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‘Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions, but that doesn’t mean your list has to be headlined by the usual suspects like “run a marathon” or “ditch French fries for side salads.” We love the idea of professional resolutions. Whether you’re an entry-level employee, a mid-level manager or the owner and founder, turning the calendar with […]

It’s a good time to be in the luxury home business. According to new housing data from the National Association of Realtors, sales of existing homes priced at over $1 million increased by 16 percent in October compared to the year before. The luxury market is now the hottest in the housing industry. It takes […]

We don’t mean to create unnecessary panic, but do you know what former clients are saying about your company online? It’s important you do, because new research from shows 80 percent of American adults read online reviews before making a purchase. And we’re not just talking millennials, either. That figure is consistent across all age groups. […]

The absolute pinnacle of residential building is bringing to life a dream house for a client. In this situation, clients have saved typically saved a considerable amount of money, cultivated a vision and created an ideal outcome. And while clients may have built new in the past, every process is completely new. So, how do you set […]

Thanksgiving holds a special meaning for Integrity Windows and Doors from Marvin, and not only because we’re thankful for our many employees, partners and those who choose our products. It’s this time of year we like to talk about turkeys and sustainability. You read that correctly — turkeys and sustainability. The Marvin factory in Warroad, Minn., […]

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, a blog focusing on building and designing. McCadden broached the topic with an initial post back in August, in which he wrote, If as […]

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