Builders Remain in a Holding Pattern, Expect Improvement

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Market Studies, News Builder Confidence Credit Conditions Current Sales Conditions Home Sales 2014-04-15 Tory Barringer April 15, 2014 586 Views Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: Builder Confidence Credit Conditions Current Sales Conditions Home Sales The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: HUD and Dubuque, Iowa Settle Allegations of Discrimination Next: Recent Ellie Mae Outage Not a Cyber-Attack Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Builder confidence stayed mostly flat in April, nudging up slightly from a downward revision to March’s findings.The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported a one-point increase in its monthly Housing Market Index (HMI), a measure of builders’ confidence in the market for newly constructed single-family homes. March’s index was revised down to 46 from an originally reported 47.Registering 47 as of the latest release, the index has now spent three straight months below 50, the threshold between a market viewed largely as “good” and one viewed as “bad.”“Builder confidence has been in a holding pattern the past three months,” said Kevin Kelly, NAHB chairman. “Looking ahead, as the spring home buying season gets into full swing and demand increases, builders are expecting sales prospects to improve in the months ahead.”Of the three component indexes measuring housing conditions, the gauges for both current sales conditions and traffic of prospective buyers remained steady at 51 and 32, respectively. The measure for expected sales in the next six months climbed four points to 57, reflecting greater optimism among builders.“Job growth is proceeding at a solid pace, mortgage interest rates remain historically low and home prices are affordable,” said NAHB chief economist David Crowe. “While these factors point to a gradual improvement in housing demand, headwinds that are holding up a more robust recovery include ongoing tight credit conditions for home buyers and the fact that builders in many markets are facing a limited availability of lots and labor.”At the regional level, the Northeast was the only area to report increased confidence, posting an index of 36 compared to 30 in March. Sentiment was down in the Midwest and West and stayed flat in the South.Looking at the three-month moving average for each regional HMI, all regions saw declines in March, with only the West hovering above the 50 mark. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img  Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe Builders Remain in a Holding Pattern, Expect Improvement Home / Daily Dose / Builders Remain in a Holding Pattern, Expect Improvement Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

California driver mows down eigh pedestrians in ‘possibly intentional’ crash

first_imgiStock(SUNNYVALE, Calif.) — A driver in California sped through an intersection and plowed into a group of pedestrians on Tuesday night, injuring at least eight people, including a 13-year-old.The crash took place at about 6:30 p.m. in Sunnyvale, a suburb of San Jose, and about 45 minutes south of San Francisco.A Sunnyvale police spokesperson said, according to witness statements, the driver did not appear to slow down, and hit pedestrians in the crosswalk and on the sidewalk.“We do have witness statements that show that vehicle did not attempt to slow down or brake, and the scene itself doesn’t show any evidence of breaking,” Jim Choi, of the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, said.The driver was taken into custody at the scene.Video from the scene showed a black sedan with heavy front-end damage sitting off the side of the road against a tree.“It looks like it may have been an intentional act. All of that is under investigation at this time,” Choi said, adding, “We know that this is an isolated event in that no one is outstanding, no danger to the community.”Multiple ambulances were called to the scene to assist with the injured patients, but the exact nature of the injuries was still unclear.“We do know that several of the patients that we had treated on scene had serious injuries — we just don’t know the extent,” Choi said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The big issue

first_imgWhat will be the biggest issue your business faces in 2008?That was the question posed by British Baker in its last online poll at [http://www.bakeryinfo.co.uk]. Between 10 December 2007 and 5 February, when it closed, 39% of respondents believed that skills shortages would be the biggest issue to face their business in 2008. That’s higher than those who cited rising ingredients costs, at 35%.This will be the biggest issue facing your business and the industry for the foreseeable future, unless something is done to retain the skills left, and instil them into the next generation.What can be done? Quite a lot, actually. The industry has a chance to ensure any future training and education provision it receives is relevant. To that end, the ABST is working on a proposal for a National Skills Academy Training Centre for Bakery (NSATCB). It has already gained support from the British Society of Baking and the Association of Bakery Ingredient Manufacturers and is now seeking support from other leading industry bodies – the Worshipful Company of Bakers, National Association of Master Bakers, Federation of Bakers and British Confectioners’ Association.The case for action will be put forward to the wider industry at the Baking Industry Exhibition at the NEC in April.The future of the industry has reached a fork in the road. It can either carry on along its current path, continuing to lose its skills and knowledge, or it can unite with one voice and work to retain its lifeblood for future generations.So why not engage in the debate and help to ensure the future prosperity of this industry?* Write to Matthew May, general secretary, Alliance for Bakery Students & Trainees (ABST), email: [email protected] btinternet.com or BB: [email protected]last_img read more

A breadth of learning

first_imgIf your New Year’s resolution involves learning more about Einstein or the history of the blues, you’re in luck! Harvard’s Online Learning gateway houses all of the University’s open online learning opportunities under one roof for the first time, and anyone can access the breadth and depth of Harvard’s learning content. Featuring both free courses and courses for credit, the platform also offers museum collections, lectures, podcasts, and popular programs such as “CopyrightX” and Michael Sandel’s “Justice.”“With the site, we have created a path for Harvard faculty to showcase their incredible teaching, for schools to highlight a single course or a full degree program, and for learners, in particular alumni, to dive deep into any subject imaginable,” said Peter Bol, vice provost for advances in learning and Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations.“As, for example, a typical college student graduates after completing 32 courses out of the hundreds possible, we want to make it possible for them to continue to learn in their chosen fields, but also to explore new possibilities long after they have left the campus,” he said. “While ‘lifelong learning’ has become the buzzword in higher ed, it is more than a fad. Technology has liberated learning for everyone.”Enrollment dates are flexible, and courses range from introductory to advanced in all areas of study, and can be narrowed from high to low engagement.last_img read more

Springers gymnasts place at States

first_imgGymnasts from Springers Gymnastics pose after competing in the Maine USA Gymnastics State Championship last weekend. Back row (left to right): Maddie Nida, Kajsa Brown-Morrison, Syra Gutow, Elena Springer, Paige Sawyer; middle: Megynn Lord, Gilly Rice, Ellie Kane, Molly Jennings, Ashly Emerson; front: Aliayah Washburn, Genevieve Muise, Mercedes Ulichny, Kaela Springer, Riley Crowley.PHOTO COURTESY OF DOUG SPRINGERWATERVILLE — Fourteen gymnasts from Springers Gymnastics competed in the Maine USA Gymnastics State Championship last weekend.“This year, we had more girls qualify and compete in the USA Gymnastics Championship than ever before,” said Springers Gymnastics coach Doug Springer. “We had a great season, and great meet.”The team competed against 10 gyms from across the state in Levels 3 through 6. Springers’ sole Level 7 gymnast, Gilly Rice, was sidelined with an injury late last week.Meet highlights include Level 3 gymnasts Molly Jennings scoring a meet-high score and first place finish with 9.75 on bars, and Kaela Springer taking second on vault.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“Our girls did a great job this weekend, against excellent teams at all levels,” Springer said. “We had several girls exceed their season goals and reach their highest scores so far.”The team will compete in the YMCA State Championship on April 18 and 19.last_img read more

Leafs pound Nitehawks to take over top spot in Murdoch Division

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs took over first place in the Murdoch Division of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League by slamming the Beaver Valley Nitehawks 10-3 in action Tuesday night in Fruitvale.The Leafs took a 2-0 lead three minutes into the game and never looked back.Nelson led 5-1 after one frame and 7-2 after two periods.Aaron Dunlap, Colton Schell, Damin Devlin, James Sorrey and Greg Nickel led the Leafs assault, each with three points.Sorrey and Devlin scored twice with Nickel, Seth Schmidt, Kevin Bow, Dunlap, Schell and Jacob Boyzuck adding singles. Brad Gaboury, former Leaf Walker Sidoni and Luke Reimer replied for the Hawks.Brent Soles was outstanding between the pipes for Nelson, facing 46 shots as the Hawks tried to run the Leafs right out of the building.Zac Perehudof started in goal for Beaver Valley, but was chased after former Hawk Boyczuk scored on the power play — one of three on the night by the Leafs.The win was the third straight for the Leafs against Murdoch Division opponents.Nelson, improving to 9-5-1, now leads idle Castlegar Rebels by two points in the Murdoch Division.However, the Leafs have played one more game than the Rebels and two more than Beaver Valley.The Leafs now travel to Grand Forks Thursday before hosting Kamloops Storm Saturday at the NDCC  Arena.Beaver Valley plays in Grand Forks Friday before hosting Columbia Valley Rockies Sunday in an afternoon tilt as the Hawks Nest.ICE CHIPS: Leaf captain Colton Schell has been on fire of late, totalling nine points in the past four games to move into third place in KIJHL scoring, two points behind the leaders. . . . After scoring 10 times in the opening 10 games, rookie Colton McCarthy has scored once in the past five games.last_img read more

Antonio Conte reacted furiously to his Chelsea sacking*

first_img tense REVEALED Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star silverware possible standings possible xi Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? center_img DISCLAIMER: Like the ‘long term’ contract Chelsea have given Maurizio Sarri, this video should not be taken seriously.Antonio Conte was sacked by Chelsea after two years in charge at the club… and he was far from happy about it.The now former Blues manager held a ‘press conference’ after his dismissal to address the situation, and strangely decided to speak in his native Italian.Thankfully talkSPORT’s trusty translator, who can always be relied upon with his GCSE in languages, was on hand to capture the story as Conte ripped into his players, his incoming replacement and his ex-boss Roman Abramovich.You can watch the full video above. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won shining smart causal Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT gameday cracker England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Latest Chelsea News Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade REAL DEAL last_img read more

Law student gang-raped in Ranchi, 12 arrested

first_imgA 25-year-old law student has been allegedly gang-raped by a group of armed men, following which all the 12 accused have been arrested, police said on Friday. According to an FIR lodged by the victim with Kanke police station, the incident happened at around 5.30 pm on November 26 when she was with a male friend at Sangrampur area in the city outskirts, a police statement issued here said. Some men overpowered the woman’s friend and abducted her to a nearby brick kiln, where they took turns to rape her, the complainant said. The accused have been arrested in subsequent raids led by Superintendent of Police (Rural) Rishabh Kumar Jha. They were booked under sections of the Indian Penal Code, SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and Arms Act, the statement said. A car, a motorcycle, a pistol, eight mobile phones and the cellphone snatched from the victim have been seized from the possession of the accused, it added.last_img read more

Less than 50 days to the Touch World Cup

first_imgBy BEN HARRISThere is less than 50 days until the eyes of the touch football world are fixed on Australia.Touch Football Australia CEO Colm Maguire, NRL Head of Football and TFA board member Todd Greenberg, Federation of International Touch secretary general Bill Ker, Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser and mayor of Coffs Harbour City Council Denise Knight were on hand to countdown the final few weeks before the 2015 Touch World Cup begins on April 29 at the C.ex Coffs International Stadium.Teams from 25 countries will participate over the five-day tournament led by the host nation Australia, who is looking for an unprecedented eighth consecutive World Cup Champions Trophy victory.“We are purely excited about the month ahead with the Touch World Cup,” Mr Maguire said.“There will be 93 teams across nine divisions and from 25 countries participating. “We are looking forward to bringing the world to Coffs Harbour.”Mr Fraser was excited to have another international event in his region.“To have the [touch] world here, will be unbelievable. Coffs Harbour is already on the international stage, this is just an addition,” Mr Fraser said.Councillor Knight described Coffs Harbour as the “touch capital of Australia”, and few could argue with her as the National Touch League is being played in Coffs Harbour this week.Federation of International Touch secretary general Bill Ker said half of the member nations will be playing at the World Cup.“The sprinkling of the countries that are coming are widespread. They’re coming from Europe, the Americas, Asia, pacific area, and right across from Africa and the UAE,” Mr Ker said.“We are on an express train and it’ll be here before we know it.“We are thrilled to put on the best international show touch has to offer.”Mr Greenberg was looking forward to the tournament.“There is a place on the field for everyone; it’s one of our [NRL’s] catchphrases. As we walk around the field you can see that. Whether you want to play at the elite level in the NRL Premiership or touch football with men and women across the country, there is an opportunity to be involved.”You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information about the 2015 Touch World Cup in the following ways: Websites www.internationaltouch.orgwww.touchworldcup.comwww.touchfootball.com.au Social Media Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus  Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksTouch World Cuplast_img read more