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  • Nine Water-Saving Products That Meet Strict Standards

    According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, almost 45% of California experienced moderate, severe, or extreme drought this summer. All of the state’s coastal cities are experiencing drought or abnormal dryness, with Southern California hardest hit by severe and extreme drought conditions. In addition, the abnormally dry weather and vegetation has fueled destructive wildfires. In response,

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  • Voice Control Tops Home Technology Trends At CEDIA 2018 Industry Show

    You probably know about Alexa, the icon of Amazon’s voice control suite. Maybe she’s already in your home. But have you met Josh? Josh is an award-winning voice control system from Josh AI, and takes complex instructions like ‘lower the shades,’ ‘play Classic Jazz on Pandora,’ ‘dim the lights’ and ‘set the air conditioning to

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  • Amazon Joins as Ground-Up Investor in Offsite Home Building

    Alexa Fund teams up with other venture capital investors in $6.7 million Series A fund round for California tech-influenced building pioneer Plant Prefab. For Amazon’s almost inevitable entry into home design, development, finance and construction, well beyond the home tech interfaces Alexa and the echo have revolutionized, the future is now. Amazon’s Alexa Fund–set up

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  • CoreLogic Estimates Florence Damage at $19-$28.5 Billion

    CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), Irvine, late Monday updated residential and commercial flood and wind loss estimates for Hurricane Florence. According to this new data analysis, flood loss for residential and commercial properties in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia is estimated to be between $19 billion and $28.5 billion, which includes both storm surge and inland

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  • Subflooring’s OSB vs. Plywood Battle

    Although oriented strand board (OSB) has a commanding 75% market share in sheathing for new home construction compared to plywood’s 25%, it’s a much more competitive race in subflooring. Here are some reasons why some builders prefer OSB for subflooring jobs: Price – The National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) estimates that for a

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  • The Decade-Long Growth in Rentership Is Reversing

    A decade-long surge in rentership spanning the later years of the housing boom, the entirety of the housing bust and the early years of the subsequent recovery came to an abrupt end in 2016, according to an analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Homeownership and Housing Vacancy Survey. Between Q4 2006 and Q2

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