Hello Readers in print and online,
This is the Annual Buyer’s Guide & Resource Directory edition of the magazine. We hope you find it very useful and constructive over the next year.
You can keep it on your desktop in your office or your laptop and use it to find a supplier, an architect, a builder, a trade association or an industry event. While we have done our best to make certain all of the top brands and firms are represented, in the event we overlooked anything, please let us know and we will add it online. The Buyer’s Guide forms are available online at www.bdmag.com permanently. Do please avail of them and help us to promote your brands and your business.
An interesting—some argue bumpy—economic start to 2016 in the broader economy has not diminished home building’s luster. While Wall Street struggled, energy prices dropped off (and are only now recovering slowly), and coal mining continue to diminish as an industry, U.S. consumer confidence remains high, as does home builder confidence. We are beginning to see some signs of recovery in the starter home market this year as first-time home buyers are emerging from the sidelines. The feds raised rates slightly. However, mortgage interest rates have remained low and mortgage applications and home sales have both seen dramatic increases, year on year. Job growth continues to inspire home ownership. Wage growth lags somewhat. GDP is very modest, yet inflation remains historically low. 2016 is off to a promising start for the housing business. The country and the world is watching the debacle that calls itself Presidential politics. Voter turnout in November may be very light, as folks stay away from the polls in protest. A mistake, in my opinion. One way or another, a new President will be in the White House next year and a new chapter will begin for America.
A special thank you to all of our advertisers whose messages grace our pages within this issue. Please consider these fine firms when making your own vendor selections to support your business growth. They are simply the best.
Work hard, have a great year and keep in touch.