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Homebuilders see prices go up, lack of skilled workers

Higher costs for materials are cited for holding back housing rebound

Posted: April 28, 2013 at 2:54 a.m.

In this Friday, March 29, 2013, photo, a worker helps frame a new home under construction in Matthews, N.C. The Commerce Department reports on new-home sales for March on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton

Even as U.S. housing rebounds from its worst downturn since the 1930s, production bottlenecks are pushing up building-materials costs, land prices are rising and skilled labor ready to begin work is hard to find.

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Business, Pages 65 on 04/28/2013

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