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Guest Column: External Forces

NAHB's chief economist on what lies ahead for the custom home market?




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Leadership

Creating a Community Theme

A sense of place matters just as much to luxury home buyers as the details of the floorplan and the quality of the finishes. To deliver on this desire, custom builders can borrow a page from their production builder counterparts. Here Terry Smith of architecture firm Bloodgood Sharp Buster gives a quick tutorial in creating a community theme.

Leadership

Insurance Woes Top Concern List

The price of general liability insurance and the ongoing shortage of carriers willing to write such policies for builders pushed these issue to the top of NAHB's annual critical issues surveys. On a scale of one to five, where one equals not at all critical and five equals very critical, general liability insurance cost scored 4.

Economics

Million-Dollar Homes

Once rare, they're now a fast-growing segment of the housing market.

Economics

Revving Up for a New Year

The start of a new year is the perfect time for all company owners, including luxury home builders, to make adjustments to be implemented in the year to come.

Economics

Accountants Aren't Just for Taxes

Ask a builder for a definition of a good accountant, and tax savings probably will be a highlight of the response.

Economics

Borrowing Money: What You Should Tell Your Banker

Depending on others to fund business growth requires you to divulge information you probably would rather keep confidential. But disclosing too much information can harm your prospects of gaining loan approval.

Financial

Storing Nuts for Winter

Even in these times of economic correction, slowdown, mini-recession or whatever other term is being thrown about these days, custom and luxury builders are optimistic.

Economics

Luxury Market Looks to Stay Strong

With a new presidential administration coming in and tech stocks taking a dive, many construction market forecasters seem to want to err on the side of caution. But while the rest of the construction industry is leveling off or even declining in some a...

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