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HUD secretary: Hispanic home buyers are future of housing

Within six years, Hispanics will account for half of all first-time U.S. home buyers, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development told the Associated Press on Monday. “Hispanics truly are the future” of the housing market, said Julian Castro, who based his prediction on a 2013 National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals study, which […]

5 largest home building shows join again for Design & Construction Week

If you like to keep on top of design and construction trends, clear your calendar for the week of Jan. 18 and book a flight to Las Vegas. The city will host 2015 Design & Construction Week, touted to be the largest-ever U.S. residential construction expo. The Las Vegas Convention Center will host three huge […]

Want an energy-efficient building? Use walls made of hemp

U.S. farmers may soon have a new cash crop: hemp, which can be used to make an energy-efficient building material called hempcrete for walls and building foundations. The 2014 Farm Bill removed hemp grown for research purposes from the Controlled Substances Act earlier this year—so, after 77 years, it’s not entirely illegal to harvest anymore. […]