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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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  • Prepare Your Business for When the Economy Turns Sour

    It’s the beginning of the fourth quarter and I’d like to address a few different issues that seem pertinent right now. The most important one is to remember that things aren’t always good. In the United States, our last downturn bottomed out in late 2008 or early 2009. That is the usual business cycle in

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  • The 5 Interior Design Rules You Should Never, Ever Break

    Don’t do this. Don’t do that. Always do this. Rules, rules, rules. Where’s the fun in that? We definitely think you should design and decorate your home the way you want. But adhering to just a few simple mandates brings order to the chaos, says Leslie Stephens, owner of Leslie Stephens Design in Richmond, VA. “When we

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  • Plumbers Expected to be in High Demand

    Just when you thought the worker shortage couldn’t get any more vexing, be advised that we are running out of plumbers. According to the Copper Development Association (CDA), over one half of America’s trade professionals are near retirement age and only 3 percent of the surveyed 18 to 25 year olds would consider a career

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