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March 28, 2017

This month, starting on page 32, we bring you our annual report on the kitchen and bath design trends that hold the greatest appeal for buyers.

March 28, 2017

There are few things about my job that I enjoy as much as touring new communities in California. Recently, I was able to spend the better part of a week doing just that. And from what I saw, the old saying that innovative new-home design starts in the West and flows east still seems accurate.

March 22, 2017

If a hurricane, tornado, or flood ravaged one of your communities, how would your houses fare? How about the multimillion-dollar custom home you just completed for a client?

March 21, 2017

Today’s home design trends are becoming more fragmented and variable than ever. Options have exploded, and buyer expectations are high.

March 06, 2017

A new administration, rising interest rates, shifting demographics—it seems as if 2017 has just begun, yet we’re already seeing a change in the homebuilding landscape. Here are some trends we see for the coming year.

March 02, 2017

In 2015, the day after Christmas, several tornados shook the suburban Dallas, Texas, towns of Garland and Rowlett. I volunteered for an urban search and rescue operation in the city of Garland; the severity of the event only sunk in when I was called to report for duty.

March 06, 2017

If you’ve been in the housing industry for even a short while, you’ve probably heard of John Burns. A prodigious speaker, regularly appearing on national TV and in other media, Burns attends more than a dozen industry events each year, presenting housing market updates, forecasts, and trends.

February 28, 2017

This month’s issue includes stories about three unfilled market niches that are significant opportunities for builders: culturally aware housing, live-work housing, and Missing Middle Housing. They're an example of old ideas, made new. 

February 27, 2017

Moisture management is a big concern for builders today. Having a good strategy and selecting moisture-resistant products for locations that can get wet are keys for success.

February 22, 2017

The kitchen and bathroom remodeling business has grown into a $134 billion industry and is not showing any signs of slowing. According to Remodeling magazine’s 2017 “Cost vs.

February 15, 2017

News outlets reported that in October 2016, new housing starts hit a nine-year high, soaring up to 1.34 million. Additionally, the Department of Commerce revealed that the year closed out with privately-owned housing starts reaching a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,226,000.

February 07, 2017

What does the future of digital look like for home builders?

February 07, 2017

There were more than 1,000 entries this year for the NAHB National Sales & Marketing Awards, and a sampling of the winning entries begins here.

February 07, 2017

Apologies to Paul Simon, but when I looked at the long list of design ideas I compiled while at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, I thought I’d try to mention 50 of them—a nice round number. Here they are--some of the many trends I spotted on and off the floor.

February 06, 2017

Enticing buyers is a challenge, but builders have a unique opportunity to attract house hunters who expect up-to-date aesthetics. By incorporating trending designs into your next project, you can drastically improve market popularity and yield higher returns.

February 03, 2017

At the end of 2016, Chicagoland home sales dropped sharply. In October there were 8,762 closed home sales, a 6.3 percent decrease from October of 2015 and lowest October sales in the last five years.

January 25, 2017

If you ask homebuilders today how business is, most of them will tell you that it should be very good – if they could support it.

January 19, 2017

Energy usage is a rising concern for any homeowner.

February 01, 2017

Building a large, luxury home is not for the faint of heart.

January 12, 2017

The year 2016 was an eventful one for home building. Falling unemployment, rising wages, and still-low mortgage interest rates created more opportunities for homebuyers than we’ve seen in some time.

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