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  • FourPlans: Well-Designed Starter Homes

    It’s all about a clever use of space with these attractive entry-level homes. Modern and farmhouse styles (including, of course, modern farmhouse style) work quite well in a scaled-down format, losing none of its clean lines or timeless charm. And inside these designs, buyers will be surprised at some of the modern amenities like large

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  • Lennar Introduces Bungalow Line to Houston-Area MP

    Lennar is introducing a classic home design with a slate of modern amenities priced from the $200,000s in top-selling Woodforest        in  Montgomery, Texas, northwest of Houston. Lennar recently began sales of single-story, bungalow-style designs in the Montgomery County master-planned community. The homes feature gabled, low-pitch roofs, front porches and open floor plans. “These

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  • Builders using more glass in home design as quality improves

    The first year that Bob Webb Homes used transom windows in the showcase house the company built for a home tour, visitors described the house as bright, warm and inviting. While few mentioned the windows, company representatives said tour participants were responding favorably to the additional natural light provided by the horizontal windows above the

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  • The Top Five Political Issues Affecting Builders

    Government regulations account for nearly 25% of the cost of building a typical new single-family home—almost $85,000—according to NAHB statistics, pricing 14 million Americans out of homeownership. By placing a freeze on all regulations passed during the final months of the Obama administration and issuing executive orders directing federal agencies to identify regulations that could

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  • Americans and Europeans have very different ideas on home design

    Gas-guzzling SUVs or shared electric cars. Trump or Macron. Burgers or steak tartar. Despite globalization, Americans and European still have very distinct tastes when it comes to, well, almost everything. Homes are no exception–although new statistics underline some striking coincidences. Porch, an app for finding contractors, recently conducted a survey of 600 people in the

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  • The Affordability Dilemma

    Talk about scary statistics, here’s one from Trulia senior economist Cheryl Young. “In San Francisco and San Jose, Calif. starter home buyers will need to spend over 100 percent of their income to afford an entry level home.” For many of our young adult children coming of age as the lifeblood and true north of

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