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House-Hasson’s Big Year for New Stores, Remodels

This year has been big for House-Hasson Hardware, which completed more new stores and remodels for dealers in 2015 than in any other year in the company’s history. House-Hasson reached store-set records for itself in 2013 and 2014, but this past ... Read More »

Shopping at Amazon Vs. a Local Business

Consumers need to understand the impact of buying products through Amazon rather than local businesses, such as independent home improvement retailers. Here’s a way to educate your customers. The Advocates for Independent Business created an infographic that shows the difference consumers make on ... Read More »

Home Sales Decrease From September to October

October home sales declined since September, but remained higher than in October 2014. Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions on single-family homes, town homes, condominiums and co-ops, dropped 3.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.36 million in October from ... Read More »

Home Sales and Prices Increase in Q3

Both home sales and home prices were on the rise throughout the U.S. in the third quarter, according to the National Association of Realtors. Total existing-home sales, including for single-family houses and condominiums, increased 3.4 percent from the second quarter to the third ... Read More »

Consumer Confidence Builds Slightly in September

Consumer confidence continues to be on the upswing, though moderately, according to the Consumer Confidence Index. The index now stands at 103, up from 101.3, in August, according to The Conference Board, a research association that compiles the data. “Consumer ... Read More »

U.S. Housing Starts Down in August

The number of housing starts in the U.S. fell 3 percent from July to August, even though the amount of building permits issued increased by 3.5 percent, according to new federal statistics. “Permit growth indicates that our members feel confident ... Read More »

Home Sales Continue Growth Trend in July

Existing-home sales increased again in July, continuing a three-month upward growth trend, according to the National Association of Realtors. Existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, increased 2 percent to 5.59 million in July from ... Read More »

June Home Sales Set Best Pace Since 2007

The number of homes sold in the U.S. and their median selling prices increased in June, up from 2014 and setting the highest selling pace since 2007. Completed sales transactions on existing homes increased to 573,000, which is growth of 13.2 percent from a year ago, ... Read More »