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Custom Home Building Gets Good News

New data from NAHB shows that while much of the market is in contraction, custom home building continues to gain strength 




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Marketing & Sales

Mark Richardson on selling: 'Embrace it, then master it'

Most successful business people are also masters at selling. Here are three proven approaches for becoming a sales pro.

Leadership

Ideas for the upturn

Richard Dugas, the CEO of PulteGroup, did not want to throw cold water on the party, but he deserves credit for at least pointing out that housing…

Business

CB September 2012

One with nature: Stunning custom homes that make the most of their natural surroundings | Mark Richardson: What is growth?

Leadership

Mark Richardson: What is growth?

We often think of growth strictly as an increase in top-line sales, number of projects, or number of team members. But there’s much more to it, writes business coach Mark Richardson.

Best Practices

The rule of 8, 9, 12 but never 16

Todd Hallett and I are running a LeanPlan Workout session this week in Tennessee with one of my favorite builders. In the years I have known them…

Best Practices

Watch out for this extreme common framing error that causes warranty nightmares

Whether you call them crickets or saddles, the little patch of roof that is bridging water past a chimney or other element obstructing water flow is…

Design

One-of-a-Kind Green Homes

These custom-built homes make a strong design statement while delivering a high level of energy and resource efficiency.

Leadership

10 steps to mastering field quality – A positive indicator for a recovering industry

The 5th article in my series on Quality Management was just published by Professional Builder Magazine and appears concurrently on www.HousingZone.…

Data & Research

Remodeling Market Index recedes slightly in second quarter

The second quarter results of the Remodeling Market Index (RMI) slipped under pressure from a softening labor market, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), dropping two points to 45.

Design

Design axioms of a world-class inventor

Chances are, you’ve never heard of Tony Fadell. But I would bet a very large sum of money (okay, $100) that you’ve heard of his most notable creation…

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