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MARKET DATA: Standard Pacific Homes Debuts New San Jose Community
ECONOMY: Consumers seen Springing Ahead for Now
FINANCE: Northstar Realty Finance Corp. Banks On Health Care Real Estate Business
GREEN HOMEBUILDING: Super Energy Efficient Home to be built in Naperville

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Obama's Shrinking Budget Deficits Silence Foreign Critics
Washington, D.C. The Congressional Budget Office projected today that the 2014 deficit will be the lowest in six years and down more than 60 percent.

By Patrick S. Duffy

March Retail Sales Rose more than Forecast Due to Pent-up Demand
Retail sales in March jumped a greater-than-forecast 1.1 percent, the biggest gain since September 2012, following a 0.7 percent advance in February.

Consumer Confidence Rises more than Expected in April
Consumer confidence rose in April to the highest level since July, boosted by further improvement in the labor market that will provide some traction for the economy.

Wholesale Inventories and Sales both rose in February
U.S. businesses boosted their stockpiles in February as sales rebounded by the largest amount in nine months. Sales rose 0.8 percent in February, bouncing back after decline in January.

Producer Price Index up by 0.5 percent in March and 1.4 percent over the previous year
The Producer Price Index for final demand advanced 0.5 percent in March; on an unadjusted basis, the index for final demand moved up 1.4 percent for the 12 months ended in March.


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Builder and Developer 2014 Sourcebook
Make sure to look out for our April 2014 Sourcebook for the most reliable, receptive homebuilders, architects, suppliers and associations across the country. Value and excellent quality are the base for every home construction project and these are the best of the best to help with your homebuilding needs.


Standard Pacific Homes Debuts New San Jose Community
San Jose, CA -- Offering seven unique home designs, Westmount provides home shoppers the choice between attached townhomes and single-family cottage style homes.

Walk-in Closets are in Demand Among Home Buyers this Year
Washington, D.C. -- During New Homes Month in April, the National Association of Home Builders is sharing with home buyers the most popular features in new single-family homes.

Housing Numbers Looking Better
Carroll County, GA-- Carroll County has the 10th highest foreclosure rate in Georgia, but the housing market outlook here is rapidly improving. Current foreclosure numbers are half those.


Consumers seen Springing Ahead for Now
Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. economy took a turn for the better in March as the weather warmed up, but the upturn in growth can only continue if consumers get out and spend.


Northstar Realty Finance Corp. Banks On Health Care Real Estate Business
Boston, MA -- Northstar Realty Finance Corp, a real estate company providing financing and leasing solutions, is keen to benefit from the looming opportunity in the healthcare.

4 Easy-to-Follow Tips for Buying a Home This Spring
Washington, D.C. -- Spring time is known to be the busiest time of year in the real estate industry.


Proposed Berlin Housing Development Moves Ahead
Berlin, MD -- A preliminary site plan for the 44-unit Cannery Village housing development was conditionally approved this week by the Berlin Planning Commission.

Stalled 40B Housing Project in Brookline is Back
Brookline, MA-- A new development team is seeking approval to commence construction on a controversial affordable housing project in Brookline.

Construction on Schedule and Apartments Leasing Fast at The Depot in Akron
Akron, OH -- The Depot, Akron's newest luxury student housing community has already significantly improved downtown Akron.


Lyon Street Community Celebrates Groundbreaking for New Affordable Homes
Columbia, SC -- The single homes will be built on several lots in the neighborhood and are priced at $118,000 for a single-story floor plan.

Grant Sets Stage for Affordable Housing in Thompsonville
Thompsonville, CT Enfield will use a $20,000 grant from the state to create an "Incentive Housing Zone" in the village.

Frisco Building Offers New Affordable Housing Option for Downtown
Springfield, MO-- A housing boom is continuing in downtown, where several historic buildings are undergoing renovations.


Building Green with the Help of Concrete
Washington, D.C. -- The building sector, both here and worldwide, is facing an enormous challenge to address our environmental footprint and impact on climate change.

Defining and Demonstrating the Benefits of Green Building to Buyers
Orange County, CA Going green is not just friendly to the planet; it's also friendly to our pocketbooks and time.

Super Energy Efficient Home to be built in Naperville
Naperville, IL -- Naperville will soon be home to one of the most environmentally friendly, energy efficient homes in the nation


New Senior Living Centers in Region going Rental, not Pricey Entrance Fees
Naples, FL --In contrast with Southwest Florida communities that require a substantial entrance fee and financial commitment by seniors to be part of the retirement community.

Assisted living facility proposed in Northbrook
Northbrook, IL– The one-story facility would be roughly 34,000 square feet and have 49 units, ranging in size from about 250 to 400 square feet.


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Vol.6  No. 37 
April 15, 2014

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