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Steve Payne   

Healthy attendance at International Builders Show shows U.S. homebuilders are back

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It may not be the glory days, when IBS would host 100,000 builders, but this year's show in Orlando is busy

In the years before the home building industry south of the border went into deep recession following the 2007-8 subprime mortgage crisis, a staggering 100,000 builders would regularly attend the annual International Builders Show (IBS).

At that point, IBS was one of the biggest trade shows in the world.

Nowadays, it’s still one of the biggest shows in the U.S.

With healthy attendance (expected to top 60,000) at this week’s 2017 IBS in Orlando, FL, it’s clear that builders and renovators south of the border are prospering again.


Among the many features at this year’s show are examples of smaller- and flexibly-designed homes for the 55+ market. And, of course, a plethora of green- and environmentally-conscious homebuilding products.

Canadian Contractor Rob Koci is down at the show. You have to feel pity for Rob. While Canada and much of Europe is shivering with severe winter weather, it’s a pleasant 23 degrees Celsius down in Orlando today.



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