It’s almost time for the Portland Home & Garden Show. The event will take place next week (February 20 – 24, 2013) at the Portland Expo Center. Parr Lumber is an official sponsor of the home show. We will be in booth #1919 (close to the garden and waterfall area). Stop by and say hello. If you’re planning on going during the week, we have a special admission coupon for you.
Ten northwest cities are listed in the latest National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI). The NAHB/First American IMI is designed to track housing markets throughout the country that are showing signs of improving economic health. The northwest cities in the index are Corvallis, Medford, Portland, Bellingham, Kennewick, Longview, Seattle, Spokane, Wenatchee, and Yakima.
We’ve recently updated our CCB Continued Education Credits courses. So far the classes are at our Salem and Prineville locations. We’ll have classes schedule for other yards soon. Below are the courses available for this month:
More good news for the home building industry. According to the latest NAHB Economics housing and economic forecast, single-family and multifamily construction will see strong growth rates, with remodeling experiencing lesser but still positive growth.
Did you know you can get cash back for weatherization and other home upgrades? It’s true. Energy Trust of Oregon offers cash incentives for energy-efficient upgrades to single-family and multi-family homes in both Washington and Oregon. For instance, Energy Trust of Oregon will pay homeowners $150 to seal air leaks in their homes. Isn’t that awesome?
Johnsonville Sausage filmed a TV segment at Parr Cabinet Design Center (Murray) recently. In the segment, the Johnsonville chef shared some excellent Super Bowl recipes. The segment will air on KPTV Fox 12 this Saturday (6:55 am and 8:25 am) and Sunday (7:55 am).
Parr Lumber will be at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show this year. The event takes place February 6 – 10, 2013 at the Portland Expo Center. We will be in booth #1209. Stop by and say hi.
Good news for the construction industry. According to the U.S. Commerce Department, single-family and multifamily housing starts increased by 12.1% to 954,000 units last month. This is the highest rate in more than four years. Single-family housing starts jumped by 8.1% to 616,000 units in December. Multifamily construction fared even better with an increase of 23.1% (338,000 units). In the West, single-family and multifamily housing starts increased by 18.7%. The Midwest saw the biggest gain with 24.7%, while the Northeast increased by 21.4%. The South experienced the smallest jump with only an improvement of 3.8%.