What I learned at the Builders Show

by WOHe

You can’t spend six days at the International Builders Show and not learn a few things about the housing market. And when the show is in Las Vegas, you’re bound to pick up a few tidbits unrelated to home building. Here’s a list of what I learned at the show in January:

• The NAHB says the worst is behind us in the housing market, and they have the stats to prove it.
• Manufacturers’ booths were filled with home builders looking to buy product – for projects going on right now.
• Builders are signing contracts with clients and breaking ground in many parts of the country.
• Manufacturers aren’t letting the recession stop them from introducing innovative new products.
• The NAHB, like many of us, is dealing with revenue shortfalls as best they can.
• In general, everyone I encountered feels 2010 will be better than 2009, no doubt.
• The design/build process continues to grow in acceptance.
• The shrimp appetizer at Koi in Planet Hollywood is the best shrimp I ever had in my life.
• The rooms at the Aria hotel in City Center are fully automated, and very cool, according to a few people who stayed there.
• City Center is overwhelmingly massive.
• A little bit of rain wreaks havoc on Las Vegas traffic.
• I should not allow myself to gamble. Ever.
• Cabs in Las Vegas stick you with a $3 fee for the convenience of paying with a credit card. Thieves.
• Carrot Top is not a good-looking man.

Were you at the Builders Show? What did you learn? Let me know. Or, scroll up to the first paragraph of this blog entry, look to the right and click where you see, “Leave a comment†or “Post or view comments.â€

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