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  • Analysis: Why Lennar’s Looking to Sell Rialto

    The early interpretation in news of Lennar strategic executives’ discussions to sell its Rialto Capital unit is that the initiative is a reaction to “headwinds” causing a slow down in sales of new homes around the nation. Wall Street Journal staffers Craig Karmin, Laura Kusisto, and Dana Mattioli clearly infer a connection between new home

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  • Navy Is The New Black In Kitchens And Bathrooms, Design Pros Say

    Every year, paint companies and design industry experts come up with their annual color choices for our homes. Color authority Pantone chose Ultra Violet (Pantone 18-3838) as its 2018 color. Sherwin-Williams named blue-green Oceanside (SW 6496) and Benjamin Moore went another direction altogether with its spicy red Caliente (AF-290).  You may paint your walls in

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  • Reliant Brings Texans the Latest Smart Home Technology in Collaboration with Google

    Today Reliant is announcing a preferred partner agreement with Google, positioning Reliant as the premier retail electricity provider of Google Home and Nest products in Texas. This new, powerful collaboration allows Reliant to offer a compelling new suite of electricity plans paired with a full range of the latest smart home innovations from Google and

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  • Building’s Number One Pain Point

    If construction is ever going to attract a next generation of tradesmen and women, the community must take better care of this one. A New York Times hero image portrays Jimmy Sullivan, a bricklayer. Is the story about bricklayers and their essential contribution to building in many markets? Is the story about skilled craftsmen and

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  • Eleven Contemporary- and Traditional-Style Gas Fireplaces and Fire Pits

    While a “traditional-style” fireplace immediately conjures the image of a wood-burning hearth, it’s far from the only option available to builders and designers. Electric, propane, and natural gas-powered burners have enabled and inspired a new range of design options for in-home fire features. Contemporary fires are characterized by their stone, metal, or reflective glass media

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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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