Copyright (c) 2014 en-us Fine Homebuilding - "Business" tag posts Fine Homebuilding - "Business" tag posts Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:17:31 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "Business" tag posts Fine Homebuilding - "Business" tag posts <![CDATA[Demand for Existing Houses Falls]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:05:00 -0500 Demand for Existing Houses Falls Posted by ScottG
Citing government data, the National Association of Home Builders says new home sales are "effectively flat" and that sales of existing homes show a "significant decline." ]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Profiles in Good Business]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:43:06 -0500 Self-Taught MBA: Profiles in Good Business Posted by FPR
Profiles of building enterprises that provide valuable insights. Unique business strategies that work for them, and may work for you. ]]>
<![CDATA[Lawsuits Against Azek Decking are Consolidated]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:00:00 -0500 Lawsuits Against Azek Decking are Consolidated Posted by ScottG
Complaints from Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Illinois claim Azek PVC decking is defective. The lawsuits have now been consolidated in a New Jersey court. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Risks of Building Green]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:47:08 -0500 The Risks of Building Green Posted by ScottG
Contractors who make sustainable building their focus face a variety of business risks that mainstream builders don't have. ]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Strategic Thinking]]> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 11:44:04 -0500 Self-Taught MBA: Strategic Thinking Posted by FPR
What makes the move from tradesman to entrepreneur so difficult? To start, the tradesman focuses almost entirely on tactics—the means and methods of good craft and honest work—while the entrepreneur focuses on a strategy, an ambitious vision to fulfill in the future. Which one are you? ]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Builder-Office Automation]]> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 12:20:00 -0500 Self-Taught MBA: Builder-Office Automation Posted by FPR
Nowadays, builder software offers far more than estimating and accounting. We take a close look at what’s available and discuss how you can determine what office automation products provide the best fit for you. ]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Homebuilder Resolutions--What Will Builders Do Differently in 2014?]]> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 07:50:47 -0500 Self-Taught MBA: Homebuilder Resolutions--What Will Builders Do Differently in 2014? Posted by FPR
We asked homebuilders about their New Year’s resolutions. Here's a sampling of what we got. Please add yours in the comments! ]]>
<![CDATA[Builders' Show In Las Vegas Feb. 4-6]]> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:16:42 -0500 Builders' Show In Las Vegas Feb. 4-6 Posted by ScottG
Hundreds of exhibitors will showcase building products, tools and services for the construction industry in what organizers say is the largest trade event of its kind in the country ]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Accurate Estimates Don't Come Cheap]]> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 13:25:00 -0500 Self-Taught MBA: Accurate Estimates Don't Come Cheap Posted by FPR
Xactimate and XactRemodel are perhaps the most accurate and speedy estimating systems available—but they come at a price. ]]>
<![CDATA[Builder Confidence Steady in November]]> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 15:23:09 -0500 Builder Confidence Steady in November Posted by ScottG
For the sixth consecutive month, builders of single-family homes are generally positive about market conditions, the National Association of Home Builders reports. ]]>
<![CDATA[55+ Housing Market Booming]]> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 09:13:54 -0500 55+ Housing Market Booming Posted by ScottG
The 55+ Housing Market Index increased in the third quarter to its highest reading since launching in 2008. ]]>
<![CDATA[Fewer Buyers Find Houses Affordable]]> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 17:00:01 -0500 Fewer Buyers Find Houses Affordable Posted by ScottG
A survey finds that the proportion of new and existing houses on the market considered 'affordable' declined in the third quarter. ]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Free Estimates]]> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:58:41 -0500 Self-Taught MBA: Free Estimates Posted by FPR
We all give them, but you can get them, too. This series is a response to one reader’s search for more-affordable estimating systems. I'll start with as affordable as it gets: free ]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Dealing With Workforce Diversity]]> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:26:48 -0500 Self-Taught MBA: Dealing With Workforce Diversity Posted by FPR
To lead a diverse team, learn the silent language of culture. And then mine the riches discovered in the differences for a more productive and personally enriching day at work. ]]>
<![CDATA[Builder Confidence Drops]]> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:26:51 -0500 Builder Confidence Drops Posted by ScottG
The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index declined slightly in October, showing a retreat in all three areas the index tracks. The National Association of Home Builders says political turmoil in Washington is to blame. ]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: You're Fired!]]> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:07:42 -0500 Self-Taught MBA: You're Fired! Posted by FPR
It’s the hardest thing you'll ever do as an employer--so hard, in fact, that some firms hire it out. But you can't, and shouldn't, so from time to time you'll have to say those two devastating words: “You're fired.” Still, you can break off with kindness and with a touch of class. ]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Writing Job Descriptions]]> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 14:55:08 -0500 Self-Taught MBA: Writing Job Descriptions Posted by FPR
Every position in your company, including yours, should come with a written job description. What basic elements should a job description contain? Here, you'll find a quick guide to help you create clear, concise descriptions for your employees. ]]>
<![CDATA[Self Taught MBA: New Recruits: The Art of Hiring Right ]]> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 08:30:52 -0500 Self Taught MBA:   New Recruits: The Art of Hiring Right Posted by FPR
Faced with a shortage of qualified workers, contractors suddenly have to confront hiring decisions. In case you've forgot how, here’s a primer on handling the good hire. ]]>
<![CDATA[Spending on New-Home Construction Up]]> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 15:38:36 -0500 Spending on New-Home Construction Up Posted by ScottG
The Commerce Department reports a modest gain in July as private residential construction spending hits its highest level in almost five years ]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Motivating Employees Through Lean Times]]> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 15:27:53 -0500 Self-Taught MBA: Motivating Employees Through Lean Times Posted by FPR
Anyone making weekly payroll knows the meaning of stress. Avoiding white-knuckle Fridays while still motivating your employees requires creative, nonmonetary incentives. Here are a few tricks for keeping the troops happy without a raise. ]]>