August 2017

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Ashton Woods launched Starlight Homes to target entry-level home buyers with monthly mortgage payments ranging from the high $700s to the low $1,000s.

These U.S. Department of Energy Housing Innovation Awards winners show that small-scale multifamily is making big-time strides

Buyers of new homes spend more on appliances, furnishings, and home improvement projects than the typical homeowner

There's a warming trend in contemporary homes, and it speaks to buyer preferences

For single-family builders that haven’t yet ventured into multi, these designs offer an approachable introduction

Builders and architects share what they want from supplier relationships and which attributes would make them consider using a new product

Facing a super-fast housing market, buyers skip open houses and in-person visits in order to get a jump on the competition

Twelve collegiate teams will compete in 10 contests that evaluate factors including water use, energy efficiency, design cost-effectiveness, innovation, and market potential

Metros with the steepest drop in available homes also have fewer on the market after two months

Zillow’s 2017 Paint Color Analysis examined how paint colors affect a home’s average sales price

The median age of a construction worker is 47 in Vermont, 46 in Rhode Island, and 44 in Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania

Each variance purchase order is a failure, for everyone. It’s lose, lose, lose—for the builder, the supplier or trade, and for the customer

Each variance purchase order is a failure, for everyone. It’s lose, lose, lose—for the builder, the supplier or trade, and for the customer

Modern homes have come a long way from the cold white boxes of the 1920s, and buyers are snapping them up

Products from Danver, Delta, Kohler, Moen, Noble Co., Sharkbite Plumbing Solutions, Sterling, and Wellborn Cabinet

Products from Boral, CertainTeed, DaVinci Roofscapes, Echelon, Eldorado Stone, Foundry, James Hardie, Kleer, Louisiana-Pacific, Mid-America, Nichiha, Ply Gem, and Provia

Products from Bosch, Mitsubishi Electric, Navien, Panasonic, and Rinnai

Products from August, Bluebeam Software, Gastite, Honeywell, ICC, In-O-Vate Technologies, LiftMaster, Netatmo, Nest, and SoftPlan

Products from Electrolux, Insinkerator, Thermador, Viking, and Whirlpool

Products from Calculated Industries, Festool, and Lenox

Products from BASF, Boise Cascade, Boral, CertainTeed, Dow Corning, DuPont, GAF, Georgia-Pacific, Georgia-Pacific Gypsum, Huber Engineered Woods, Icynene, Kimberly Clark, Kingspan, Nisus, Norbord Industries, Simpson Strong-Tie, Sto, and Weyerhaeuser

 For builders, a great product builds a great reputation. Here are the products that received the most reader inquiries during the past 12 months.

Products from Country Wood Flooring, GE, Heat & Glo, Sherwin-Williams, Sustainable Materials, and Wilsonart

Not all Boomers are alike. Neither are Millennials. 

Products from Jeld-Wen, LaCantina Doors, Masonite, ODL, Velux, Western Window Systems, and Windsor Windows & Doors

Products from Aert, Porous Pave, and Quikrete

Consistency, effectiveness, and success depend upon precisely documented expectations for your entire home building team

Builders and industry consultants talk about what’s working and how to build an effective program

It’s a difficult area to correctly detail, but also one of the most important

Without a commitment to action, a strategic plan is just a wish list. Follow these steps to go from plan to reality

Decoding the work habits of Millennials may feel like learning a new language, but for the health of your business, it's imperative

August 2017

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