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HBRA's 2015 State Legislative Priorities  (as of 4-1-15; You won't believe the legislation we're opposing - This is no April Fool's Joke)

Mandating Fire Sprinklers in all New Homes - the Significance of Perspective - Bill Ethier

Millenials Desire a Home in the Suburbs (NAHB)

CT Ranked #1 in People Moving Out of State

Housing Affordability is Blue America's Greatest Failing

An Emerging Housing Crisis? - Bill Ethier

CityLab Promotes Hartford as the Place to be for Young Professionals.

Forbes Highlights Connecticut's Challenges - drops CT to #36 in Business Friendly Places ranking - from CBIA.

Millenial Boomtowns: Where the Generation is Clustering (It's Not Downtown) - dispelling the myth of where young adults want to live.

Wrong Way Nation (NY Times) - It's not the South's and West's business-friendly pull that makes people leave the Northeast, it's the Northeast's over-regulation of housing that drives higher housing costs that forces people out.

Millenials Still Want to Own a Home - and more want to live in the suburbs than in urban settings; but since income growth is slow in this economy and student loan debt is a major burden, home ownership is a long-term goal.

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Home Energy Solutions - perform an energy checkup on your home and make on-the-spot improvements (YouTube).

Building Code - Spring 2015 Career Development Schedule Announced - these are the classes paid for by the building code education fee added on to all building permit applications.

Energize Connecticut Videos Address How to Improve Water Heating at Your Home or Small Business.

Each $1,000 Increase in Price of a New Home Forces 206,000 Prospective Buyers Out of the Market Across the Nation - New NAHB study demonstrates the impact that fees, taxes and regulatory costs have on potential home buyers; The variables of median home prices, incomes and housing supply determine local/state impacts - study breaks down the impact by states.

Home Innovation Enters into Agreement with Appraisal Institute to Issue Green Appraisal Addendum for all NGBS Green Certified Homes (Home Innovation Research Labs).

LEED V4 is now held off to Halloween 2016!  Scary?  -  While not as well known, there are better alternatives, such as NGBS ICC-700.

Where are the Nation's Most Expensive Building Lots? - right here in New England ... by a lot.

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