Not all builders are experiencing the best of times. In the Milwaukee market, home builders are offering consumer incentives much like banks, car dealers, and consumer electronics stores. At least a half-dozen metro-Milwaukee home builders are offering specials such as hardwood floors for the price of vinyl, prepaid HOA dues, and a high-definition TV. Building permits were down 15 percent in the Milwaukee area for the first six months of 2005 from the same period in 2004, according to MTD Marketing Services.


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