll have minimal impact on the multifamily market. That’s because many apartment operators are organized as real estate investment trusts (REITs), which already avoid most corporate taxes. Moreover, most of the regulations in the housing industry are on the state and local level, not federal.

The industry consensus is that the economy will perform slightly better this year, with modest increases in both Gross Domestic Product and job growth. As always, LP Building Products is prepared to support single-family builders in 2017 with our full line of engineered wood framing, panels and siding products. Check out some of our case studies showing how single-family homebuilders have used our products in application!

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Industry Trends5 min

Helping Small Builders Compete Against the Giants

Big builder market share has doubled in the last 25 years and now represents about 50 percent of housing starts nationwide – and even 75 percent in some major metro areas. These mega-builders have huge budgets for both land development and marketing. It’s increasingly difficult for small and medium-sized builders to compete, but LP is committed to helping them prosper.

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Maintenance5 min
Turn Your Tax Refund Into Lasting Home Improvement

GoBankRates.com estimates that the average tax refund this year will total about $3,000. In a survey conducted by that organization, 10 percent of respondents said they plan to splurge on a vacation or luxury item when the refund arrives. But 9 percent plan to use that money for a “major purchase.”

Leading the Way in Supply Chain Innovation

To better serve its customers in areas of order accuracy and delivery predictability, LP has set some of the industry’s most aspirational supply chain goals. Senior leaders meet regularly with experts at Gartner, arguably the nation’s best consulting firm in the realm of supply chain optimization. The aim is to apply best practices in procurement, logistics and working capital across more than $1 billion of addressable spend.

Maintenance4 min
Outdoor Spring Cleaning Checklist: The Complete Homeowner’s Guide

Move aside, Old Man Winter—it’s officially springtime. Could your home’s exterior use some sprucing up before you’re officially ready to soak up the sun? This spring cleaning season, make sure you’re showing some TLC to both the interior and exterior of your home.