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Finding hidden profits from change orders

Posted by   /  February 13, 2018  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

NAHB Is work-related stress causing you heart burn, high blood pressure or even hair loss? There’s a chance that improving your health might — to some degree — involve improving your contracts. Many builders have contracts and change order policies that leave too much room for interpretation and an excessive amount of client flexibility. That […]

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What’s keeping builders up at night

Posted by   /  January 10, 2018  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

Apart from how to build less expensively for prospective home buyers, focus remains on a next round of battles on Capitol Hill. By John McManus | Builder On builders’ minds as they troll the miles of aisles of manufacturers and services bringing their latest and greatest wares to market in residential construction’s biggest annual marketplace? For […]

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10 waves of change for home builders

Posted by   /  January 3, 2018  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

Sage and seer George Casey looks at the future and declares ‘it’s here’ in 2018! By George Casey | Builder The end of the fall marks a time for me to review what I have seen over the past year and to also think about the longer-term changes in our industry and how they may have already […]

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Read our lips: It’s the growth rate

Posted by   /  January 3, 2018  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

Before you buy lots that extend community selling horizons beyond the next 24 months, play with this interactive. By John McManus | Builder Spring 2020 is the future for almost everybody, but in real-world, messy, practical ways, it’s the present for new residential developers and builders. Land and lot acquisition strategy for builders takes on a […]

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NAHB Chairman: “Change is inevitable”

Posted by   /  January 3, 2018  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

The past year was an eventful one, as will be 2018. By Granger MacDonald | Builder The past year was one of tremendous change. President Donald Trump assumed office ready to reverse course on many policies, and the 115th Congress came to the nation’s capital with an ambitious legislative agenda. NAHB capitalized on this political shift in Washington, […]

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Why new home sales spiked and what’s driving the surge

Posted by   /  December 28, 2017  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

If builders can keep shifting the price mix lower, pace can continue to accelerate into 2018. By John McManus | Builder Websters defines well-being as a state of being happy, healthy, or prosperous. No details in the definition itself specifically explain how or why people reach that state. Does it just happen? Is it a condition simply to […]

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2018 demand signals strong: Now, what about supply?

Posted by   /  December 14, 2017  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

Builder confidence

To seize some control of their market opportunity builders should look at how much it costs them to build a square foot of finished space, and how much value that generates. By John McManus | Builder As tax reform, an improving economy, and continued healing among housing’s data metrics take shape and gain momentum in a profoundly under-housed […]

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Builders imagine homes of the future — but some of their dreams are available today

Posted by   /  October 9, 2017  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Michele Lerner |  The Washington Post Ever thought about having a dedicated room with an operable opening on the top to accommodate drone deliveries?Or using a 3-D printer to supply hinges for your cabinets? Or imagined your home’s windows adjusting to light and seasons the way your photochromic glasses do: darkening slightly in the summer […]

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Manufacturers educate the market with research

Posted by   /  October 4, 2017  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

As some building products manufacturers prove, if you educate the market, you can become the market leader By Home Innovation Research Labs | Builder Wood floor joists in new homes keep getting deeper. In 2004, more than half of wood floor joists in new homes were 10 inches deep or less. Today, over 60% are 12 […]

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In Case You Missed It: Five tips to avoiding builder burnout

Posted by   /  September 28, 2017  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

A few simple time-management techniques can help builders stay sane. By Bruce D. Snider | Builder Time management, stress management, life-work balance, burnout avoidance; all these management buzzwords address a challenge every builder will recognize: How to keep the business that puts food on your table from eating you alive. Construction business consultant Jim Schug sees the […]

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