new home construction http://michiganradio.org en Union: Michigan home builders not telling the truth when they claim there's a labor shortage http://michiganradio.org/post/union-michigan-home-builders-not-telling-truth-when-they-claim-theres-labor-shortage <p>A major union is disputing claims by Michigan’s home builders that there are not enough skilled workers to fill all the jobs in the state’s resurgent construction industry.</p><p></p><p>New home prices are up in Michigan this year. Building permits are also up.</p><p></p><p>But the Home Builders Association of Michigan released a survey last month claiming a deep gap between the number of skilled trades workers and the jobs available.</p><p></p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 03:39:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 13151 at http://michiganradio.org Union: Michigan home builders not telling the truth when they claim there's a labor shortage Michigan home builders have trouble finding skilled workers http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-home-builders-have-trouble-finding-skilled-workers <p>Building permits are up by more than a third this year in Michigan.&nbsp; Home prices are also rising.</p><p></p><p>These should be great days for Michigan’s homebuilding industry, which nearly ground to a halt during the recession.</p><p></p><p>But there’s a problem: not enough workers.</p><p></p><p>A survey finds a third of Michigan homebuilding contractors are having trouble finding enough workers to do the job.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 29 May 2013 16:30:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 12787 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan home builders have trouble finding skilled workers There is growing optimism in Michigan's home building industry http://michiganradio.org/post/there-growing-optimism-michigans-home-building-industry <p>Michigan’s home builders are optimistic about the year ahead.</p><p></p><p>The recession walloped Michigan’s home building industry. Many builders went out of business. Others merged and focused on home remodeling.</p><p></p><p>But a new survey shows Michigan’s home builders are optimistic about getting back into the business of building new homes. They say pent up consumer demand, especially for more expensive homes ($200,000 to $800,000), is pushing up the Michigan Housing Index.</p><p></p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 15:37:50 +0000 Steve Carmody 12045 at http://michiganradio.org There is growing optimism in Michigan's home building industry Michigan's home builders expect more housing starts this year http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-home-builders-expect-more-housing-starts-year <p>Michigan’s homebuilders are predicting a 39% increase in new home construction this year.</p><p></p><p>Michigan’s home building industry collapsed during the recession, down to roughly six thousand new homes built in 2009.</p><p></p><p>This year, they’re hoping to build at least 14 thousand homes.</p><p></p><p>Bob Filka is the CEO of the Michigan Home Builders Association.</p><p></p><p>“Its good news, but it’s also all relative,” says Filka,&nbsp; “In the context of what used to be normal in construction in the state of Michigan, we’re really looking at about half of normal.”</p><p></p> Sat, 05 Jan 2013 20:22:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 10621 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's home builders expect more housing starts this year Fewer new homes available for buyers in southeast Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/fewer-new-homes-available-buyers-southeast-michigan <p>There is a growing shortage of new homes in southeast Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; That could be&nbsp;good news to the region&rsquo;s home builders who have been struggling since before the recession began.</p><p>New home construction bottomed out in southeast Michigan in 2009 when few people were in the market for a home, new or not.</p><p>Last year, the number of home construction permits tripled, but still demand for new homes outstripped the supply.</p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 20:02:09 +0000 Steve Carmody 6234 at http://michiganradio.org Fewer new homes available for buyers in southeast Michigan