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3 Tips for a Profitable Basement Remodel

3 Tips for a Profitable Basement Remodel

With the growing popularity of short-term rentals through companies like Airbnb, countless home owners are looking down their basement stairs and seeing great potential. But not all basements are created equal. A seasoned remodeler offers some advice to builders for when they begin the basement-remodeling process with prospective clients.

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Efficient Plumbing System Earns Ingenuity Award

Filed in Awards, International Builders' Show by on February 16, 2018 2 Comments
Efficient Plumbing System Earns Ingenuity Award

The NAHB Leading Suppliers Council (LSC) presented this year’s Spark Award — honoring an LSC member for developing the most cutting-edge product or service that “takes the home building industry to the next level”— to the SharkBite EvoPEX.

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Home Shoppers, Start Your Engines – It Could Take a While

Filed in Economics, Homeownership by on February 15, 2018 0 Comments
Home Shoppers, Start Your Engines – It Could Take a While

A national poll conducted by NAHB found 61% of prospective home buyers have been trying to find a home to buy for at least three months. Those who were polled cited several reasons for their prolonged search.

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Driverless Cars Might Intersect with Housing Industry

Filed in Economics, Technology by on February 12, 2018 4 Comments
Driverless Cars Might Intersect with Housing Industry

Self-driving cars are becoming a reality, and a new NAHB survey shows how they could potentially impact prospective home buyers.

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Finding Hidden Profits From Change Orders

Finding Hidden Profits From Change Orders

Many builders have contracts and change order policies that leave too much room for interpretation and an excessive amount of client flexibility.

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Competing with Big Builders the Smart Way

Competing with Big Builders the Smart Way

Big builders can typically survive on lower gross and net profits than smaller builders. But small builders have some advantages of their own — traits that can come in handy when attempting to find and purchase land.

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Millennials Lead the Homeownership Resurgence

Filed in Economics, Homeownership by on February 6, 2018 0 Comments
Millennials Lead the Homeownership Resurgence

Momentum continues to build for the housing industry, as evidenced by recent news from the U.S. Census Bureau regarding homeownership.

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Remodeler Goes from Office Manager to Company President

Filed in Councils & Committees, Remodelers by on January 30, 2018 0 Comments
Remodeler Goes from Office Manager to Company President

As an undergrad, Julie Palmer was a history major. But throughout her professional career, she worked her way up to become president of Charlie Allen Renovations in Cambridge, Mass. — proving that the best remodelers don’t always have an extensive construction background. 

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Softwood Lumber Prices Climb to Record Highs

Filed in Construction Industry, Economics by on January 30, 2018 7 Comments
Softwood Lumber Prices Climb to Record Highs

Prices have skyrocketed 30% since Hurricane Harvey hit last summer. The near-term outlook appears uncertain, as trade negotiations among the United States, Canada and Mexico seem to be at a stalemate.

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Tips to Keep Your Subflooring Dry This Winter

Filed in Sponsored Content by on January 25, 2018 0 Comments
Tips to Keep Your Subflooring Dry This Winter

Dealing with wet and frozen subflooring is a reality for many builders during the colder months. The following tips can help keep your build on schedule despite harsh weather.

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