One tough year for builders

  • Article by: JIM BUCHTA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 6, 2012 - 7:36 AM

Metro single-family home construction remained weak, while apartment building slid.

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ashleystpaulJan. 5, 1210:27 PM

You'd never know they were hurting. I've had bids on a re-hab for an 8 x 9 ft bathroom that have been as high as 50,000 dollars and I would still have to buy all the fixtures myself. They all act as though there was never a recession. Maybe if they started acting like they wanted business they'd get some business.

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gwbuddyJan. 6, 12 7:46 AM

My experience has been that Contractors -- Roofing, Plumbing, Electrical, Sheetrock, Carpentry, etc. -- just charge WAY TOO MUCH. This past summer, I was talking to a friend about building a canopy over their porch/patio. I suggested contacting a "Professional" carpenter for an estimate. He told us $10,000. What? My friend and I did ALL the work ourselves. With materials from Menards and Home Depot. It took us a lot longer than the "Professional" carpenter's estimate. But my friend SAVED about $9,000. I wonder if that "Professional" carpenter has ANY idea of WHY he didn't get my friend's porch/patio canopy job.

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snowdoggJan. 6, 12 8:03 AM

Maybe people already have plenty of places to choose to move to? Could the area be overbuilt at all?

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BigPeteJan. 6, 12 8:06 AM

Good, urban sprawl hurts us all

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oakhomeJan. 6, 12 5:06 PM

Hopefully, with less pressure to build fast to accommodate a building growth spurt, the trades can take time to put in some quality. www.oakvillehomes.wordpress.com

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pitythefoolsJan. 6, 12 5:43 PM

With a foreclosure problem that will go on for years, with 1/4 of all mortgages under water, with prices down over 10% last year, there shouldn't be any new houses being built at all. We already have far too large a supply and not nearly enough demand.

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