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Learn why high-quality millwork is a worthwhile investment in the value of a home, and get tips for blending diverse styles for a creative but cohesive look.
Builders FirstSource is proud to put the spotlight on the women of our team, who make vital contributions to our company every day in our lumberyards, corporate offices, delivery trucks, and everywhere in between.

What do you do when you need to figure out how to cut 10% off a build project without compromising the quality? The go-to question always seems to be, “What are you willing to give up?” But is this really the right question?

Black Americans have made a tremendous impact on the building industry. This year, we recognize the "Architect to the Stars" Paul Revere Williams and our current team members.
As we enter 2024, several exciting trends are emerging in the world of home remodeling. Home remodeling is a great way to upgrade a living space and increase a home’s value.
Windows play a vital role in weather protection and energy efficiency for every home. Get tips for selecting and installing resilient, high-performance windows.

Even with today’s high home prices and high mortgage rates, many people are still willing to move — largely because of major life events such as marriages, births, and retirements.

Mortgage rates have been going up since last year. In the October Market Intelligence webinar, Ali Wolf, Zonda’s Chief Economist, says this is because of Federal Reserve rate increases, inflation, and dysfunction in the mortgage-backed securities market.

For builders of new homes, the pressure to cut costs has many looking at millwork – such as doors, windows and moulding – as a potential area to save; however, those details can also help motivate buyers to purchase smaller homes.

Mortgage interest rates are over 7% after being between 6-7% for about a year. Monthly payments have increased 50% to 70% just since the beginning of last year. As Ali Wolf, Zonda’s Chief Economist, put it in the August Market Intelligence webinar, “This is a very clear and very dramatic affordability shock.”
Despite many signs of optimism in the housing market, there are still challenges for builders to deal with. Being aware of those challenges and developing a strategy to overcome them is a key component of a business’s success.
While the market appears to be improving and affordability is getting better as well, they're still significant challenges. We'll examine affordability and supply more broadly and then show you strategies that might be valuable to builders going forward.