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Profitability Starts With Land

Soaring land prices the past several years have spurred more builders to enter raw land acquisition and development for the first time. Be careful.

Understanding the Candidate

A strong candidate provides fact-based answers and examples. If you don't fully understand what a candidate has done in the past, how can you predict his or her success in your company?

Silver Springs Village

Silver Springs Village, an active-adult project in Atlanta's west suburbs, proves that seniors will flock to a TND community, especially if prices stay under $200,000.

Design Sketchbook: Outdoor Kitchens

These areas can really cook nearly year-round.

A Dose of Reality

The biggest key to inoculation is to follow through with reassurances that you could handle problems or reduce their impact. Customers want to believe that you have everything under control.

ICC Approves SIPs for All Seismic Zones

In a series of cyclic shear wall tests on structural insulated panels, APA - The Engineered Wood Association found that SIP walls perform similarly or better than stick-built walls under simulated earthquake conditions.

Bauer Highlands

In a new home market dominated by Craftsman homes, a two-builder team brought European flair to middle-market buyers in Portland, Oregon.

Watch Those Interest Rates

With home sales booming and recent price increases in petro-leum products and building materials, the stage is set for the Federal Reserve Board to raise interest rates, which could put a damper on housing demand.

Finisterra at Firelight

The latest project from Joyce Homes in master-planned Highlands Ranch, Colo., is in Firelight, an upscale subdivision of detached single-family homes with its own homeowners association.

Plastic Ducts Can Limit Leaks

A recent installation of a rigid-plastic ductwork system in a home in Cartersville, Ga., indicates that plastic ducts can reduce air leakage.

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