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PB April 2006

Economic Outlook: Investors' Retreat Clouds Housing's Future

The home sales slump had to happen eventually. Nervous builders across the country are asking: How long will this slowdown last? How bad will it get? The answer depends on the characteristics of your local market.

KB Home Nevada

KB Home is the first Giant to work with the NAHB Research Center to implement the National Quality Certification Program on a national level, after successfully implementing the pilot program in Las Vegas as the prototype for the company's nationwide rollout. The program requires all subcontractors to become certified via a thorough educational NAHB program.

In My Own Words: David Weekly Homes

Materials include James Hardie fiber cement siding; Moen kitchen bridge faucet; Elk Prestique laminate shingles; Trane variable speed air conditioning unit; and Boise Build-Rite services.

To Repair or not to Repair?

The NAHB is spearheading a national campaign to pass and or enhance existing Notice of Opportunity to Repair (NOR) laws in every state. NOR laws are aimed at giving builders the opportunity to repair or resolve legitimate home owner construction issues without going to court.

Best practices: Ideal Homes

Hiring Practices and Profit Sharing Plan

Professional Builder Giant 400: Topping Out? Or Just a Pause?

Professional Builder's 39th Annual Report of Housing's Giants is, as always, a snapshot showing where the largest production builders stand at the end of the previous year. Four months into 2006, we have the perspective to now see 2005 as a bellwether year for housing's big boys by any measure.

Best practices: Veridian Homes

Employee Feedback and Training ProgramsVeridian believes employee development is the heart of a respected company. The Madison, Wisc.-based builder is one of the few in the industry that conducts in-depth weekly one-to-one meetings with associates. The meetings cover a review of accomplishments, frustrations, issues or obstacle resolution, setting of new goals, review of goals an...

Professional Builder Giant 400: Publics Diversify Products

The Supernovas are changing, as are all the public builders. One of the notable recent changes is the vigor of public builders' movement to diversifying locations and product. They say it's to meet fragmenting housing demand. There's also evidence that public builders need to find new ways to meet Wall Street's insatiable demand for growth.

Best practices: Ideal Homes

Ideal Home's rigorous construction-quality processes include: Contractor management: Agreements with contractors detail the scope of work for each completion stage. Ideal associates frequently meet in the field with contractors and train crews to expectation. New practices and procedures continually flow from these meetings.
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