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Industry news round-up for Dec. 9, 2013

By Berit Griffin December 9, 2013

Two key industries boost November job gains
USA Today
“Significant job gains last month in two economic bellwethers, construction and manufacturing, are raising expectations for continued strong payroll growth and a strengthening recovery next year.”

Housing Market Cooling Off as New Year Approaches
Motley Fool
“The real estate market has cooled off in the past month, an indication that the winter months — the industry’s slowest time of the year — have arrived. On a month-over-month basis from October to November, home prices were essentially flat, and there were fewer homes available for home buyers.”

Builder Confidence Steady in November
Fine Homebuilding
“Builder confidence in the single-family home market was unchanged in November’s National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index.”

Green Buildings, Missed Opportunities and Lessons Learned
Green Building Advisor
“Homeowners typically get only a small handful of chances to dramatically improve the performance of their homes — say, when we put on a new roof or upgrade mechanicals or finish a basement. But very few of us have the foresight to take full advantage of these opportunities, no matter how green-minded we may be. In fact, some of us, present company included, have been known to squander an opportunity and even make it harder to improve performance in the future.”