Qualified Remodeler Magazine

FEB 2019

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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"Michael Gerber is the No. 1 authority on entrepreneurship," says Patrick O'Toole, co-owner and publisher of Qualified Remodeler magazine, which produces TOP 500 LIVE, "His ideas perfectly complement the sales and lead generation content offered by our other speakers. Our conference presents the industry's best speakers and top minds in a fast-paced format—2019 will be no different." A new website, Top500Live.com, is ac- cepting registrations through March 13. Home improvement professionals whose firms are listed on the annual QR Top 500 list will also receive limited-time, special rates to attend the conference. Since 1978, the QR Top 500 has been a benchmark of success in remodeling. To learn more about TOP 500 LIVE, go to Top500Live.com or contact Heidi Riedl at heidi@solabrands.com. Housing Finance Momentum builds for Fannie and Freddie housing reform Bipartisan support for taking up the issue of dealing with the government's ongoing conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as part of a larger housing finance reform package is gaining momentum in Washington, D.C. On February 7, dozens of industry stake- holders and hundreds of invested attendees gathered for the National Association of Realtors (NAR) first-annual Policy Forum. As Congress and the Federal Housing Finance Agency work to develop a frame- work for government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) reform, the association brought to- gether influential figures in America's hous- ing finance system. "More than a decade has passed since the federal government assumed control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. While the housing market today is in a significantly better state than it was before the financial crisis, NAR continues to urge policymak- ers to address challenges that could arise in future economic downturns. We remain a vocal and engaged advocate for housing finance reform legislation that will ensure a smooth transition out of conservatorship," says Shannon McGahn, NAR's senior vice president of government affairs. Industry Events 'E-Myth' author Michael E. Gerber added as keynote to TOP 500 LIVE TOP 500 LIVE, the home improvement industry's leading conference for sales and lead-generation ideas, has added Michael E. Gerber as a keynote speaker. Gerber, an entrepreneurship guru and author of the top-selling E-Myth series of business books, will focus his talk on lead-generation strat- egies. The event will be held March 13-15, 2019, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Gerber will headline day two, which is March 15. Now in its third year, TOP 500 LIVE is in- tended for home improvement and remodel- ing entrepreneurs seeking to drive profitable growth. In addition to Gerber, headliners for the event include Rodney Webb, Dave Yoho and Scott Hess. Speeches by Hess, an expert on hiring and selling to millennials, have generated over a million views on YouTube. of 690,000, 6.8 percent below a year ago. The median price in the Northeast was $283,400, which is up 8.2 percent from December 2017. In the Midwest, existing-home sales fell 11.2 percent from last month to an annu- al rate of 1.19 million in December, down 10.5 percent overall from a year ago. The median price in the Midwest was $191,300, unchanged from last year. Existing-home sales in the South dropped 5.4 percent to an annual rate of 2.09 million in December, down 8.7 percent from last year. The median price in the South was $224,300, up 2.5 percent from a year ago. Existing-home sales in the West dipped 1.9 percent to an annual rate of 1.02 million in December, 15 percent below a year ago. The median price in the West was $374,400, up 0.2 percent from December 2017. Roofing Forecast Demand for asphalt shingles to grow 2.1 percent annually Demand for laminated asphalt shingles is projected to rise 2.1 percent per year to 128.51 million squares in 2022. This increase in demand will be boosted by a high level of interest among roofing con- tractors, homeowners and homebuilders in installing laminated asphalt shingles because of their aesthetic and performance properties, according to a new report from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm. In value terms, residential laminated asphalt shingle demand is expected to ad- vance 6.8 percent annually to $8.7 billion in 2022. Value demand for laminated as- phalt shingles will be driven by increasing demand for high-performance laminated shingles that have higher per-square costs than standard laminated shingles, as well as rising crude oil prices. Laminated asphalt shingles have higher asphalt content than three-tab shingles. Nationwide demand for all types of resi- dential roofing products is forecast to grow 1.4 percent per year to 174 million squares in 2022. In value terms, demand is projected to advance 7.5 percent per year to $14.1 billion, as consumers increasingly opt for high-val- ue roofing that offers superior performance properties, the report says. "HIS IDEAS PERFECTLY COMPLEMENT THE SALES AND LEAD GENERATION CONTENT OFFERED BY OUR OTHER SPEAKERS." IN BRIEF 10 February 2019 QualifiedRemodeler.com

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