We see 2014 as home building's "fend for yourself" year. Fewer government accommodations, a harsher financial climate, particularly for first-timer entry-level buyers, pressures on input costs, including labor, and a more-discriminating home buyer than ever. And, if that's not enough, the recovery's seven dwarfs--Bumpy, Lumpy, Choppy, Grumpy, Iffy, Sniffy, and Fitful--each want attention and care. Here's 10 bold predictions for the 12 months ahead.
TICK, TICK, TICK: time's ticking away, and this is the week we're completing our research on "home building's 10 most influential women executives" in 2013. Go to the post; check out the list; add to it; tell us what we should be looking at for judging criteria; give us your thoughts. This is a moment to focus on a leadership talent pool that deserves attention and growth opportunity now, not later.