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Self-Taught MBA: Know the Battlefield

Self-Taught MBA: Know the Battlefield

Strategic thinking is essential to success in any highly competitive activity, and the building business qualifies as one. This, the second in our three-part series on strategy, focuses on learning the contours of the real-estate marketplace, the builder's battlefield.

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Demand for Existing Houses Falls

Demand for Existing Houses Falls

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."

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Self-Taught MBA: Profiles in Good Business

Self-Taught MBA: Profiles in Good Business

Profiles of building enterprises that provide valuable insights. Unique business strategies that work for them, and may work for you.

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Lawsuits Against Azek Decking are Consolidated

Lawsuits Against Azek Decking are Consolidated

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Complaints from Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Illinois claim Azek PVC decking is defective. The lawsuits have now been consolidated in a New Jersey court.

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The Risks of Building Green

The Risks of Building Green

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Contractors who make sustainable building their focus face a variety of business risks that mainstream builders don't have.

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Self-Taught MBA: Strategic Thinking

Self-Taught MBA: Strategic Thinking

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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?

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Self-Taught MBA: Builder-Office Automation

Self-Taught MBA: Builder-Office Automation

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.

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Self-Taught MBA: Homebuilder Resolutions--What Will Builders Do Differently in 2014?

Self-Taught MBA: Homebuilder Resolutions--What Will Builders Do Differently in 2014?

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We asked homebuilders about their New Year’s resolutions. Here's a sampling of what we got. Please add yours in the comments!

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Builders Show In Las Vegas Feb. 4-6

Builders' Show In Las Vegas Feb. 4-6

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

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Self-Taught MBA: Accurate Estimates Dont Come Cheap

Self-Taught MBA: Accurate Estimates Don't Come Cheap

Xactimate and XactRemodel are perhaps the most accurate and speedy estimating systems available—but they come at a price.

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Builder Confidence Steady in November

Builder Confidence Steady in November

For the sixth consecutive month, builders of single-family homes are generally positive about market conditions, the National Association of Home Builders reports.

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55+ Housing Market Booming

55+ Housing Market Booming

The 55+ Housing Market Index increased in the third quarter to its highest reading since launching in 2008.

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Fewer Buyers Find Houses Affordable

Fewer Buyers Find Houses Affordable

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A survey finds that the proportion of new and existing houses on the market considered 'affordable' declined in the third quarter.

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Self-Taught MBA: Free Estimates

Self-Taught MBA: Free Estimates

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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

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Self-Taught MBA: Dealing With Workforce Diversity

Self-Taught MBA: Dealing With Workforce Diversity

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.

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Builder Confidence Drops

Builder Confidence Drops

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.

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Self-Taught MBA: Youre Fired!

Self-Taught MBA: You're Fired!

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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.

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Self-Taught MBA: Writing Job Descriptions

Self-Taught MBA: Writing Job Descriptions

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.

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Self Taught MBA:   New Recruits: The Art of Hiring Right

Self Taught MBA: New Recruits: The Art of Hiring Right

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.

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Spending on New-Home Construction Up

Spending on New-Home Construction Up

The Commerce Department reports a modest gain in July as private residential construction spending hits its highest level in almost five years

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