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What do you mean he’s my employee?

Businesses in the construction industry have historically relied heavily upon independent contractors to perform work. While it is sometimes clear that a party is...
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Implications of the impending high budget deficits

The primary goal for the Federal Reserve is to maintain a healthy financial system that allows for sustainable trend economic growth with moderate inflation...
Canada Tariffs

Point • Counterpoint: Tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber

Point Counterpoint   POINT   Tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber hurt the U.S. homebuilding market True. Millions of first-time home buyers and young families struggling to gain a toehold...

Succession planning insights – Part III

Part 3 • Succession planning insights Part I • Succession planning insights Part II Installment payments to buy out a business interest—not as simple as it sounds. A...
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The impact of housing removals on housing demand

Industry Spotlight The rate of housing removals is an often overlooked, but surprisingly important component of housing demand. It is often overlooked because quality data...

Verify before you buy when taking on new product lines

Point of law One of my lumberyard clients in the upper Midwest recently found itself in a precarious situation. I’ll call the client Midwest Lumber,...
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What will the federal reserve do if…?

The purpose of this spotlight is to flag one of the potential spoilers for the housing recovery over the next few years: above-trend economic...

Succession planning insights – Part II

Part 2 • Succession planning insights Part I • Succession planning insights Part III Expensive (and common) mistakes with life insurance. Almost all successful business owners have acquired...
Blake Nelson

From lumberman (or kid) to lawyer

I recently read with interest the LBM Journal feature on Davis-Hawn Lumber entitled “From lawyer to lumberman.” My story is the opposite. I grew...
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Key demographic trends: Overall household formations and mix of starts Part III

This is the final segment of the Spotlight series on demographics and implications for housing starts. The purpose of this Spotlight is to shift...

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