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Rising Rents Create Affordability Problems: Harvard Study

Posted: 12/09/2013 11:22AM

"America’s Rental Housing: Evolving Markets and Needs," a new Harvard study, finds that half of U.S. renters pay more than 30 percent or more of their income on rent, up 12 percentage points.

Strong Remodeling Growth Forecast by Harvard LIRA Study

Posted by Michaelle Bradford | Posted: 01/16/2014 2:34PM

The home remodeling market will reach $144.7 billion in first quarter 2014, according to the Harvard Housing Studies Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA). Remodeling totaled $140 billion in the 4th quarter 2013.

What's Made Out of Wood? Shoe Parts and Lots More

By Bill Esler Posted: 01/12/2014 10:59AM

Wooden heels: I thought it would be interesting to learn about how they are manufactured, and who's producing them. And that lead to the list - of the list of lists - of all things wood. Let's add it to the 2014 Wood Industry Almanac channel.

Global Lumber Outlook for 2014: Market Prospects Look Good

Posted: 01/07/2014 1:12PM

The outlook for global lumber markets hinge on demand forces in the key consuming regions of the world. More specifically, it will be the lumber demand trends in the U.S., China and Western Europe that will shape global markets in 2014 and beyond.

Furniture Producers Led U.S. Manufacturing Expansion in December

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 01/04/2014 9:22PM

Furniture manufacturing expanded in December 2013, as did manufacturing overall - for the 7th month running - while the U.S. economy grew for the 55th consecutive month, say the nation's purchasing managers.

Houzz Study Finds Tub-less Bathrooms Trending

Posted: 01/09/2014 10:30AM

Master baths top most homeowners’ lists and four in ten will be skipping the tub (43 percent), according to the Winter Houzz Bathroom Remodeling Survey of more than 7,500 Houzz users who are in the midst of, or are planning, a bathroom remodel.

Woodworkers: Which Cities Have the Most?

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 12/09/2013 2:53PM

Which U.S. cities have the most cabinetmakers and bench carpenters? Dallas tops the list, with Los Angeles a close second.

Apps for Woodworkers

Posted: 12/01/2013 12:49PM

As the world increasingly moves to smart phones and tablets, apps have become standard tools for engaging customers.

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