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PB August 2007


PB August 2007

In My Own Words: Haven Properties

Mike Baptist, president of Haven Properties, Atlanta, shares a few of the product selections that his firm likes to use in the homes they build.

Laundry Rooms Become Multipurpose Spaces

The utilitarian laundry room is morphing into a bigger, more attractive space for more than washing clothes. Dog showers, gift-wrapping stations, study areas, sewing centers and potting sinks are common elements. The growing popularity of front-loading washers and dryers is also driving the trend. Laundry room storage has grown, too.

Product Report: New Products August 2007

Here's a look at new products for homebuilders, including a saw that can cut through just about anything and sheathing clips for roofing jobs.

FPSFs Can Become a Homebuilder's Best Friend

A good foundation system is integral to a comfortable end product, and frost-protected shallow foundations can get you there. When the slab is insulated from the outside, FPSFs make a home warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

ProBuilder Product Report: Paints, Caulks and Sealants

Included are the latest products to seal the cracks, stop the gaps and plug up the leaks.

Fidelity Homes' Targets a Range of Homebuyers in Sarasota, Fla.

Fidelity Homes is attracting a cross-section of home buyers to University Groves in Sarasota, Fla., with designs that buck the Mediterranean Revival trend and floorplans with highly functional spaces such as the Florida basement and the family studio/laundry room. The homes are part of a master-planned community with its own town center and a prime location near medical facilities and downtown Sarasota.

Lesson for Homebuilding Executives: Have Fun

When was the last time you laughed at work? If it wasn't today, it could explain why your sales are not better than they are. Executives are realizing the benefits of a fun and happy workplace. According to researchers, people who have fun on the job are more creative, more productive and more loyal.

Benchmark Power for Home Builders

Professional Builder has recently established a new program in partnership with iLumen Financial Information Network that will make benchmarking much easier for builders. Called the Reed Construction Dashboard, this online program allows builders to quickly and efficiently upload financial data and compare it to other builders' metrics.

Analyze Your Interviews

Here are this month's tips to help you gauge your home-building industry candidates.

Create a New Sales Pitch and Team with a Realtor to Boost Homebuilder Business

Talk with most sales professionals today and the conversation sooner or later turns to the glory days of new home sales. They complain of customers today who shop and keep waiting for a better deal while traffic dwindles. There is no guarantee that we will ever see the kind of market that we witnessed in 2003–2005, and if — and this is a big if — it comes along again, chances ...

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