PB March 2011

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While many home builders are minimizing exposure to land assets, opportunistic companies like Charter Homes, Signature Homes, and Toll Brothers view distressed land acquisition as a solution for both short-term survival and future success.

In the latest installment of Professional Builder's House Review collaborative, leading architects and designers present four creative plans designed to grow as the family grows. Rather than creating designs where expanded areas become obvious add-ons, these homes maintain both functionality and outstanding curb appeal as they are expanded.

Millennials are tough to pin down. Here’s why those buying homes now are different from the group that will be entering the market in the next 15 years.

Recognizing the abundance of land deals available, the fact that banks are loosening their grip on distressed properties, and forecasts that show the housing market is finally on the road to recovery, most home builders believe now is a great time to be in the market for land, according to a January 2011 survey of Professional Builder readers. More than 55 percent of survey respondents agreed with the sentiment that now is an ideal time to purchase land for housing development, while less than a quarter disagreed with the statement.

There’s a simple fact in home building: The best builders are the best schedulers.
With that in mind, here are 25 essential practices to take your scheduling to a new level. Tips include establishing all pricing up front, accounting for weather in the schedule, and using manufactured components when possible.

Dual sinks, decentralized refrigeration, accessible appliances, and various counter heights are among the considerations when designing for multiple cooks in the kitchen.

Want to boost your sales conversion ratio? Here are 10 performance measurements to apply to your sales operation. By tracking each salesperson’s performance against these standards you will be able to determine who your top producers are, who is improving, and who isn’t pulling their weight.

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