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Optimism among US homebuilders weakens

U.S. homebuilders are feeling a bit less confident this month, reflecting a dimmer outlook for sales in the months ahead and fewer would-be buyers dropping by builders’ sales offices. The surprising decline comes ahead of the spring home-buying season, which ...

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Boise city council member sues Ketchum over affordable housing development fees

Boise City Council member Scot Ludwig has sued the city of Ketchum over the affordable housing fees the city charges for development projects that exceed a certain size. Ludwig got a charge of $840,000 from Ketchum in community housing in ...

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U.S. metro-area construction employment is ailing, but not in Boise (access required)

Despite rises in building activity, more than one in three American metropolitan areas saw job losses in construction in 2016. But Boise saw the largest increase in construction employment in the country. Industry leaders are calling on President Donald Trump ...

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56-room hotel is on the way in Bellevue

Bellevue is the city where Wood River Valley’s working class sleeps. It doesn’t usually host the many visitors to the Bellevue-Hailey-Ketchum-Sun Valley corridor, unless they stay at the only motel in town, the 21-room High Country Motel. Greg Anderson is ...

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Idaho House panel introduces transportation funding bills

Idaho lawmakers wrestled with multiple transportation funding proposals Feb. 10, ultimately refusing to budge on raising taxes to fix the state’s crumbling infrastructure. The decision came down the same day severe flooding and winter storms wreaked havoc across much of ...

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Construction employment reaches highest level since 2008 (access required)

National construction employment reached its highest level in January since 2008, as wages in the industry pushed ever higher, according to a trade group. Employment in the industry increased by 36,000 jobs from December to January, according to an analysis ...

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Affordable housing and construction: The Trump effect (access required)

Construction and housing officials are waiting to see what impact the new Trump Administration has on the way they do business. Affordable housing proponents have identified a few areas of concern: Potential cuts in Section 8 housing subsidies and operating ...

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