PB October 1999

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I'm probably like a lot of you. I've read a few of management guru Tom Peters' books.

Pulte Corporation, the nation's largest homebuilder, announced that it will add virtual tours to showcase their model homes on their website.

Small and midsize builders are often at a disadvantage in competition with the high-powered national cmpanies invading their markets with increasing frequency.

A revolution is upon the home building industry, driven by leaders who are employing new management strategies with exceptional business results.

Holiday Builders of Melbourne, Fla. Sold out a 26-lot subdivision in just 90 minutes during a one-day event this past June at the Melbournw community of Magnolia Village.

Robinson Development inc. of roselle, Ill. Has found a new marketing twist for the Internet, and buyer response has been extremely positive.

There are many routes to success in the home building industry.

Through July of 1999, total housing permits issued in four of last year's top 15 metropolitan areas for new housing were below the toal for the first seven months of 1998.

The Portland city government's official position is their new base zone design standards are a response to past construction standards that have negatively impacted the livability and safety of surrounding neighborhoods.

Just over one year after opening for sales, BelleFair at Rye Brook, N.Y. is opening six new models--and the project is already over 80% sold.

Many home builders, perhaps most, run their companies the way George S. Patton ran the Third Army, great at giving orders and getting things done, not so gret at mentioning the emerging leaders a growing organization needs.

While revenues surged to al-time high levels for the nation's largest homebuilders, industry analysts agree that the third quarter witnessed a transition.

Taylor woodrow homes, inc. was acknowledged last month by the Emblem Elementary School in Saugus, Calif. For their $2500 contribution to the school's Plqyground Equipment Campaign.

When M/I Schottenstein Homes president Bill Schottenstein decided to launch an al-out assault on the price creep that keeps potential first-time home buyers in rental apartments, his first target was land cost.

Consider a few facts about the Phoenix home building market.

An interesting philosophy is at work at The Green Cos.

Builders and consumers can try out colors on a virtual deck at the Flood Co.’s web site, www.floodco.com.

As the topic of suburban sprawl and antigrowth legislation heats up with the upcoming federal elections, the Sierra Club recently released its second annual report on sprawl.

An important provision of tax legislation recently passed by congress would expand funding for the Low-Income housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, spurring the creation of 28,000 additional units of affordable rental housing every year.

No company ever worked harder to achieve an NHQ Award than Melbourne, Fla.-based Mercedes Homes.

No NHQ winner ever set higher benchmarks, in just about every area of operations, than Rayco-former Professional Builder of the Year Ray Ellison's old San Antonio jugernaut.

Following a sharp drop in june, total housing starts rose sharply in July.

One prominent trend for the last few years has been the rise of specialty rooms, which fit into the broader construction category of built-ins.

When David Weekley Homes won the NHQ Award in 1993, the Houston-based firm set benchmarks for gathering data to measure the strength of customer relationships.

Building permits nationwide were issued at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.632 million units during July, an increase ofa slight 0.4% from July 1998, but 0.5% lower than in June 1999.

Over the last 20 years, most of the infill development in the city of Portland, Ore. Has consisted of garage-domnated row houses.

A free environmental program developed by the NAHB is helping elementary school students learn abou the home building process, construction jobs and the environment.

Count suburban Chicago's kennedy Homes among those enthralled with the Rayco model of research-driven product development and even-flow production.

The Conference Board's composite Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) dropped for the second straight month during August, but was higher than the same month last year.

Houstin-based housing Giant U.S. home corp. is almost paranoid about jobsite safety, but that extreme sensitivity is a model for the entire industry.

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