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Housing Starts Fall in June

Housing Starts Fall in June

Builders may be feeling more upbeat, but the number of new homes started in the month of June showed a sharp decline.

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Builder Confidence Going Up

Builder Confidence Going Up

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo housing-market index rises to highest level since January 2006.

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Housing Market Looks Brighter

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More than one-third of all new homes sold in May were not yet under construction, a signal that the housing industry continues to gain strength.

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Self-Taught MBA: Collaboration and Competition

Self-Taught MBA: Collaboration and Competition

In real estate and construction, you will engage in every sort of negotiation, from win-win to the most disheartening losses. By learning the techniques and tactics of professional negotiators, you will see through the fog of war, understand the gambits being played to focus on achieving desirable results.

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Getting Help With Social Media

A book by a public-relations expert offers help to builders who want to expand their use of social media.

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Owens Corning Buys Mineral-Wool Maker

Owens Corning Buys Mineral-Wool Maker

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The fiberglass insulation giant adds to its portfolio with the purchase of Thermafiber Inc., an Indiana manufacturer with a single plant in Wabash

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Self-Taught MBA: Lets Make a Deal

Self-Taught MBA: Let's Make a Deal

The negotiator's playbook includes a handful of tactics and a few dirty tricks.

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Supply of Homes Tightens

Supply of Homes Tightens

Home prices climbed nearly 11% in March as buyers competed for a limited number of houses. An improving housing market should be good news for builders.

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Whens the Right Time to Go Out on Your Own?

When's the Right Time to Go Out on Your Own?

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A carpenter who works for a custom-home builder is entertaining thoughts of starting his own remodeling business, but he doesn't know if this is the right time or how to get started.

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Builders Promote the All-American House

Builders Promote the All-American House

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Builders in Montana and Delaware pursue web campaigns to increase the use of American-made products in U.S. houses. They cite minimal cost differences, and say even a modest switch in buying habits will mean more jobs here.

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Self-Taught MBA: The Real Value of Experience

Self-Taught MBA: The Real Value of Experience

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In the end, the hard-won soft skills are more solid assets than the technical skills that got you started in business

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Self-Taught MBA: The Little Lumberyard that Could

Self-Taught MBA: The Little Lumberyard that Could

Meek’s Lumber & Hardware does not have some of the advantages of a national chain, but it competes by providing what a megaenterprise cannot: heart, and lower prices. This small lumberyard chain has set up a responsive, contractor-focused alliance with its customers to build up sales through the success of their contractors.

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Can We Get Smarter About Job-Site Communication?

Can We Get Smarter About Job-Site Communication?

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An inquiry into ways to eliminate waste and increase productivity on construction projects

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Self-Taught MBA:  Make Your Digital Devices Work Harder and Smarter

Self-Taught MBA: Make Your Digital Devices Work Harder and Smarter

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Builder and business owner Sergio Grado recommends his go-to desktop, tablet, and smart-phone apps for finance, construction, and more

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NAHB Sees Shortage of Skilled Labor

NAHB Sees Shortage of Skilled Labor

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The National Association of Home Builders says a shortage of skilled labor is slowing recovery of the housing industry

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Building Energy 13: Old Hippies Conspire to Save the World

Building Energy 13: Old Hippies Conspire to Save the World

After a visit to the annual conference and trade show of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, editor-at-large Kevin Ireton reports on the business of energy-efficient home building, deep-energy retrofits, and more

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Survey Says: The Single-Family Home Is Still King

Survey Says: The Single-Family Home Is Still King

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A National Association of Home Builders survey dives deeply into the psyche of American homebuyers, and their preferences may surprise you.

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Letter to the Editor: Financial burdens of complying with future building codes

Letter to the Editor: Financial burdens of complying with future building codes

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An avid reader is simply trying to make a point about how common sense and logic often take a backseat when well-intentioned altruisms are allowed to become unsubstantiated societal movements

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A Conversation with Tedd Benson About the Road from Fine Carpenter to Fine Businessman

A Conversation with Tedd Benson About the Road from Fine Carpenter to Fine Businessman

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Tedd Benson, one of the most celebrated homebuilders in America, has been a leader in reintroducing the art of timber framing, and has continued to develop it using modern technology to create structures of lasting beauty and high efficiency. He also built a successful business, stalwart enough to sail through the Great Recession and expand. I recently had the opportunity talk with Tedd Benson and learn about his background, his business, and his plans for the future.

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Self-Taught MBA: Are You Ready for Building Information Modeling?

Self-Taught MBA: Are You Ready for Building Information Modeling?

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Building information modeling (BIM) is the next evolution of CAD, involving the five-dimensional generation and management of digital plans. This post, written by my colleague Kristin Dispenza, introduces a new product specifically for small firms.

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