Back from the 2010 International Builders’ Show

2010 Builders Show was packed with visitors from all over.

The Charter Group management team returned from the 2010 International Builders’ Show a little over a month ago, having weathered four days in a cold and rain-drenched Las Vegas. And we thought we were going to the desert!

We were joined by approximately 55,000 industry professionals and were treated to an awesome trade show which featured the latest products, designs, and technologies displayed by hundreds of companies from around the country and the world. Trends included high-tech kitchens (with touchscreen systems that offer cooking tips, measurement conversions, and more), a widening array of colors in many products and, of course, a large number of ever-more-efficient products and systems.

Builders and remodelers also attended educational presentations on design trends, energy retrofitting, marketing, low-income housing tax credits and more than 175 other topics. And the general mood appeared to be one of cautious optimism. Numerous suppliers were reporting recent increases in orders, and according to the most recent National Association of Homebuilders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index, nationwide housing affordability, bolstered by low interest rates and low house prices, was near its highest level since the series was first compiled 18 years ago. Additionally, the number of unsold homes on the market continues to shrink. New home inventory is at its lowest level in more than 14 years. While sales activity remains a concern, lower levels of inventory will help the new home market stabilize sooner.

In the coming weeks, our blog will focus on some of these new products and trends. What changes do you see in the marketplace? What new products interest you? There are many, many exciting new ideas, technologies and materials available out there. Which of these excites you?

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