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The Rental Hedge: Production Builders Add Rentals in Hybrid Business Model

The Rental Hedge: Production Builders Add Rentals in Hybrid Business Model

As the homeownership rate creeps lower, a number of builders--including Toll, Lennar and Ryland--are testing out and in some cases diving head-first into the rental market. Here, Sharon O'Malley takes a comprehensive look at... read more >

Labor Woes? Think Locally

Labor Woes? Think Locally

While many contractors look out of state for qualified workers, a Florida firm hires local labor to help keep the region's... read more >

4 Smart Plans for Small Homes with Ample Storage

4 Smart Plans for Small Homes with Ample Storage

These under-2,000-square-feet homes offer buyers a sense of organization and order with plenty of closets and storage... read more >

Seven Keys to Alleviating Permitting Pain

Seven Keys to Alleviating Permitting Pain

Home builders should urge their local officials to make the permitting... read more >

Personal Vs. Custom

Personal Vs. Custom

Back to basics, and one of the basics is the ever-changing, ever-classic... read more >

Five Questions to Ask When Choosing Solar Panels

Five Questions to Ask When Choosing Solar Panels

Builders should choose products and partners carefully when deciding to offer solar power. Here are five questions that... read more >

The Connected Home: The Next Frontier in Whole Home Performance

The Connected Home: The Next Frontier in Whole Home Performance

Connectivity presents one of the greatest opportunities to advance home performance, says BUILDER blogger Betsy Scott of... read more >

The Green Police Light Up With OLEDs

The Green Police Light Up With OLEDs

Organic LEDs, or OLEDs, have reached the market! Carl Seville and Michael Anschel stop by Acuity to share their excitement... read more >

The Builder Business

These Are the Top 20 Cities Americans Are Ditching

Bloomberg's Erin Roman and Wei Lu reveal the cities that Americans are fleeing, and surprisingly, many of these cities also tend to be the ones that have the most inflow of international residents.

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Chinese Firm Builds Modular 3D-Printed Villa in 10 Days a 3-d printed villa in china that took 10 days to complete

ZhuoDa, a Chinese firm, successfully built a modular villa from start to finish in 10 days at roughly $450 a square meter.

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Secret Suburbs: The Most Family-Friendly Middle-Class Towns in America

Family Circle weighed a variety of factors--including median income, home price, quality of schools and the amount of households with children--to zero in on the nation's 10 best locales for families.

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BUILDER Deal Flow

Exclusive updates, data, and takeaways on funding, private placements, syndications, initial public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions.

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Practice Makes Process
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Practice Makes Process

Is the big benefit of home builders' workflow improvement better margins or is it... Read more

Does Culture Eat Strategy for Lunch?
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Does Culture Eat Strategy for Lunch?

Forrest Performance Group's Jason Forrest challenges you to pick ... is your... Read more

The Top 10 Builders in the Best Metros for Millennials
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The Top 10 Builders in the Best Metros for Millennials

As new home buying gradually shifts from boomers to millennials in the next few... Read more

How to Breed Best-of-Breed
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How to Breed Best-of-Breed

BIG BUILDER contributor Clark Ellis points out the challenges and benefits of... Read more

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Excel or Else
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Excel or Else

There’s no place for average in home building today Read more

Perfecting the Process of Home Building
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Perfecting the Process of Home Building

By fine tuning each step in the home building process, you can deliver better... Read more

Operational Excellence: 16 Essentials
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Operational Excellence: 16 Essentials

Have you achieved operational excellence? BIG BUILDER contributor Fletcher Groves... Read more

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