Homes are often constructed near existing trees to take advantage of their aesthetic and environmental value. Unfortunately, the processes involved with construction can be deadly to nearby trees. Proper planning and care are needed to preserve trees on building sites. An arborist can help you decide which trees can be saved. The arborist can also work with the builder to protect trees throughout each phase of construction. Continue reading Arbor Advice: Protecting trees during construction→
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Housing markets across the country are in need of affordable housing. Builders want to grow that sector, but they can’t. The reason? Rising regulatory fees.
The National Association of Home Builders’ latest study shows that, on average, government regulations account for 24.3 percent of the final house price. The disposable income per capita rose 14.4 percent between their 2011 and 2016 surveys, but regulation costs have risen more than twice as fast. Builders say they simply can’t build single-family homes that fall below FHA loan limits in many counties.