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July 29, 2016

You’ve most likely heard that Amazon is launching brick and mortar bookstores, starting with Seattle and recently announcing new stores in Portland and San Diego.

July 27, 2016

Hanging drywall in the right direction can make a world of difference in the quality, strength and appearance of the finished job.                                                                              

Walls: Vertical or Horizontal?

July 27, 2016

Flooring has seen a lot of innovation in recent years, making it harder to distinguish between materials while creating more affordable options. Here are some of the latest trends.

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July 13, 2016

The paint department at Home Depot is like a store within a store. We’re constantly seeking out the latest innovations and cool new products to bring our customers.

July 11, 2016

The “generation gap” is an idea that gained popularity in the 1960s, though it could be argued that awareness of it arose about the time that the concept of adolescence was created, at the beginning of the 20th century.

July 18, 2016

Since the launch of Professional Builder’s Daily Feed newsletter on June 4, 2014, I have scanned thousands upon thousands of news stories about or related to home building in some way.

July 06, 2016

The lack of inventory in the national housing market is no secret, but the anticipated hike in home prices hasn’t been as dramatic as previously expected. In most markets, there has been an increase in starter, trade-up and premium home values, but this isn’t the case in all markets.

July 01, 2016

One example of the value and power of the NHQA is that while 50% of home builders went out of business between 2007-2012 over the 20 year + history of the National Housing Quality Awards (NHQA) 95+% of recipients are still in business! Consider the following!

June 22, 2016

Moisture is one of the most damaging elements buildings can encounter. It’s also the leading cause of construction litigation. But keeping buildings perfectly dry isn’t entirely practical; instead, buildings must manage water in a balanced way.

June 17, 2016

While the housing market appears to be on an upswing in most parts of the country, it is manifesting itself in ways quite different than it had ten or fifteen years ago.

June 13, 2016

Homeownership has fallen to its lowest level since 1967, and it will likely continue to drop toward 60 percent. This is due to limited inventory, high prices, debt, wage stagnation, and strict lending practices. Rental households have increased by 9 million in the last 10 years. 

June 13, 2016

Facing a heavier workload in the peak summer season, contractors are challenged to equip themselves with the latest tools without breaking the bank.

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.

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

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.

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