August 2006 Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Peer Review

With economic conditions for the housing industry looking grimmer and grimmer, the competition is upping the ante in a big way: The resale market is slashing prices; big builders are giving away cash, cars, and fully equipped home theater rooms; and local builders are trying every trick in the book in an effort to stand out from the crowd. Read more

You Know the Drill You Know the Drill

THE U.S. TOOL INDUSTRY SELLS more cordless drills/drivers per year than any other power tool. An extremely useful and versatile product, the cordless driver is likely the most popular piece on the job-site as well. Not content to leave well enough alone, manufacturers have found ways to create specialized versions in the category. Read more

Roll On Roll On

DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR, PAINT PROBABLY offers the best value in a house. Read more

Internet Pick Site-Seeing

WINDOW MANUFACTURER Pella has unveiled a new Web site that the company says is designed to help builders, contractors, and other trade professionals increase their profit potential. In addition to the typical product information, the site offers design and installation resources as well as materials to help provide better customer service. Read more

Mortgage Practices Minority Report

Blacks and hispanics get more high-interest subprime mortgages than do whites, even when the borrowers have the same risk factors, says a new report by the Center for Responsible Lending, a nonprofit research and policy organization based in Durham, N.C. Read more

Land Shortage Wish Upon a Star

Orlando, Fla.–area builders and developers are hoping that Walt Disney World frees more of its local real estate empire for residential development. Read more

Personnel Matters Top-Notch Training

Each year, Read more

House Blend: August 2006

- A study commissioned by the Sacramento-based California Building Industry Association estimates that red tape and regulations hurt California's economy in 2005. - Bayport, Minn.–based Andersen Corp. announces purchase of Silver Line Building Products, a manufacturer of vinyl windows and patio doors. - Weyerhaeuser Co., parent company of Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Co., announces plans to sell its six U.S. composite mills to Flakeboard Co. Read more

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