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PB April 2006


PB April 2006

Professional Builder Giant 400: Publics' Profits at Peak

The public home builders' filings with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission show these companies made their best margins ever in 2005, even though they don't separate land profits from those made by building and selling houses. It will be a tough act to follow this year. "The publics are secretive about costs," says management consultant and PB columnist Chuck Shinn.

2006 NHQ Award: Business Results / Past Winners

These are the metrics used to score National Housing Quality award applicants. A list of winners dating back to 1993 is also included.

Professional Builder Giant 400: Even Small Private Builders Can Compete

The common denominator is good management, not whether the company is big or small, public or private.

Past Winners

2006 Shea Homes San Diego - Gold Veridian Homes - Gold Ideal Homes - Gold CP Morgan - Silver Pringle Development Inc. - Silver KB Home Nevada - Silver 2005 Grayson Homes Gold Pulte Homes (National) Gold Ideal Homes Silver Estes Builders, LLC Silver Veridian Homes Silver Pringle Development, Inc. HM 2004 Grayson Homes Silver Boardwalk Builders Silver Schuck and Sons Silver 2003 History Maker Ho...

H.R. Department: More Vacancies Ahead?

Most builders will tell you that people — or lack there of — are their greatest challenge to growth. The need for qualified people at all levels is far greater than the supply. Nothing indicates the situation will improve anytime soon.

Professional Builder Giant 400: What Happens Next?

It's been more than 13 years since the housing industry faced this kind of uncertainty.

Shea Homes San Diego - 2006 NHQ Gold Award Winner

Corporate Profile: Shea Homes San Diego (SHSD) is part of the J.F. Shea Co. Inc. family of companies. Established in 1881, Shea is one of the oldest and largest privately held operations in the United States. Started in 1968, Shea Homes builds homes and develops master-planned communities throughout California, Colorado, Arizona, North Carolina and Washington.

Your Choice in Cost Control

What is your strategy for finding money when you need it most? Here is an exercise for discovering how you and your staff go about uncovering hidden assets.

Pipe Dreams: Behind the Scene Upgrades

If you want to build kitchens and baths that are beautiful inside and out, you might want to make some upgrades where they can't be seen — the plumbing system. Technologies like home run plumbing, air admittance valves (AAVs), tankless water heaters, low-flow fixtures and gray water reuse piping provide homeowners easier long-term maintenance and lower utility bills.

Veridian Homes - 2006 NHQ Gold Award Winner

Corporate Profile: Veridian Homes of Madison, Wisc. is a semi-custom production builder of single and condominium homes. Family-owned and operated, Veridian was formed in 2003 through the merger of Don Simon Homes and Midland Builders, two of Wisconsin's oldest and most respected home builders.

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