PB July 2004

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Learn the obstacles to proper valuation so you can more effectively promote innovative products in the homes you build.

Centex Destination Properties, the big public builder's new second home and resort housing division, is having a field day selling condos and single-family homes at Ko Olina Kai, the firm's first resort project on Oahu, Hawaii.

The profitability of any housing community starts with land acquisition.

The design talent in this industry delivers homes at every square footage and price point that delight buyers. What's lacking is a commitment to rocking the boat.

Analysts and investors are turning up the heat on the big public home builders to maintain their double-digit growth rates, even in the face of expected spikes in interest rates and drops in housing starts.

A Florida builder says his unique system cuts cycle time and increases strength by embedding a home's framing in the concrete slab, rather than building it on top.

Confusion is the enemy of project approvals, but great graphics can be a builder's best friend.

Shared appreciation mortgages (SAMs), may provide builders with a valuable option on properties that are perceived to be risky investments or when interest rates are climbing, according to accounting giant Grant Thornton International.

Leadership is the ability to effectively guide, direct and influence people. They lead by influencing and building teams. They get results through the willing cooperation of their people.

Builders are stealing obesity headlines since the American Journal of Preventive Medicine in June let slip a report planned for print in August, 'Obesity Relationships with Community Design, Physical Activity, and Time Spent in Cars,' and consumer news...

Although it won't settle disputes over country western versus rock and roll, the Bosch Power Box (PB10-CD) covers every other on-site music need.

Building and rebuilding cities is necessary to attract and retain young, creative workers.

Create practical dining space near the kitchen.

Kiawah Island, S.C., south of Charleston, has been a playground of the rich for 20 years.

According to 'America's Home Forecast: The Next Decade for Housing and Mortgage Finance,' a report by the Homeownership Alliance, the future of housing looks bright.

As lots get smaller and densities higher, maintaining privacy in homes - some of which are just a few feet apart - escalates in importance.

This Chicago infill development transforms industrial land into an urban gem by drawing on the city's strong architectural roots.

Laundry rooms often are difficult spaces to merchandise in a model home, but new products are making it easier.

This affordable, 2,600-acre southern Utah second home community in the city of Washington (near St. George) works the amenities boomers want into a package that doesn't carry a hefty premium.

The CEO of Bielinski Homes steers into an era of rapid growth and reduced cycle times for greater efficiency.

International management consulting powerhouse McKinsey & Co. lists the following keys to winning the talent war for gifted young managers.

With thousands of baby boomers turning 50 each day, vacation housing is a hot market niche for this-and the next-decade.

Waukesha, Wis.-based Bielinski Homes is making some changes, but the builder remains committed to conservation development.

A 2002 study comparing homes with standard six-panel front doors to those with upgraded entry systems - including transoms, sidelights and decorative glass - found the enhanced entry increased the perceived value of the home.

The legions of hard-working immigrants that enable our livelihood go mostly unnoticed. Get out to the job sites, and listen to their stories - their journeys of what they left behind.

Joe Turner, a customer service consultant for the home building industry, believes a builder's sales department can go a long way toward eliminating 'serial construction defects,' his term for problems that are repeated in almost every home in a commun...

Seeing truly is believing. So say builders when it comes to teaching buyers about new building technologies.

Different items appeal to different ethnic groups when looking for a home.

The design philosophy at this Irvine, Calif, community promises buyers flexibility, accessibility and visitability.

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