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During the recession, a fairly popular diversification tactic for single-family builders was to build a few multifamily rental projects and hang onto them.

This month contributing editor John Caulfield profiles four regional builders that are each prevailing in their markets. Data from Meyers Research on 50 of the country’s top U.S.

June 03, 2016

As all home builders know, amenity preferences among buyers can change frequently and are often fleeting. However, in recent years, the desire for green features in homes has remained strong and is becoming an expectation.

May 25, 2016

Could some of the most in-demand housing markets be cooling off? A recent study from Trulia reveals that the hottest moving housing markets are slowing down, and sellers in cities lagging from the recession are benefitting from quicker absorption rates.

Slowing Down

May 25, 2016

Everyone in the housing business recognizes that Bill Pulte is the founder of PulteGroup, in Atlanta.

May 10, 2016

The cost of changing codes can quickly pile up and impact several different parts of a project. As requirements are updated, builders are forced to adjust their materials, construction method, engineering, and labor to comply—often resulting in higher costs.

May 09, 2016

When building or remodeling, homeowners are faced with a dizzying array of product choices. How those decisions are made depends on the priorities and point of view of the homeowner.

May 06, 2016

This month is Building Safety Month, as recognized by the International Code Council (ICC).

May 05, 2016

The late Stephen Covey, author of one of the all-time best-selling business books, The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People, often wrote about “the world of abundance.” In Covey’s view, there’s always enough of

Among the questions we ask of builders in our annual Professional Builder Housing Giants survey is this one: “In the coming year, what do you anticipate to be your biggest challenges?” Each year’s results offer a few different answers that rise to the top, but there is one that is always in the m

Dead and gone, as alive as ever, or being reborn? That’s the question that senior editor Mike Beirne asks in our May 2016 story on the current state of the master planned community.

May 02, 2016

The imperatives for the future of quality management include

1. Driving strategic quality at both corporate, industry, and national levels

2. Defining and promoting leadership principles founded on the principles of quality

April 28, 2016

Technology has become integrated into our homes with devices such as networked doorbells, smart thermostats, and wireless light bulbs.

April 18, 2016

While your customers may know their goals for their home renovation, few will shy away from admitting they need professional insight when it comes to choosing the right materials.

April 21, 2016

A few years ago, I drywalled and taped a house with a foyer that had a long barrel ceiling the customer was really excited about. The carpenter did a great job framing the ceiling, and the drywall was easy to install and finish. The problem was that I only finished it to a level 4.

April 15, 2016

Creating a new deck or updating an existing one is a great way for homeowners to add more space and increase home value at the same time. As the trend of turning backyards into outdoor living and entertaining spaces grows, decks are an excellent, affordable option.

April 05, 2016

It was a cold Chicago winter day in early 1989 when I first heard a disagreement erupt about which job is toughest in home building.

April 08, 2016

Many home builders emphasize the idea that every member of their organization is a salesperson, regardless of actual title or position. But this rallying call can, unintentionally, get everyone in the company focused on the wrong metric: sales volume. 

Readers of news articles about the housing industry have been inundated for a while with stories about Millennials and their desire to live in the city.

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