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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 […]

While email marketing may lack the sex appeal of social media marketing, a new survey from Constant Contact found respondents rank email marketing as the No. 1 marketing tool for small business. In fact, email marketing was cited by 98% of respondents compared to just 87% for social media. Granted, the survey targeted small business owners spanning all […]

In the unlikely but possible event you scored a drone for Christmas, you may want to read this before planning your first flyover photo shoot. The Federal Aviation Administration recently launched a public safety campaign on the use of drones. While the main focus is recreational usage, the FAA reminds drone owners that commercial usage […]

‘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 […]

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