Last month, I attended NAHB’s midyear meeting in Miami and had the pleasure of sitting in on a presentation by Daniel Swift, president and CEO of Des Moines-based architecture group BSB Design.
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Lately, the talk from builders that I’ve connected with has been about the suddenly dwindling supply of available prime real estate in their markets, especially entitled land and finished lots in good locations. I’m also hearing stories of bidding wars leading to a run-up in lot and land prices in certain submarkets and communities. The fascinating thing is that these land battles and lot shortages are even occurring in some of the nation’s most overbuilt markets.
75 years of people, ideas and trends in home building
In honor of Professional Builder's 75th anniversary, we profile pioneering figures, breakthrough ideas, and transformative market trends that have shaped home building since 1936.
Two-month extension would be funded by tacking extra fees onto Fannie and Freddie mortgages
home builder, homebuilder, khov, k. hovnanian
K. Hovnanian’s Bobby Ray has announced he is stepping down as group president of the builder’s Texas and Florida markets after 12 years with the company.
Tech review: Which tablet is right for you?
The iPad changed mobile computing forever, but is it the best tool for field and office construction professionals? New tablets on the market offer more security, less glare, and serious business applications for builders, designers, and construction users alike.
standard pacific, home builders, homebuilders, homebuilding
Standard Pacific Homes' CEO Ken Campbell has announced that he is resigning his job and his board of directors position effective January, saying that a former chief of the firm's Orange County division will be his successor.
A number of economists and politicians have issued housing plans in the last few weeks. Here's a round-up of the ideas.
home builder, builder, fraud, meritage homes
William Monroe, a former VP in Meritage Homes' Nevada division, faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing $1.4 million from the builder. According to an AP report, Monroe submitted fraudulent invoices to his former employer over a four-year period.
Beazer Homes, home builder, homebuilder, home-building giant
Home-building giant Beazer Homes announced this morning that CEO Ian J. McCarthy is leaving the builder after 17 years of service. The company's CFO, Allan Merrill, will succeed McCarthy as president and CEO and has been elected to the board of directors.
Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies, state of the housing market
After three consecutive years of record-low construction levels, the vigor of the recovery in housing now hinges on a return of demand, according to the State of the Nation’s Housing report released this morning by the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies. The key obstacles to a return in demand, say Harvard researchers, are the lingering consequences of the recession and financial crisis.