Business financials advice, reports, and trends for professional home builders and remodelers.


Four experts explain how paying attention to cash flow can help keep builders from robbing Peter to pay Paul

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Use these tips to increase margins in 2019


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Custom home builders talk about what they do on the front end of a project to achieve better margins

Jim Murphy

Guaranteed maximum price contracts require a true team effort and an open-book policy


Defining and articulating what is a professional in remodeling or new construction is tougher than in some other industries.


Your custom building clients come from all walks of life. But they have one thing in common: They are successful, and they have money. And more often than not, your clients are wealthy because they spend wisely.


Confidence. Such a simple word but also a word that may have more to do with your success or failure than any other.

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Cleveland mortgage settlement money going toward demolition of vacant houses


A large portion of a multibillion-dollar settlement between the state of Ohio and several large mortgage lenders will go toward demolition of foreclosed, dilapidated houses in the Cleveland area instead of struggling families as intended.

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Rising student debt hampers housing growth


A new report from Bloomberg indicates that first-time homebuyers are having difficulty securing loans thanks to student loan debt totals nearing $1 trillion.

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Obama targets refinancing, bank procedure in State of the Union address


In his first State of the Union address of 2012, President Obama briefly discussed a pair of proposals to help the housing industry this year.

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CoreLogic, FICO add rental payments into credit scores, reports


Credit reporting companies CoreLogic and FICO have begun including rental payments as a factor in determining an individual’s credit score, according to a New York Times report.

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Standard Pacific reports Q2 results


Standard Pacific reported a net loss in the 2011 second quarter of $10.5 million on homebuilding revenues of $204.3 million compared to net income of $10.7 million on homebuilding revenues of $317.2 million in the 2010 second quarter.


Trumark Homes has sold 11 acres of residential real estate in Lake Forest that it purchased just 20 months ago. The sale came in response to a dramatic increase in land value across coastal Southern California.


Housing starts dropped 22.5% in February, falling to 479,000 from the revised January rate of 618,000, according to Calculated Risk.


Early data from the National Federation of Independent Business show positive job growth in February — the fifth consecutive month that small firms’ hiring plans have been consistently positive. According to the new survey, plans to create jobs jumped up two points to a net 5 percent of all firms.


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This Month in Custom Builder


The French luxury switches brand Meljac has developed a new solid brass collection in collaboration with Australian designer Marc Newson.


The HS300 whole-house HEPA filtration unit is designed to be installed directly onto the return air plenum of forced air heating/cooling systems.

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