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Bismarck Breaks Homebuilding Record

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North Dakota added 22,000 people in 2013, and home builders were some of the first to feel the impact.

"We had a great year in 2013. It was probably the most for production and overall sales that we've had," says Chad Moldenhaur, Owner of K and L Homes. "I think a lot of that has to do with the strong economy, the strong consumer confidence and the ample amount of work that there is to do."

Single family home permits increased 5 percent from 2012 and the Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association says it has been busy keeping the peace.

"It's kind of funny, building houses and working with the city is kind of like a marriage," says Greg Zenker, 2nd Vice Chair of the Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association. "There isn't a problem until there's a miscommunication or lack of communication."

HBA membership grew by 10 percent, and as the housing explosion continues, builders are facing some challenges.
 
"The challenge always is keeping a good staff, I have 25 employees and were always looking to add more people with the record unemployment levels we've had in the past few years, it's tough," says Moldenhauer.

And Moldenhauer isn't the only one with staffing issues, cities have worker shortages, too.

"They are looking for a head inspector, and other inspectors to do the ground work," says Zenker.

And even though building boomed, the late spring and early winter created problems too.

"Some of the weather challenges that happened in 2013, and you know, there's a lot of building that needs to be done to finish 2013's projects," says Zenker.

Both Moldenhauer and Zenker say that they think 2014 will be another busy year, especially as they finish up what they started last year.

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