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Critics say Pearl out to eliminate mobile homes and apartments – not safeguard them

Pearl is taking dramatic — and some say unprecedented and unconstitutional – steps to rid the city of manufactured homes and to downsize existing apartment complexes. October brought requirements that manufactured home parks and rental complexes build community storm shelters able to accommodate all residents and withstand the force of a F-2 tornado. In addition, the City mandated apartment complexes ...

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Homebuilders, foresters optimistic about 2013

While there is still a long way to go to full recovery, two Mississippi industries – homebuilding and forestry – are expecting another bounce-back year in 2013. “There certainly is no housing boom going on,” said Marty Milstead, executive vice president of the Home Builders Association of Mississippi. “Some of our members are very, very busy; some need more work. ...

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Home builders leader seeks code

Ocean Springs builder Randy Bosarge thinks it’s unfortunate that some contractors give the construction industry a bad reputation. As president of the Home Builders Association of Mississippi, he’s committed to professionalism and wants members to stand strong and pull together. “I’ve been a member since 2001 and moved up through the ranks,” he said. “The networking with other members is ...

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Mississippi housing sales, values showed gains in 2012

The Mississippi housing market is looking up. The value of homes and the number of homes sold improved in many areas of the state in 2012. “There is no question that things are moving back in a positive direction,” said Marty Milstead, executive vice president, Home Builders Association of Mississippi. “Things are not moving at a sprinter’s pace. But it ...

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Last again: Insurance Institute gives state nation’s lowest grade for hurricane-resistant structures

The absence of a statewide building code makes Mississippi the most vulnerable of the 18 Atlantic and Gulf coast states deemed most hurricane-prone, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety says. In rating the states, the Institute gave Mississippi a grade of 4 out of a possible 100. By comparison, Virginia and Florida, both of which enacted strong codes ...

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South sees bump in construction backlog but sector still flat overall

The South is rising again, at least in comparison to construction activity with the rest of the country. Construction contractors looking for jobs should keep their eye on Dixie, says Anirban Basu, the Maryland-based chief economist for the Associated Builders and Contractors, whose Mississippi chapter is headquartered in Pearl and has an office in Gulfport. “The South, which includes a ...

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State showing signs of recovery

Home building in many areas of the state is gradually improving with most major cities showing an increased number of building permits in 2011 compared to 2010. “We’re seeing a little bit of market activity pick up, and are actually forecasting a slight increase this year,” said Marty Milstead, executive vice president, Home Builders Association of Mississippi. “Slight is the ...

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Guardedly optimistic

Realtors taking a wait-and-see attitude on the new year Lee Garland is not an economist or a soothsayer, but he does get the distinct feeling that things are looking up for the housing market in Mississippi in 2011. How, you may ask?  People, he says. “Lately, I’ve been seeing multiple folks in my office inquiring about listings,” said Garland, president ...

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Chinese drywall still has people reeling

By NASH NUNNERY I contributor pnash22@aol.com For Murph Kelly, the wait for relief has been long and excruciating. That’s because the Lafayette County resident has spent more than $90,000 of his own money to correct problems to his home caused by defective Chinese drywall. Imported from China from 2001 to 2007, the corrosive material emits sulfur gases which usually, though ...

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Q&A: Marty Milstead, Executive Vice President, Home Builders Association of Mississippi

Good times ahead Milstead believes economy will be stronger than ever The son of a Mississippi high school basketball coach, Marty Milstead is the executive vice president of the 3,000-member Home Builders Association of Mississippi, which serves as the voice of the state’s housing industry.  He recently sat down with the Mississippi Business Journal to discuss the impact of the ...

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