PB September 2004

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Talk of a housing bubble and June's increase of the federal funds rate - the first increase in four years -have builders and pundits wondering how long the housing boom will last.

The next step is to start looking for areas of vulnerability.

Think through your termination process; set mutual expectations with new employees about what you want from them - and what they want from you.

Are employees robbing you blind? Many builders refuse to see the epidemic of insider crime that plagues the U.S. housing industry.

When it is time to design new product for a community, many builders go in search of the perfect plan — something already out there. They shop the competition, search the Web or ask their marketing consultants to pull a trick from the hat. But, alas, what builders often find is that homes fall into one of two categories: those that have great design features but are way too expensive to ...

Previously to wildfires in 2003, homeowners made individual deals with contractors to rebuild. However, one company, Coto de Caza, Calif.-based Stonefield Development, will build 81 new homes in the Whispering Ridge neighborhood of Scripps Ranch to rep...

Warning Signs That Something is Amiss

This new design gives each department and feature its own distinctive look to make navigation easier for the reader.

An architect inspired by his customer's art collection creates a contemporary masterpiece using right angles, 'Mondrian-shaped' windows and color.

Atlanta-based Lucas Group, one of the nation's largest executive search firms, reports the construction industry is still on a hiring spree - despite reports that industry hiring has slowed.

Who steals, how they steal, and how to stop it.

Retro styling rules, with everything from sundresses to martini glasses to furniture. Ann Sacks has brought the aesthetic to tile, with its recently released wall tile, Quilt.

The International Erosion Control Association administers two education and certification programs that can help reduce builders' environmental, entitlement and regulatory headaches.

In the San Francisco Bay area, one home builder has successfully positioned itself as a quality company with knowledgeable experts at the helm.

This "Miami modern" design by architect Barry Sugarman was the Best of Show winner in Southeast Builders Conference's recent Aurora Awards. We think it heralds the return of modern architecture to residential prominence, a budding trend accelerated by the growing importance of urban housing and uptown lifestyles.

An alternative to a conventional septic system for environmentally sensitive and other challenging sites.

Manufacturers create products to appeal to a variety of price points.

Dallas-based developer of master-planned communities, Hillwood Residential, offers a generous incentive for Realtors cooperating in its area communities.

APA - The Engineered Wood Association reported in July that an influx of imported wood panel products have made their way into the American housing market to meet hot demand. Some of those panels may be improperly stamped or not stamped at all - thereb...

Dominant builders create a culture that attracts and retains talent and customers.

Great design and affordability are not mutually exclusive, even in a small home. Here's how to create a great-looking community, while keeping costs firmly under control.

One of the most important considerations in home building and site development is deciding on an appropriate and cost-effective wastewater treatment system. Soil type, local code requirements and a range of other factors figure into the equation. When is an aerobic wastewater treatment system a better choice than a conventional septic system? Here's a look at the key issues involved in choosin...

Since the late 1990s, builders active in the entry-level segment of the market have had 'guardian angels' at their sides to assist otherwise qualified prospects with the toughest challenge in buying their first home -coming up with the down payment.

New overtime rules from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), effective August 23, don't worry builders and industry experts, who nonetheless stress the need for compliance.

This buried treasure in suburban Twin Cities, Minn., maximizes square footage while bucking conventional suburban design.

Think what makes a room inviting is strictly subjective? Follow these guidelines to increase the attractiveness of your homes.

Eleventh year of measuring profitability and financial benchmarks among Lee Evans Group clients shows strength of long housing boom.

In this crucial election year, NAHB is working hard to focus attention on housing and to elevate it as a national priority.

Caught short? The best way to minimize the impact of today's shortage is to plan for tomorrow's.

Delighting customers drives the new home design process.

Residential Homes of America (RHA), located in Lake Bluff, Ill., has a knack for finding land.

The Setup: An executive active in land acquisition and development for a large local production builder finds a choice building site on his own, without help from anyone. But then he thinks to himself, "This parcel is so good, we'd gladly pay a broker to get our hands on it." The Sting So instead of approaching the site owner directly, he calls a land broker .

First of all, don't be naive and blissfully think it can't happen to you.

Pendants, which are increasing in popularity, are offered in a variety of shapes, styles and sizes, and can be used to provide general light or highlight a specific focal point or object.

Boston's Channel Center is helping to transform the historic Fort Point warehouse district with 14 renovations and four infill sites on 7.1 acres.

Despite the threat of rising interest rates, the second-home market remains strong, according to a recent study by EscapeHomes.com, an online marketplace for vacation-housing real estate.

As with any discussion relating to design elements, an analysis of just what makes a room or area seem inviting is often quite subjective. Diverse personal preferences make it difficult to outline specific do's-and-don't's, but a few general guidelines can help increase the attraction of certain areas in a home.

This buried treasure in suburban Twin Cities, Minn., maximizes square footage while bucking conventional suburban design.

If you have written ethics policies in place for every department and think through all the gray areas and discuss them with employees regularly, you create a climate focused on ethical behavior.

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