Big Builders Collect Big Checks
In this age of populist rage at Wall Street bigwigs for awarding themselves extravagant (frankly, we would call it blasphemous) top-level bonuses, some big-name home building executives made quite a pretty penny even as their companies struggled and gasped through an awful 2009. Where do you weigh in on executive pay? Read the article from Reuters here:

Turning the Ho-Hum Home into a Dream Home
According to a report by the National Association of Home Builders, 2009 was a “banner year for the remodeling industry.”  No doubt this was because some people who were in the volatile home buying market decided to stay put. But is that the only reason people are remodeling? Read the “Learn How to Turn Your Starter Home into a Dream Home” and see if the story mirrors any trends you’ve seen in your markets.

Homebuilding, eh?
The Canadian home building market has seen a rather dramatic surge in new homes built and permits pulled. The Montreal Gazette reports home building activity in March rose 12.2 percent from February. Now, obviously there is a little lag time in the numbers, but from what it seems, our neighbors to the North may be seeing some very bright days in the near future.