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Owning a home makes it easier to build wealth

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A recent survey found that 80 percent of inspectors plan to retire within 15 years

Builders secured more January permits compared with December and the year ago period. 

Homes in New Orleans. Photo: Tanya Lukasik/Creative Commons

New Orleans's homeownership rate among older households jumped 8 percentage points since 2006

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A new pilot program provides off-grid PV and battery storage systems for customers located far off the grid

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The plan is to build 1,000 homes with amenities such as White Shaker cabinetry, quartz surfaces, and walk-in showers

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The average cost of rooftop solar power is now equivalent to the national average for utility-supplied electricity, or about 12¢ per kWh

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High rents, tight credit, student loans, and a preference for an urban lifestyle keeps today’s young adults from moving

State capitol building in Austin, Texas. Photo: Nicolas Henderson/Creative Commons

The Austin Homebuilders Association expressed concerns over increased costs

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House prices have peaked in many markets, and wage growth might not be enough to offset cost pressures

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House prices are rising, but still remain affordable, in suburbs in popular, expanding metros

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The Portico platform features a product database organized by manufacturer, product category, and whether the product meets LEED and Living Building Challenge standards

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Experts say affordability, inventory levels, and home value growth will be affected by higher rates

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Bridgeport’s solar installation numbers jumped more than doubled to 350 last year, which has led to a three-month backlog

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People who are breaking even aren’t motivated to sell, creating a lack of inventory

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Supporters of the bill say it would help reduce instances of fraud


Holly Williams’ farmhouse revives southern charm.

See why Nashville icon Holly Williams used authentic, wood-grain HardiePlank® lap siding to restore the grace of a fading southern belle.

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Creating Luxury Unbound by Time

See how the designers of the 2016 Sunset Idea House combined Artisan® siding’s traditional profiles to achieve a modern aesthetic.


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Inside The Home Depot Pro: Savings

In the first part of this exclusive series, we take an inside look at The Home Depot’s Pro Services and how they are designed for convenience and saving customers money. See how joining Pro Xtra can help pros grow their business with perks such as purchase tracking, exclusive offers, and other business tools.

Inside The Home Depot Pro: Getting Pros In and Out Faster

In the second part of this exclusive series, we learn more about the systems used by The Home Depot’s Pro Services that focus on making customers more productive and more profitable. Discover how tools such as Text2Confirm help get pros in and out quickly, so they can get back to work as soon as possible.

February 2017

This Month in Professional Builder


Builders and architects report on what's been happening with expenses, square footage, and buyer demographics.

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