PB June 1999

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It's hard to believe that home buyers would camp out in front of model homes for a chance to purchase production homes priced at $1 million or more.

It can sometimes be difficult to give surburban home buyers the sense they are living in the open country -- especially when they want thebest of city life nearby.

David Weekley Homes has been enjoying greart success at Cinco Ranch outside Houston since they began building in the planned community; mainly because they havethe relocation market figured out pretty well.

A warranty service company in San Francisco guarantees home service work 100%--no questions asked.

When every home in your development has a view of either the community park, the surrounding desert mountain or the city lights of Las Vegas, you may expect brisk sales.

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Architect William McDonough, the Man Time magazine recently selected as one of its Heroes for the planet, has a lofty goal--to balance ecology, equity and economy in all that he creates.

The following sources offer more information about sustainable land planning and green building

Morrision Homes is going for a new record in referral sales.

Maryland builder/developer emphasizes the land-planning part of green building and has formed the Earth Society to teach others.

Read as much into this as you want, but don't ignore it: Neotraditonal neighborhoods are not just a fad anymore.

Goodwill efforts aren't money makers, but they reinforce the image of the home builder, and often general valuable press coverage as well.

Someone said that sameness is the mother of disgust, and variety is the cure.

Houses are a lot like fashion.

This is a tale of the lessons learned from four communities: the quarter century old Village Homes in Tucson, Ariz.; the grand plans of Coffee Creek Center in Chesterton, Ind., and the urban infill Village in Armory Park, also in Tucson.

Sometimes, fine-tuning is all that's necessary to turn a good model presentationinto a great one.

In a typical house, the quality of indoor air can be up to ten times worse than the air outdoors.

When developer Chaunkee Venable began designing Orange Shoals, he approached the land in a manner distinctly different than the developers of typical , maximum density subdivisions.

No on knows for sure why the luxury home market in Florida is on such a binge.

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