Housing First Minnesota Names 2017 Legislators of the Year

Housing First Minnesota Names 2017 Legislators of the Year

Housing First Minnesota is honored to name Representative Dennis Smith (Maple Grove) and Senator Dan Hall (Burnsville) as the recipients of its Legislator of the Year Awards. Housing First Minnesota’s Legislator of the Year Awards are given to members of the Minnesota Legislature who have championed housing issues and industry legislative priorities.

 

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Twin Cities Homebuilders Increase Townhome Production

Roseville, Minn. (Oct. 26, 2017) – Multi-family construction spiked upwards from this time last year, with 670 permitted units, up 69 percent from October of last year. So far, this year townhome units have increased by 65 percent, but still only make up 6 percent of new residential construction. The number of single-family permits pulled in October dipped slightly .66 percent to 447 units compared to 450 in 2016.

According to data compiled by the Keystone Report for Housing First Minnesota, there were 474 permits issued for a total of 1,117 units during four comparable weeks in the month of October.

“We’re encouraged to see a continued increase in townhome construction, an important piece of the entry-level housing market,” said Bob Michels, president of Housing First Minnesota. “Legislation passed earlier this year that removed constraints on townhome development is already helping this area of the market continue to recover.”

“The labor shortage continues to impact construction, with many of our homebuilders reporting it as the most pressing issue facing the industry,” said David Siegel, executive director of Housing First Minnesota. “Following our strong Fall Parade of Homes we expect to see homebuilding close out 2017 as its strongest year in more than a decade.”

For October, Lakeville took the top spot with 40 permits issued. Blaine came in next with 37 permits, followed by Woodbury with 21 permits, rounding out the top five are Otsego and Plymouth both with 20 permits issued.

Housing First Minnesota is the leading voice of home builders and remodelers and all who are dedicated to building safe, durable homes at a price Minnesotans can afford. As a program of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities, Housing First Minnesota represents more than 1,200 builders, remodelers, developers and industry suppliers throughout the state.

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Housing First Minnesota Honors 29 Minnesota Legislators with Housing Leadership Award

Housing First Minnesota Honors 29 Minnesota Legislators with Housing Leadership Award

Roseville, MN (September 7, 2017) - Housing First Minnesota, the state’s leading voice for homebuilders and remodelers, has recognized 29 Minnesota Legislators as recipients of the 2017 Housing Leadership Awards. The nomination recognizes legislators for their efforts throughout the 2017 legislative session to promote homeownership at a price families can afford.

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Twin Cities Single-Family Construction Dips Slightly in July

Roseville, MN (July 27, 2017) - After several months of increased growth, single-family construction slowed slightly in July. The number of single-family permits pulled for the month dipped by five percent compared to July 2016. Multifamily construction saw little change from this time last year with 664 permitted units, up 3 percent from July last year.

According to data compiled by the Keystone Report for Housing First Minnesota, there were 454 permits issued for a total of 1,106 units during four comparable weeks in the month of July.

“Even with the slowdown in single-family activity this month, we expect to see continued growth in single-family construction in 2017,” said Bob Michels, president of Housing First Minnesota. “We remain concerned that the labor shortage facing our industry will impact the housing market.”

“For new construction to meet the current demand for single-family housing, we need to address the growing workforce challenge,” said David Siegel executive director of Housing First Minnesota.

For July, Lakeville took the top spot with 36 permits issued. Blaine came in next with 35 permits, followed by Plymouth with 21 permits, Otsego with 23 permits, and Woodbury with 20 permits issued.

Housing First Minnesota is the leading voice of home builders and remodelers and all who are dedicated to building safe, durable homes at a price Minnesotans can afford. As a program of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities, Housing First Minnesota represents 1,200 builders, remodelers, developers and industry suppliers throughout the state.

Twin Cities Residential Construction Permits Hit 10-Year High

Single-family construction surged ahead in June with a total of 612 permitted units. The last time Twin Cities’ home builders pulled more than 600 permits in a single month was in January of 2006. Multifamily construction slowed slightly in June with 385 permitted units. Town home construction continues to rise in the Twin Cities. Year-to-date the number of permits pulled for multifamily projects 16 units or less are up nearly 60 percent and the total number of units are up 70 percent.

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Builders Association of the Twin Cities Announces Rebranding of Advocacy Program, Changes Program Name to Housing First Minnesota

The Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) is pleased to announce the new name and logo of its advocacy program, Housing First Minnesota. The new name and brand allows for deeper engagement with a broader industry audience. Housing First Minnesota invites the entire industry to engage in its modern, comprehensive advocacy program.

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