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The 2015 New American Home at IBS promises to be a showstopper

The 2015 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas is just two months away. With record cold temperatures and biblical snow in some parts of the country, we thought a look forward to January’s big gathering might be good for morale! Each year, the New American Home provides building professionals with a glimpse into the future by showcasing the latest products, technologies a...
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New-home sizes shrinking to attract entry-level buyers

According to new data released by the Commerce Department on Wednesday, the median size of a single-family home built during Q3 2014 shrank 2.3% to 2,414 square feet from 2,472. The shift to relatively smaller homes means entry-level buyers may finally have options within their price range. The Wall Street Journal reports: “Median new-home sizes had been on a general upward swing s...
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Consumers of all ages demand smart home tech

Smart technology isn’t just for millennials. In fact, according to a survey of 2,437 consumers conducted by ERA Real Estate and HGTV, smart home technology is the most in-demand home feature across all ages. “While still a growing trend, smart home enhancements have the potential to increase savings, safety and re-sale value,” explained Charlie Young, presi...
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The cost of free estimates

“Free estimate” sure has a nice ring to it. From the client’s point of view, it means getting the diagnosis without necessarily committing the dollars. For a building professional, it means time out of your day, gas mileage, close inspection and application of one’s expertise. Free? For the the client, sure, but that’s rarely the case for building pros. Take...
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How roommates have hampered the housing recovery

Blaming roommates is a reflex for anyone who has ever cohabited.  But roommates could truly be to blame for their role in the housing recovery. The logic goes that more Americans are relying on roommates to help cover mortgage and rent, and recent data suggests the trend may be responsible for up to five million households lost in the past decade. The number of households comprised of ad...
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