Number Crunch: March 2008

A builder in need can use numbers indeed.
By By Jennifer Powell, Staff Writer | February 29, 2008
Number of entries submitted to the National Sales and Marketing Awards this year.

House sale swaps among users across six Web sites geared toward this new trend. The Wall Street Journal reported homeowners are connecting with other sellers to swap purchases. I'll buy your house if you buy mine.

People who attended the 2008 International Builder's Show in Orlando, Fla., in February. More than 1,900 exhibitors packed 1 million-plus square feet of exhibit space, NAHB reports. That's one big crowd.

Year the House of Tomorrow at Disneyland closed. But fans of the home can breathe a sigh of relief; Disneyland and Taylor Morrison are building a successor called Innoventions Dream Home set to debut in May.

65 cents
The price per share Dominion Homes will pay to buy itself out. If shareholders accept it, the deal will take Dominion Homes private.

$81.5 million 
The selling price of movie producer Sidney Kimmel's oceanfront mansion in Palm Beach, Fla. The house is more than 30,000 square feet and has an atrium, a pool, a two-bedroom guest house, a five-car garage and two pool cabanas. Any takers?

That's how many people will opt to buy new housing in communities specifically built for people 55 or older, NAHB's 50+ Housing Council has found.

Will green get wild? A recent AIA poll revealed that 90 percent of registered voters said they would be willing to pay $5,000 more for a house that would use less energy.

Technical Olympic USA filed for Chapter 11 on Jan. 29 and has plans to restructure the company.

Oil hit another record price per barrel, surging to $101 at the end of February. The president of Excel Futures says that number will likely climb to $120 a barrel, reported.

The annualized GDP growth between third and fourth quarters 2007 dropped from 4.9 percent to 0.6 percent. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, annualized GDP growth stood at 2.2 percent for 2007, down from 2.9 in 2006.