PB October 2007

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Scott Sedam reminds homebuilders to maintain good relationships with suppliers and tradespeople.

A strong company culture that garners high customer and employee satisfaction contribute to Mercedes Homes’ receiving silver recognition for the National Housing Quality Award.

Professional Builder columnist Rodney Hall has a list of suggestions for recently unemployed homebuilder employees – and it doesn’t include taking some time off.

Barratt American weathers the roughest seas in housing and takes home a National Housing Quality Silver Award - without losing a single employee.

Take a look at these exterior doors from Marvin, Andersen, Kolbe and others.

Loyalty builds trust. Read on to find out why earning your customers' trust is important for your business.

For the second time, Pringle Development of Eustis, Fla., has earned a Silver National Housing Quality Award. The employee-owned home building company reports its revenues are higher and its market position stronger than ever due to strong leadership, improved construction quality and solid customer relationships.

Homebuyers want to breathe easy – that’s a given. Here, PATH outlines ways homebuilders can improve their product’s indoor air quality.

Today’s active adults span two generations — the Eisenhower and baby boomer, — and they have very different opinions about the homes and communities where they plan to spend their golden years. Getting them to move out of their current homes may be the biggest challenge of all. Housing experts dissect this diverse and rapidly growing market segment.

John Engerman talks about the products that Engerman Companies prefers to use in the homes they build.

John Rymer closes his two-part series on dealing with house-to-sell customers. His advice? Step outside production builder boundaries and get involved in selling your customer’s existing home.

The Fireside Hearth & Home team impress the judges and nab a Silver Award for the 2008 NHQ Awards. One judge wishes he had a team like Fireside.

Read on to find out more about Millwork and Molding from Azek, Outwater and more.

The Federal Reserve Board lowered interest rates this week by half a point and financial markets reacted enthusiastically.

Irmo, S.C.-based Mungo Homes scored an NHQ award on its very first try, which almost never happens. Read on to learn what played a big role in Mungo Homes' quality success story.

Combine the quaint, neighborly charm of Mayberry, the mythical destination of Andy Griffith Show fame, with a modern home that’s modestly sized and customized. What do you get? A vision of what the creators of Towne Mill’s Rivendell model in Canton, Ga., are striving to achieve.

The NHQ Awards are sponsored by the NAHB Research Center and Professional Builder. Winners were recognized in a gala award ceremony at the 2007 Professional Builder Benchmark Conference Sept. 26 at the Chateau Elan Winery and Resort in Braselton, Ga.

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