February 2016 Table of Contents

Editor's Notes
Attainability, the Word of the Year BUILDER Attainability, the Word of the Year

It's time to stop speaking of affordability in economists' or policymakers' terms. Payment power matters to one person alone--the one who decides or not, and succeeds or not, in buying a home. Read more

Start
Five Ways to Reach Out to Realtors BUILDERS Five Ways to Reach Out to Realtors

As spring selling season approaches, consider fresh ideas that can get Realtors to your communities. Read more

PulteGroup Bets Big on Southeast Builder PulteGroup Bets Big on Southeast

Atlanta-based Wieland, known for its solid reputation and building upscale homes in the southeast, enticed PulteGroup as it looked to expand. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016 Read more

4 Plans that Pull Together Design Trends 4 Plans that Pull Together Design Trends

Who says trendiness is the opposite of timelessness? Consider the of-the-moment amenities in these house plans: well-integrated outdoor living rooms, ample storage, and flexible rooms suitable for a variety of uses. Since these features are focused on comfort and practicality (as opposed to merely serving as decorative flourishes), it wouldn't be surprising if they stuck around for a long time. Read more

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Stunning Modern House Is Made of Seven Prefab Modules BUILDER Stunning Modern House Is Made of Seven Prefab Modules

The 4,350-square-foot Canadian dwelling was built in a factory and shipped to the jobsite. Read more

California Prefab Doesn't Skimp on Style BUILDER California Prefab Doesn't Skimp on Style

Blu Homes is changing consumers' perception of what a factory-built house looks like. Read more

Boston Prefab Constructed in Four Months BUILDER Boston Prefab Constructed in Four Months

The nine-module custom home arrived on the jobsite complete with wiring, plumbing, lighting, insulation, and trim. Read more

Wire
The Art of the Hairy Deal Builder The Art of the Hairy Deal

California developer-builder Steve Kessler takes on brutal bigger rivals. Read more

Personalization: Pipe-dream or Business Model? BUILDER Personalization: Pipe-dream or Business Model?

Technology once made variation the enemy of efficiency. Then technology learned a few things. Here's a bright, bold case of where 'semi-custom' volume-building is heading. Read more

Features
Builders Bet Big on C and D Lots BUILDER Builders Bet Big on C and D Lots

As the economy improves, builders begin building on lots that could bring entry-level buyers back. Read more

Five Tips to Avoiding Builder Burnout BUILDER Five Tips to Avoiding Builder Burnout

When your work hours seem endless, follow these simple time-management techniques to get your life back. Read more

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Protecting Housing in 2016 BUILDER Protecting Housing in 2016

NAHB’s new chairman urges legislative engagement to educate officials on housing and effect policy change Read more

NGBS Green Hot Off the Presses BUILDER NGBS Green Hot Off the Presses

New report highlights progress and celebrates NGBS Green certification milestones Read more

Survey Reveals New-Home Trends
BUILDER Survey Reveals New-Home Trends

Storage, energy conservation lead list of likely features in 2016 Read more

New NAHB Chairman Will Keep Washington's Eye on the Ball BUILDER New NAHB Chairman Will Keep Washington's Eye on the Ball

Ed Brady, the new NAHB chairman, will aim to keep home builders’ issues at the forefront of legislators’ and presidential candidates’ minds during this hectic election year. Read more

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