This month is Building Safety Month, as recognized by the International Code Council (ICC).
Mixed-use residential development is on the upswing, particularly in urban areas. But before jumping into this market, home builders need to consider the risks versus rewards.
Experts break down how home builders can master public hearings
Home builders weigh which strategy will best allow them to survive and profit when the market turns around.
Residential development as part of a rail network can be a beneficial opportunity for cities, builders and homeowners alike when it is planned as part of an overall community vision. Contributing Editor Ann Matesi examines the components of successful homebuilding developments near transportation hubs and offers 10 guidelines builders and planners should consider.
Traffic is strong at Edenglen, the first neighborhood in Ontario, California’s New Model Colony -- part of a 20-year plan to expand the city’s housing stock, retail and commercial space. Edenglen pays homage to old Ontario with a variety of housing types and architectural styles and a pedestrian-friendly land plan.
Hamlet Homes is contributing to the downtown revitalization of Murray, Utah with Inverness Square, a community that embraces the principles of New Urbanism.
Land and its affiliated debt has always been a home builder's Achilles heel, causing many builders to fail. As the market stabilizes this year and builders begin to acquire land, they need to reestablish good land acquisition risk management techniques.
Merger and acquisition activities and a surge in home sales lifted Wall Street for our session ending May 31. The Dow industrials continued their climb higher, and the slow-stepping S&P 500 Index hit its first record close in seven years as our session came to an end, bolstered by the Fed minutes that showed the Fed's nod to the housing slump as a potential to lower interest rates.
The Federal Reserve Board held interest rates in check at 5.25 percent, unchanged after five consecutive meetings of the federal bankers. Markets were volatile in the week before our session ended Jan. 31, 2007, responding to mixed earnings reports.
Home building recently gave new meaning to the term skeleton crew: sites recently being excavated in Texas by Lennar Homes and in Pennsylvania by Pulte Homes turned up long-forgotten graves. In Texas, there are approximately 50,000 cemeteries, according to the Texas Historical Commission. With statistics like this, it's easy to understand how a builder could encounter remains.