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Big builder 2014 budget planning ... the year of 'being better, or else': UPDATE 2 p.m. EDT

Imagine a diagram that looks somewhat like this one, only the word “Projected” would go on top of this split personality figure, and the word “Actual” would appear at the bottom. On one side are the factors within a home building company management’s control. On the other, externalities, or forces that lie outside any individual’s influence. Welcome to big builder 2014 budget planning, which we’ll call the year of “being better or else.” Are you projecting a 25% increase in sales, with profitability to match, as some home builders are? Or, given the current slowdown, are you paring back your projections? This morning, BIG BUILDER will explore the alternative scenarios from reports around the landscape. Also, check out our top-10 glossary of most common four-letter words used in the budget planning process. Read more

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New Flood Maps Raise New Land-Use Concerns

Will FEMA’s risk-assessment efforts refine or hinder builders’ and developers’ growth? Read more

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HUD Approves Texas Hurricane Recovery Plan

More than 10% of grant will go towards building and restoring affordable rental housing. Read more

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New Orleans Shows Lack of Urgency Towards Emergency Homes Program

Pilot programs to build cottages for emergency housing in disaster areas haven’t played out as planned. Read more

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Flood Rules in Flux, Part II

Updates on Zones A, V, and Coastal A Read more

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Builders and Developers Grapple With Rising Tide of Regulations of Flood Rules

Builders and developers grapple with rising tide of regulations. Read more

Return from Exile
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Return from Exile

TEMPORARY HOUSING HAS A WAY OF BECOMING permanent, as evidenced by the fact that... Read more

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FEMA Auctioning Used Manufactured Homes

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is auctioning off some of the 145,000 manufactured homes it bought in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to provide relief to those who were homeless after the storms. Although mobile home dealers are saying otherwise, FEMA insists its auction will not flood the market or create a drop in prices. Read more

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BUILDER Blocks: The Week in Review

Mar. 9, 2007: Horton CEO predicts a lackluster 2007 (to put it nicely); a weak housing market is increasing the risk of housing related layoffs; FEMA is auctioning off Katrina/Rita manufactured homes much to the chagrin of mobile home dealers; and the housing market is thriving...in Canada. BUILDER Online catches you up with the news you might have missed. Read more

Cottage Industry
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Cottage Industry

A PROPOSAL THAT WOULD ALLOW FEMA TO PROVIDE permanent housing for disaster victims... Read more

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