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NAHB / April 3, 2014
The Cost of Doing Business Study, 2014 Edition, a national study of builders’ business practices and financial performance was recently released by BuilderBooks, the publishing arm of National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The Cost of Doing Business Study gives builders the opportunity to see which companies earned a profit and how they did it.
This new resource provides a snapshot of builders’ profitability and expenditures by category. Home builders are given a rare glimpse at other builders’ financial books, with access to data on profitability, cost of sales and expensesRead More
Jennifer Goodman / BUILDER / October 1, 2013
The 2014 New American Home, now under construction near Las Vegas, is destined to be a one-of-a-kind crowd pleaser for the International Builders’ Show attendees who tour it in February.
It is also designed to please its occupants—envisioned as a busy, extended family made up of children, parents, and grandparents. Architect Jeffrey Berkus’ design provides grand spaces for entertaining, areas for homework and schooling, quiet spots for meditation, and multiple outdoor living opportunities. (Click on the slide show at left to see time-lapse images of its construction.)Read More
Charlotte O'Malley / BUILDER / September 30, 2013
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According to Metrostudy’s active new home survey data, the five fastest-growing metros have experienced over 10,000 new home starts. As Metrostudy points out in their blogpost “A Housing Dimension to Forbes’ Recent Projection,” it’s noteworthy that the top three markets experiencing new home growth are included in a recent Forbes article listing top markets for expected job growth annually. Here are the markets that overlap:Read More
Jean Dimeo / BUILDER / September 26, 2013
The recovery brought with it larger new houses. Why?
During the recession, many Americans—reeling from downsized paychecks and declining home values—scaled back their super-sized lifestyles. Sales of giant SUVs and four-door pickup trucks fell, new-home sizes shrunk, recent graduates moved back home with mom and dad, and newlyweds stayed in rental apartments. How quickly we forget the recent past.
Commerce Department data shows that the average size of a new home was 2,647 square feet during the second quarter of 2013, eclipsing the record of 2,561 square feet set in the first quarterRead More