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According to Professional Builder, builders have been experiencing a problem of higher sales and lower profit margins. They also state that this phenomenon is predicted to continue through 2016 and possibly further. The following 12 practices can be put into action to help builders combat higher sales and low profit margins. 12 Processes That Must […]

Integrity Windows and Doors has teamed up with building industry thought leader, Matt Risinger, president of Austin, Texas-based Risinger Homes, to provide insights and best practices to fellow professionals across the country. This is the first in a six-part series.  The Texas Sun is blazing where I build in and around Austin. Let me give you three […]

Although the numbers have yet to fully recover, according to the Wall Street Journal, and as reported by the Professional Builder, First time and entry-level buyers are returning to the market after years of dormancy. In fact, first time buyers accounted for approximately 18 percent of new-home sales thus far in 2015. Even so, The […]

So Much Space!

April 22nd, 2015

In terms of commercial real estate news, the growth of the self-storage industry has been relatively quiet. Even so, it’s a booming business! As stated by Curbed, “To put it in perspective, the industry has 48,500 locations across the county, more than triple the number of McDonald’s (14,350) restaurants, and generates $24 billion in revenue […]

RealtyTrac, one of the nation’s leading sources for comprehensive housing data, recently released a new study that shows that many renters may want to consider buying a home instead of continuing to pay steep rental costs. According to RealtyTrac’s Residential Rental Property Analysis, and as reported on by Realtor Mag, “The monthly payment on a […]

Spray foam insulation has a lot of benefits. It protects buildings from moisture intrusion, provides up to three times more insulation than that of traditional fiberglass, and saves a great deal in energy costs. Although beneficial to the environment, there is also research that implies spray foam can be detrimental to one’s health if not […]

Think about how often you read about or discuss green building a high-efficiency homes. Surely, these areas of focus are common knowledge to most homeowners…right? Not even close. According to a survey by the advertising agency Shelton Group (Knoxville, Tenn.), only 38 percent of 2,009 Americans polled could define “efficient home,” while only 14 percent […]

Whether you didn’t make the trip to the International Builders’ Show here in Las Vegas, or you’re here and just haven’t had the chance to visit our booth — it’s C5520, by the way! — here are just a few of the exciting new products we have on display.   4 Panel Wood-Ultrex® Sliding French Door Let […]

Last week, the Federal Housing Administration announced a decrease in annual mortgage insurance premiums with the intent of making FHA loans more affordable for prospective buyers. As many have already noted, the decrease — from 1.35 percent to 0.85 percent — will only save borrowers an average of $900 per year. This in mind, the […]

Welcome to 2015! We certainly hope you’ll look back on 2014 with fondness, but a look at the crystal ball reveals the year ahead may be even more positive for the housing market. In an article titled “10 Reasons 2015 Will Rock,” the Melissa Dittmann Tracey of the National Association of Realtor consolidated industry forecasts […]

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