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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 […]

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, […]

The cost of free estimates

November 12th, 2014

“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 […]

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 […]

Are you really a salesperson if you email a proposal to your client rather than present it in person? This was the topic of an outstanding and unplanned point/counterpoint on shawnmccadden.com, a blog focusing on building and designing. McCadden broached the topic with an initial post back in August, in which he wrote, If as […]

Strict lending practices, cost of materials and labor shortages have caused constant headaches for building professionals, but one of the greatest burdens hampering the housing recovery is a bit more academic. According to a new study from John Burns Consulting, student debt among 20-to-40-year-olds will cost the housing industry $83 billion this year. We repeat — $83 billion […]

The recession was particularly brutal to condominiums, but new data suggests the sector may be catching up with the rest of the housing industry on the long, winding path to recovery. According to data from CoreLogic, in June 2013, 22 of the 25 top condo markets in the U.S. reported rises in sales compared to […]

Builder, remodeler, architect, designer…mobile marketer? No matter how you identify yourself professionally, the ability to market your trade via mobile devices (including smartphones and tablets) is paramount. But what exactly does mobile marketing mean? Does your business have a website? Great. In all likelihood, it was built to be experienced by users operating a desktop […]

Fall officially arrived on Tuesday, but statistics from the summer building season are continuing to pour in. Prepare yourself for some good news. According to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau, sales of newly built, single-family homes increased by 18 percent in August. The […]

You shouldn’t have to scroll very far down to find a Builder Blog story about the rise of urban living. The migration to large metro areas may still be on the rise, but don’t count out exurbs just yet. According to The Wall Street Journal, home values in exurbs — think of towns located in […]

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