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Will smart home technology go mainstream in 2015?

Will 2015 be the year smart home technology finally goes mainstream? All signs point to yes, according to GigaOM senior writer Stacy Higginbotham: “The future of the connected home is continuing to evolve, and with more startups pitching products, the ship date of older crowdfunding campaigns hitting customer homes and big name companies warming to the space, I’m starting to see a ...
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New starts in September surpassed million-mark for third month in 2014

A lukewarm end of the summer for new home construction was offset by a much better September, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. For the third month this year, housing starts rose above the million-mark nationwide for a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.017 million units — a 6.3 percent increase from the month be...
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Study claims student debt cost housing industry $83B in 2014

Strict lending practices, cost of materials and labor shortages have caused constant headaches for building professionals, but one of the greatest burdens hampering the housing recovery is a bit more academic. According to a new study from John Burns Consulting, student debt among 20-to-40-year-olds will cost the housing industry $83 billion this year. We repeat — $83 billion in 2014. We...
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Landscaping offers instant ROI

When new-home construction budgets are tight and sacrifices must be made, landscaping all too often gets neglected. That might be a mistake according to a new study from Virginia Tech. Landscaping offers much more than curb appeal — it can significantly improve a home’s value. Researcher Alex X. Niemiera with the Department of Horticulture at Virginia Tech found excellent home land...
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Lessons every building professional should learn

Any building professional who claims to know everything there is to know is simply lying. Truth is, this is a crazy, ever-evolving industry, and if one’s eyes and ears aren’t open to the many lessons to be learned on the job, the game may pass them by. While no one knows everything, everyone knows something. Professional Builder recently polled its readers on the most importa...
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