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April 08, 2016

Cities are recovering from the Great Recession at different rates, and some are undoubtedly doing better than others in terms of unemployment rate and employment growth

“We sell a lot of upgrades,” says Drees Homes’ VP of national purchasing and operations, David Metz. “But they’re not the main focus of the design studio. Our philosophy is that it’s there to enhance the home-buying experience and make building a house easy and straightforward.” 

April 08, 2016

Today’s design centers take a page (or two) from successful retailers to improve the buyer experience

Florida Building Code updates roofing underlayment and installation guidelines

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April 08, 2016

The underlayment codes have been criticized as being confusing. 

April 08, 2016

Around 60 percent of U.S. households have a central cooling system, and most new homes are built with central air conditioning, so a change in standards would have widespread effects.

April 08, 2016

NRDC reports that advanced water heaters could save consumers up to $200 annually and could cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 50 percent.

April 08, 2016

Zillow's 2015 Urban Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI) was $269,036, compared with the 2015 Suburban ZHVI of $263,987.

April 08, 2016

A study commissioned by telecom company CommScope and carried out by Coleman Parkes Research discovered that this dedicated technology can increase a property’s value by 28 percent.

Points of Entry: Door Trends

LaCantina offers a wide variety of expansive doors, including this energy-efficient multi-slide aluminum system. The door’s design allows for different exterior and interior colors. Click here for larger view.

April 08, 2016

Patio doors are bigger and better, and stylish sliders are coming on strong­—and there’s more. Here are the door trends you need to know about now 

April 08, 2016

Sales are important, but positive customer experience is a gold mine.

Asking the question: Which job is toughest in home building?
April 08, 2016

When trying to determine which job in home building is the toughest, the list of contenders is long and hotly contested

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