Michigan’s Skilled Trades Crisis and How You Can Help

On: July 19, 2018
The lack of skilled tradespersons has become increasingly problematic for every aspect of the building industry nationwide. The timeline for new builds has increased from 4 months to 7 or more, due to the lack of laborers needed to complete the job. If you are in the building trades you're likely to have experienced this first-hand.  The demand for affordable housing continues to grow and unless we find a way to increase the number of skilled tradesmen to meet construction demands, the problem will only get worse.

Kansas Real Estate on the Rise

Kansas First Time Home Buyers Struggling in Empty Market

On: July 19, 2018
Homes ranging from $100-$200,000 are in such high demand that they are selling within days, even hours of being put on the market. They are selling faster than ever before, and you might receive 20 or more offers on one home. Real estate professionals are seeing offers $20,000 over the list price and the buyer is STILL not getting the home. In fact, houses are selling so quickly, buyers often find themselves in a bidding war. Experts are saying to up your chances at snagging your dream home, you basically must be ready to make an offer immediately.

The Buzz in Utah on the Effect of Pesticides on Wild Bees

On: July 19, 2018
In a report published last week in Environmental Entomology, Utah State University graduate student Andi Kopi and Theresa Pitts-Singer, Ph.D., of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service make the case that we need to look beyond honeybees when assessing how pesticides affect pollinators. When it comes to pesticides, we typically only check their effects on honeybees before authorizing their use, even though solitary bees may interact with these chemicals in very different ways.

Changing Society’s View of Plumbers

On: July 19, 2018
Can we change the perspective of the public so that a plumber can be taken more seriously and instill to the homeowner that they are worth every penny?

BLTI Gets A 100% Pass Rate!

On: July 17, 2018
Oregon Construction Contractors Board has issued its School Summary Report for students tested between 4/1/18 and 6/30/18. We’re pleased to announce that the Builders License Training Institute scored a 100% pass rate!

Drones Are The New Fireworks

On: July 16, 2018
Communities in Western states such as California, Colorado, and Arizona are moving towards drone swarms as a safe alternative over organized fireworks this July 4th as they suffer through drought and wildfire. Drone shows have been around for years with notable performances at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang and Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime show in 2017. China banned fireworks across more than 400 cities to help reduce pollutions and drone swarms has acted as an entertainment substitute.

New Hampshire Real Estate Renewal & CE

On: July 12, 2018
To renew your license go https://www.app-support.nh.gov/licensing/ and follow instructions. Real Estate professionals must complete 15 hours, including 3 hours of Core, by the anniversary of licensure in two 2 year cycles.

Water Damage

Flo Technologies to Reimburse Homeowners for Water Damage

On: July 12, 2018
The CEO and co-founder of Flo Technologies, Gabriel Halimi,  says, "Water damage is the leading cause of preventable homeowners insurance claims every year, costing over $9 billion annually. We've analyzed the results from our diverse customer base and proved our initial hypothesis: The Flo System's proactive technology helps dramatically reduce the likelihood of water damage. With this data, we can now stand behind our customers in an unprecedented way."

Oregon Pesticide Rules To Surpass EPA Requirements

On: July 12, 2018
Beginning January 1, 2019 employers with employees who apply pesticides by spray to crops in Oregon are going to face a stricter set of rules designed to protect agricultural workers, pesticide applicators and others including their families.

Become A Licensed Michigan Builder Today!

On: July 12, 2018
Have you been dreaming of becoming your own boss? Well, now is the perfect time to do just that. Michigan builders are in short supply due to the lack of young people entering the trades, and seasoned contractors reaching their retirement years.