Management



Tim Kane, President, MBK Homes, Irvine, Calif.

Tim Kane, President, MBK Homes, Irvine, Calif.

Features
December 31, 2011

During the housing downturn, Tim Kane, longtime president of MBK Homes, scaled back his operations to match demand and searched out new opportunities for his company. Where once MBK was purely a single-family detached builder, Kane has broadened the firm’s offering to everything from live/work units to rehabbing distressed REO properties. Our discussion with Kane also touches upon the importance of differentiating product offerings versus the market and the advantages of being owned by Mitsui, a large Japanese multinational.

Generating new-home sales revenue and reducing unnecessary costs are not all tha

Generating new-home sales revenue and reducing unnecessary costs are not all that complicated — when you have a clear and concis

Features
December 31, 2011

Generating new-home sales revenue and reducing unnecessary costs are not all that complicated — when you have a clear and concise action plan. Here are a dozen action steps for boosting your business in 2012.

lean building, home building

Having the right culture is the key to making Lean work in an organization. To demonstrate what a culture of commitment looks li

Features
December 31, 2011

Having the right culture is the key to making Lean work in an organization. To demonstrate what a culture of commitment looks like, Scott Sedam profiles builders that truly “get it” when it comes to Lean operations.

drywall purchasing, supply chain management, purchasing expert Charles Schneider

Drywall installers

Features
December 12, 2011

Most builders buy drywall turnkey, with both the material and the labor provided by the same contractor. Purchasing expert Charles Schneider offers a better solution.

toll brothers, home builders, homebuilder, acquisition

toll brothers, home builders, homebuilder, acquisition

News
November 21, 2011

Toll Brothers announced its entry into the Seattle market through the acquisition of the assets and operations of CamWest Development.

managing through the downturn, homebuilder management, management techniques for

Here’s a look at the stages of grief that builders have encountered while riding the bumpy road of the recession.

Features
November 21, 2011

No builder or sales organization has ever successfully navigated through difficult times by relying on hope. Here’s a look at the stages of grief that builders have encountered while riding the bumpy road of the recession.

media relations, reputation management, combating negative publicity, negative p

Nontraditional media sources like third-party review websites and social media outlets can make life difficult for builders. All

Features
November 21, 2011

The rise of user-review websites and social media have made media relations and reputation management even more critical for home builders. Here are proven tactics for combating negative publicity.

home builder, homebuilder, lennar, equity

home builder, homebuilder, lennar, equity

News
November 15, 2011

Home builder Lennar expects to close a $650 million private equity fund for its distressed real estate unit this year and open a second fund in 2012.

NHQ Awards, Goodall Homes, National Housing Quality Awards

The Goodall Homes executive team

Features
October 23, 2011

For Nashville-area builder Goodall Homes, having satisfied customers isn’t good enough. It wants its buyers raving and willing to spread the word.

NHQ Awards, Schumacher Homes, National Housing Quality Awards

The Schumacher Homes leadership team at its design studio in Akron, Ohio.

Features
October 23, 2011

Through real-time design and pinpoint-accurate estimating, Schumacher Homes has redefined the custom-home building market.

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